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Big Freedia

About

Freddie Ross Jr. (born January 28, 1978), better known by her stage name Big Freedia ( FREE-də), is an American rapper known for her work in the New Orleans genre of hip hop called bounce music. Freedia has been credited with helping popularize the genre, which had been largely underground since developing in the early 1990s. Freedia identifies as a gay man and is ambivalent about pronouns, using all of them interchangeably.Freedia started singing in the choir of the neighborhood Baptist church, Pressing Onward M.B.C., and started a professional performance career around 1999. 2003 saw the release of Freedia's debut studio album Queen Diva. She first gained mainstream exposure in 2009, and her 2010 album Big Freedia Hitz Vol. 1 was re-released on Scion A/V in March 2011, as well as a number of music videos.In 2011, she was named Best Emerging Artist and Best Hip-Hop/Rap Artist in January's "Best of the Beat Awards," and was nominated for the 2011 22nd GLAAD Media Awards. In 2013, she got her own reality show on the Fuse Channel, which chronicles her life on tour and at home. On July 7, 2015, she released her autobiography God Save the Queen Diva!.

In 2016, Beyonce released a surprise single, "Formation", sampling Freedia's voice. At the end of 2016, Freedia was featured in a local New Orleans television ad for Juan LaFonta Law Office, in which she is shown rapping with bounce music and dancers. In 2018, she released the EP Third Ward Bounce.

In April 2020, Freedia collaborated with New Kids on the Block, Jordin Sparks, Naughty by Nature and Boyz II Men on the song "House Party", a song written during social distancing during COVID-19. The video for "House Party" was shot on cell phones.

Freedia also provided additional vocals for Drake's 2018 number-one hit "Nice for What", though she is not credited as a featured artist. In the late 2010s, she befriended Kesha with the two collaborating on each others' projects. Freedia was scheduled to go on tour with Kesha in 2020, but it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Articles

June 27, 2022

Big Freedia Talks Working With Beyoncé & Watching New Orleans Bounce Music ‘Spread Out to the World’ at 2022 BET Awards

The artist talks to Billboard on the red carpet about "Break My Soul" and the impact of NOLA bounce music on the culture.

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June 23, 2022

Big Freedia and Robin S. react to being sampled for Beyoncé’s ‘Break My Soul’

Both have publicly thanked the singer for their respective inclusions The post Big Freedia and Robin S. react to being sampled for Beyoncé’s ‘Break My Soul’ appeared first on NME.

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June 21, 2022

After Big Freedia, Which Past Collaborator Should Beyoncé Reunite With? Vote!

From Ed Sheeran and Lady Gaga to her Destiny's Child bandmates, we want to know who Queen Bey should invite back into the studio.

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June 21, 2022

Beyoncé Drops ‘Break My Soul’ Featuring Big Freedia & Fans Are Buzzing | Billboard News

Beyoncé is one for surprises. She dropped ‘Break My Soul’ early on Monday (June 20th).

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May 3, 2022

Big Freedia Named Artist Ambassador for US Independent Venue Week

The event runs July 11–17 across the country with 270 venues and 167 shows so far secured.

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January 28, 2022

First Spin: The Week’s Best New Dance Tracks From Whipped Cream, Uniiqu3, Big Freedia & Moore Kismet, Zedd & Disclosure & More

Each week we traverse the wide, wild world of dance music to deliver the freshest new tracks.

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December 19, 2021

Big Freedia Settles Lawsuit With Former Choreographer

In 2018, the New Orleans bounce artist challenged Wilberto Dejarnetti’s claim to royalties for choreography between 2014 and 2017

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November 6, 2021

Slayyyter shares sensual and bass-heavy new single ‘Stupid Boy’

A collaboration with New Orleans rapper Big Freedia The post Slayyyter shares sensual and bass-heavy new single ‘Stupid Boy’ appeared first on NME.

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November 5, 2021

First Out: New Music from Lauren Jauregui, Slayyyter, Big Freedia & More

From Lauren Jauregui's long-awaited new album to Slayyyter's club-ready collab with Big Freedia, check out just a few of our favorite releases from this week below.

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October 24, 2021

Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, MC Lyte, Big Freedia & More Inducted Into Ebony Power 100 Class of 2021

The Ebony Power 100 Class of 2021 inducted Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, MC Lyte and Big Freedia, among others.

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Discs

Deceptacon

June 24, 2022

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Hold Up

January 28, 2022

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Act Like You Know

January 7, 2022

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Tis The Season

December 8, 2021

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Stupid Boy (feat. Big Freedia)

November 5, 2021

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Big

October 6, 2021

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Big Diva Energy

September 17, 2021

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Betty Bussit (feat. Soaky Siren & Tank and The Bangas)

June 25, 2021

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Judas

May 28, 2021

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Strut

May 7, 2021

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Platinum

February 11, 2021

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Big Freedia's Smokin Santa Christmas

December 11, 2020

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Better Be (feat. Flo Milli)

December 7, 2020

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Be Thankful For What You’ve Got

December 4, 2020

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Mm Mm Good

September 21, 2020

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Louder

March 13, 2020

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Chasing Rainbows (feat. Kesha)

February 20, 2020

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Still in Love

January 14, 2020

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Spotify Singles - Holiday

November 22, 2019

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Louder (feat. Icona Pop)

November 20, 2019

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Bawdy

September 18, 2019

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Poppin'

August 2, 2019

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N.O. Bounce (Live)

April 17, 2019

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3rd Ward Bounce

June 1, 2018

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Best Beeleevah

February 9, 2018

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Good Times

January 19, 2018

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Side Ho

January 3, 2018

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I Feel Alright (Big Freedia Remix)

September 15, 2017

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Dive

September 1, 2017

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A Very Big Freedia Christmas

December 9, 2016

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I Heard

February 23, 2016

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Crazy

September 18, 2015

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Ol' Lady (Lazerdisk Remix)

April 14, 2015

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Just Be Free

June 17, 2014

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Explode

April 29, 2014

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Booty-Whop

January 24, 2012

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She Likes to Party

January 1, 2011

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