Big Freedia, known as the Queen of Bounce, is a New Orleans-based rapper and
ambassador of Bounce music. A vibrant twist on hip-hop, Bounce music is characterized
by call-and-response lyrics over rapid-fire beats and booty-shaking.
After running the New Orleans club scene for over two decades, Big Freedia is now
bringing the Bounce movement to a world-wide stage with her hit reality show,
“Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce” on Fuse TV. The weekly docu-series follows the life of a
gay choirboy turned Bounce rapper and, after 3 seasons, remains the highest rated original
series for the network, and after receiving the GLAAD Media Award in 2013, the show was
nominated for the award again in 2014. Season 4 will debut on September 30, 2015.
Last year, Big Freedia released his much-anticipated debut LP, Just Be Free. Named one of
the ‘best electronic releases of 2014’ by Rolling Stone, the album was critically acclaimed in
outlets such as Pitchfork, SPIN, USA Today, and Consequence of Sound.
Big Freedia maintains a rigorous tour schedule which features his legendary shake team
and Bounce dance moves like “the twerk” (popularized by Miley Cyrus in 2013), “the
shake” “the wiggle,” “the bend ova,” the “hands on the ground,” to name just a few. He
and his shake team are a festival favorite, often known to steal the show at Outside Lands,
Fun Fun Fun Fest, and Bumbershoot.
In 2012, Big Freedia made his television network debut on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” He has
also appeared on “Last Call with Carson Daly,” “Watch What Happens Live,” NPR’s ‘All
Things Considered,’ NPR’s ‘Marketplace,’ and “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell.”
In 2015, Big Freedia penned his first memoir, Big Freedia: God Save the Queen Diva! on
Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster. The book was hailed in the press by outlets from Rolling
Stone and Pitchfork to OUT and BUST. A collaboration with pop-vocalist Sia for “Eye of the
Needle” was released summer as part of the Adult Swim Series. His second EP, entitled
Good Times, will be released the Fall.
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