After working with Lady Gaga on the 10th anniversary edition of ‘Born This Way’, ‘Bounce Queen’ Big Freedia tells HL why Gaga has won the love of the LGBTQ + community.
2021 is a year full of major musical milestones – including the tenth anniversary of Lady Gaga‘s Born like this. To celebrate, Gaga announced a special edition that included “reimagined versions of songs by incredible artists who both represent and defend the LGBTQIA + community.” One of these artists was none other than the “Queen of the rebound”, the larger-than-life diva Grand Freedia, which helped transform “Judas” into “a hedonistic celebration of subversion and sin”, by Them. For Freedia, it was an honor to partner with Gaga on this remix. “Gaga’s music always touches on important topics that also support the LGBTQ + community,” Freedia said. HollywoodLife, adding that Gaga’s support “is unparalleled. She is a legend.
Freedia, who spoke with HollywoodLa Vie before his appearance at BottleRock Napa Valley (September 3-5), also considered working with another music icon: the incomparable Beyoncé. The fans who didn’t listen Big Freedia: the rebound queen on Fuse probably heard her voice for the first time on “Formation”, the first single from Beyoncé’s flagship album, Lemonade. The collaboration wasn’t just a way for Freedia to celebrate New Orleans – “I love being the rebound queen. New Orleans runs through my veins, I love to represent my city! she says – but it was, as she says Hollywood life, “Highlight of my career, period! “
Since the start of her career in the late 90s / early 2000s, Freedia has celebrated and pioneered the Bounce genre – and her hard work paid off in the 2010s. After her first glimpse of mainstream exposure , Freedia was suddenly the hottest voice, and everyone wanted her on their tracks. Freedia has worked with Duck (“Pleasant for what”) KESHA, (“Increase Hell”), Lizzo (“Karaoke”), and RuPaul (” Peanut Butter “). Each collaboration takes place in a different way ”, explains Freedia. HollywoodLa Vie by discussing how she was able to connect with these artists. “Sometimes through my manager, other times I meet an artist in [the] studio. Everything depends. “
This is how Freedia came together on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of another song: “Friday” from Rebecca Black. A decade after Rebecca (for better or worse) became a viral hit, Rebecca released a hyperpop remix featuring Dorian Electra, 3OH!3, and Freedia. “His team contacted my team,” says Freedia. “When my manager asked me if I wanted to do it, I laughed and I was like hell! When asked if she remembers hearing “Friday” for the first time, Freedia responds. “Of course I remember I was in New York on tour and one of my dancers played it for me. Then it looked like it was everywhere.
Freedia is too all over. In addition to appearing on BottleRock Napa Valley and in episodes of shows like The Real Housewives of Atlanta, The Eric Andrew Show, and Ridicule, Freedia also published Freedia to a pistolet, a documentary on gun violence in New Orleans (which also discussed the murder of her brother in 2018.) It appears there are no days off for the rebound queen. “I have several projects at the same time,” she says. “Always music and touring, but I’m working on a lot of other fun stuff that I can’t talk about right now, but you’ll find out soon enough!” “