Big Freedia

“I mean you have to work hard to earn respect and make people respect you. When I come to the presence of any room or any place, people give me the most high respects and I’m gracious and appreciative of that.”

  • Name: Big Freedia
  • Born: January 28, 1978
  • From: New Orleans, LA, USA
  • Pronouns: She/her
  • Contribution/Impact: Big Freedia is a powerhouse in bounce music. She helped popularize the bounce genre and brought more light to gender fluidity; especially in the black community. 
  • Occupation: Rapper, Musician
  • Known For: “Rent” (2018), “Drop” (2016), “Karaoke” (2018)
  • Awards: She is known for being the intro male voice in Beyonce’s song Formation. While she is not credited, her signature voice can also be found in Drake’s Nice For What intro. She also received two “Best of the Beat Awards” in 2011 for Best Emerging Artist and Best Hip-hop/Rap Artist.
  • Interesting Facts: Big Freedia features on New Kids on the Block’s song “House Party” which was written and produced during self-quarantine in 2020. The music video was shot on all the artists’ cell phones.

Like many black southern artists, she got her start in her hometown church. She started her performance career as a backup dancer and singer for Katey Red. Her stage name came from a mash up of personal influences; a friend had nicknamed her Freedia and she worked for her mother’s club Diva, so she dubbed herself Big Freedia Queen Diva. Along with her musical talents she has also written a memoir, Big Freedia: God Save the Queen Diva!, and runs an interior design business. She identifies as a gay man and prefers she/her pronouns, though doesn’t mind when fans refer to her by he/him.


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