By Linhyen Lai & Nick BeJeaux
Big Freedia, The Ambassador of Bounce, The Queen Diva (You Best To Believe Her!) herself is returning to Baton Rouge to shake up and down the Spanish Moon this Friday (Oct. 23).
Born and raised on Josephine Street in uptown New Orleans, Big Freedia has gone from just a local city diva to a national booty-shaking sensation for the hip-hop generation. She is credited with revolutionizing the Bounce music culture, and is a figurehead for LGBT musicians in the South. For the initiated, Bounce is an offshoot of Southern Hip Hop that emphasizes energy and call-and-response lyrics.
Freedia’s career started to really flourish as a young choir member in her Baptist Church where she attended with her family. Her mother would never let her miss a day of rehearsal, and by the time she was 18, she went from being just a regular choir member to a choir director. It wasn’t until one night in 1991, he heard “Where Dey At” by MC T. Tucker, and was just simply mesmerized by his work. This led her to eventually join Katey Red’s act as a backup-dancer. Red is known as the original “Sissy Bounce” rapper and helped Freedia to become the star she is today. The two frequently collaborate on projects and shows and when they’re together you can bet on one hell of a show.
Two of Freedia’s most popular songs are “New Orleans Bounce” and “Gin in my System,” that get even the most timid of the timid up on their feet and moving. Fredia has also worked with artists such as Diplo and Lazerdisk to create master works like “Ol Lady” and “Drop.”Recently, Freedia released a music video for her single “Dangerous,” which featured BR’s own Red Stick Roller Derby league. Freedia is currently finishing up her album debut, Da Idol, Featuring the single “Crazy,” which you can bet will be incorporated in her show at the Spanish Moon.
A live show with Freedia is an experience to be sure. Besides her DJ and herself, Freedia is accompanied by a troupe of male and female dancers that are some of the best at what they do. The term twerking was created to describe the type of dance associated with bounce, but Freedia’s incorporation of male bounce dancers shows how diverse the genre can be.
Doors at the Spanish Moon open 7 p.m. You must be 18 years and over to attend, and general admission tickets are $20. You can purchase them through Ticketweb or on the Spanish Moon’s Facebook site. You will not want to miss this.