We love all things New Orleans here at Parlour and MC Big Freedia, breakout star of the Big Easy’s Bounce music, is one of our main squeezes. Especially since he was a pep squad member in high school like another NOLA MC, Mystikal.
“I went right after him, I was a cheerleader too,” says Freedia of his Walter L. Cohen High School days. “My favorite cheer was called ‘Superior’ and it’s in one of my songs as well, ‘Big Freedia On Top.’ ”
Born and raised in the New Orleans, Freedia began as a background singer for her best friend and partner in the duo, Big Freddy K Ready.
“I started as background for my friend Katy Red, the first transsexual male to come out in New Orleans, about fifteen years ago,” he says. “After a year and a half and we became Big Freddie K-Reddy and then I did my solo project An Ha, Oh Yeah.”
Realizing his time was better spent in the spotlight, Big Freedia blazed through NOLA’s party scene and created a name for himself both locally and nationally. Booking shows in cities like Los Angeles, Seattle and New York — where Shannon and I literally danced until we sweat through our clothes — he’s taken his style for booty shaking globally, including an upcoming show in Australia. And while many call Freedia’s music Sissy Bounce, he’s clear that the music has no sexual delineation and “Sissy” has it’s own identity.
“When we say say ‘sissy’ it means flamboyant male,” says Freedia.
01/26 Los Angeles,CA @ Bootleg Bar
02/4 Atlanta,GA @ The Earl
02/10 Balitmore, MD @ Gold West Cafe
02/24 Arcata, CA @ The Depot (Humboldt State University)
02/25 San Francisco, CA @ The Public Works
03/3 Avon, CO @ The Snowball Music Experience
03/8 Athens, OH @ The Union
03/9 Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop
03/10 Detroit, MI @ The Works
03/17 Washington, DC @ Rock N Roll Hotel
03/18 New Orleans, LA @ Mardi Gras World
Check out Freedia’s newest video for “Na Who Mad” – I appreciate the use of The Luniz’s “I Got Five On It”:
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