Big Freedia’s Quick Fire Flashback

Beyoncé collaborator & queen of bounce shares a bunch of musical memories

Whether you’ve known the work of Big Freedia from her time leading the cult New Orleans bounce scene and the underground hip hop world that came bubbling up from the bayou, or if you’re a newcomer to the vocal talent that leant weight to Beyoncés “Formation”, or added bells to the Office Christmas Party soundtrack with the joyous “Make it Jingle” there’s no doubt that once you’ve moved yourself to the tunes from the artist you want to hear more.

Having just performed in Los Angeles Big Freedia is now setting out on a tour of the USA, taking her brand of bounce and hip hop cult classics to the sweatiest clubs you know.

ARTISTdirect caught up with Big Freedia for a quick fire look through the musical memories that informed the style that the mainstream is now tapping in to.

First single I bought…

“Don’t Take It Personal (Just One of Dem Days)” by Monica

First live show I attended…

DJ Jubilee.

First song I learned to play…

“Uh-Huh Oh Yeh” by Paul Weller

The song that encouraged me to learn my instrument of choice…

“Melpomene Block Party” by Katey Red

The song that reminds me of home…

“Back That Azz Up” by Juvenile feat. Lil Wayne and Mannie Fresh

My guilty secret track…

“Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here” by Deborah Cox.

The song I wish I wrote…

Anything written by Michael Jackson.

The finest song from my all time hero…

“Man In The Mirror” by Michael Jackson.

The song I’ve written of which I’m most proud…

“Gin In My System”

The song that should be played at my funeral…

“Amazing Grace”

My favorite track from my most recent project…

“Make It Jingle” on A Very Big Freedia Christmazz

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