This article was published on November 4th, 2019
You know the saying: go big or go home. Most bottoms will tell you that’s the way to do it. In the music industry, there’s a name on the rise set to become huge. Big Freedia is a tour de force setting out to conquer the biz, and she’s already created a powerful and large name for herself. At 6 feet 2 inches, Big Freedia is on a due course to become literally the biggest diva in music.
Although she has been slaying the New Orleans scene for decades, the rising star named Big Freedia is seemingly everywhere these days. Kesha, who has seen a massive resurgence in her music career with the release of her latest album Rainbow, has announced her new and highly-anticipated album High Road coming out at the start of 2020. Her lead single off the new record has just been released with none other than Big Freedia dueting on the track. “Raising Hell” is already climbing the charts, and is a fun hybrid between the campy no-fucks-given pop we’ve come to know and love from previous Kesha incarnations and a bit of gospel glow she has shown on Rainbow.
It’s no far reach for Big Freedia, who has had spots on major hit songs like Beyonce’s mega hit from her award winning Lemonade “Formation”. Who could forget the iconic line during “Formation” uttered by Big Freedia: “I did not come to play with you hoes, haha. I came to slay, bitch! I like cornbread and collard greens, bitch! Oh yas, you besta believe it.” We besta believe it, too.
Big Freedia was featured on Drake’s hit track “Nice for What” and introduces the song. She helped bring international attention to bounce music, a New Orleans-based brand of elevated, poptastic hip hop, and the style of music is often associated with Big Freedia as it’s queen diva.
Having started her music roots in her local church choir, before releasing her first single, “An Ha, Oh Yeah” in 1999. Other local New Orleans singles included “Rock Around the Clock” and “Gin ‘N My System,” which was later used by Lil Wayne. Her first studio album Queen Diva was highly successful, and her follow up Big Freedia Hitz Vol.1 came out in 2010.
In 2011, Big Freedia 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 2015, she released her autobiography God Save the Drag Queen Diva! Returning to her New Orleans roots, she released the album Third Ward bounce in 2018.
A true fem fatale and force to be reckoned with, Big Freedia has seen an impressive career full of highly empowering tracks for females and gays. We can’t wait to see what else Big Freedia has up her sleeve and in store for her fans and new followers.