We had a sit down with the queen of bounce Big Freedia, right before her live show in Stockholm! We talked about her collaboration with Beyoncé, being a black queer artist and her rise to mainstream superstardom. I came from New Orleans. I started inbackgrounding for my best friend Katey Red for about two years and then I started doing my solo project.
Facing some adversity; being black and gay. But not giving up and moving forward, continuing to break barriers and knock down doors for a lot of people in the LGBTQ community and people in general who believe in their craft and what they want to do.
We exist here as well! It definitely has grown since I was here [in Sweden] in But being a black queer artist, have you noticed change or more representation within the music industry? Over the years, it was so underground for so long and then once I started to travel the world I started seeing more gay artists being visible and just myself in general becoming well known.
It showed a black gay artist fighting through adversity in the music industry. Of course with RuPaul and Drag Race, that opened a lot of avenues for the drag community.
Do you guys look after each other, black queer artists? She does such an amazing job and she needs some folks to help carry that torch with her and I was happy to be a part of that. To gain more notoriety and be more mainstream? And to just keep opening doors for all people, especially in the LGBTQ community and especially up and coming gay artists. Even just gay people in general, to let them know no matter what your craft is that you can be the best at it and you can keep on knocking doors down and break barriers.
How do you balance coming from an underground scene and to now have songs on the radio, topping the charts? How do you stay authentic to your bounce roots? Always going back home, being with my family and friends. It keeps me grounded. But most of all and most importantly is prayer and God keeping my grounded.
That is what keeps me balanced. I pray before every show, I pray all the time. Just remembering where I come from and the journey that has gotten me here. But I always want to remain authentic and remain humble and remain true to myself.
I always think about that; not losing myself within the growing process of getting bigger. I guess it helps that you have been around for so long? It might have been different if you had just started out. So I want to of course know about the collaborations with Beyoncé and Drake. I was wondering from my own perspective as a black queer person; hearing your voice in their songs but wanting to see more of you. It reminded me of the black queer erasure. Here you have the Wild black gay love hard fucking biggest pop stars in the world, featuring less normative that they sample and get cred for but not fully giving that exposure to the artist they are using.
Well, for me, for the Beyoncé collaboration, it was an awesome collaboration as well as with Drake. When they shot the [Beyoncé] video I was on tour.
But she did allow me to perform for her and open up the concert in The Superdome, so that was putting a face with the voice.
A lot people knew who it was, because people were buzzing all over for me. Now that video was shot before I got on the song. So the song needed something else and they called me after the video was shot and added the voice. So I spiced it up. So that was a magical moment.
I heard it when it came out. Lots and lots of people are reaching out, wanting me to be on their songs. I loved reading about your mom and how supportive she was when you came out and I had a similar experience Wild black gay love hard fucking my mom.
When I was younger, it was much harder for the black community to support. But my family was supportive and I was grateful for that. Within the black gay community in general, I feel like I have half of the support. So our people have to learn how to really support our own. I agree with that. Has that changed at all over the years?
It has gotten better, but I feel like it has much more room to grow in that area for the black community. Because we support what we want to support. We can lift each other up, but they have to be willing. You have to get out of that mindset of just being about self. Just picking up more fans on the European side of Wild black gay love hard fucking. Being able to experience this side of the world, which is an amazing feeling.
Just to enjoy the cultures, the food, the music, the people. Here it can be a bit milder I guess? Berlin was very turnt, Amsterdam was turnt. It just depends on the area and the vibe of the event coordinators and the people who are throwing the event. If you set the tone right, the people are going to wild out regardless.
So how do you feel about your status as an icon? Do you feel it on you or do you block it out? I feel it on me but I also block it out Wild black gay love hard fucking I still have a lot of work to do.
There are many goals and accomplishments that I want to make in life. I take one day at a time. Keep teaching someone how to twerk, someone to bounce and get into bounce music. So I take it one day at a time and a few people at a time.
Make them enjoy life and make them enjoy what I do and see the culture of New Orleans. Any final words to black queer people and our readers in general?