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Meet Big Freedia: The bounce artist on Beyoncé's 'Formation'

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 31:  Musician Big Freedia attends the FUSE Media TCA Mixer at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 31, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images For FUSE Media)
Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images For FUSE Medi
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 31: Musician Big Freedia attends the FUSE Media TCA Mixer at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 31, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images For FUSE Media)

Big Freedia helped put New Orleans bounce music on the map and it led to a TV series and a guest appearance on Beyoncé's new song.

The video for Beyoncé's new song, "Formation," is steeped in New Orleans. It includes footage of the singer on a police car submerged in flood water — an allusion to the residents stranded after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The rhythm of the tune itself is influenced by bounce music, which hails from New Orleans. And naturally, Beyoncé has the Queen of Bounce, Big Freedia, perform on the track. 

Big Freedia has popularized the genre in part through her TV show on the Fuse cable network, "Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce." The Frame contributor Elyssa Dudley met with Big Freedia and put together this profile. Below are excerpts from the story.

Interview Highlights

WHAT IS BOUNCE MUSIC?

"I ALWAYS SANG"

GROWING UP GAY: "MY MOM WAS MY BACKBONE."

 

GETTING INTO BOUNCE MUSIC: "MAGIC HAPPENED"

SURVIVING HURRICANE KATRINA 

 

"DEFINITELY FEELS SURREAL"

  

"THE POWER OF THE ASS"

"I'M BOY. I'M GIRL. I'M WHATEVER YOU WANT ME TO BE."

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