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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released June 1, 2018 | Asylum Worldwide LLC

The thrilling major-label debut from New Orleans' most beloved ambassador of bounce, 3rd Ward Bounce finds self-proclaimed "queen diva" Big Freedia at her best, delivering a taut five-song EP of propulsive and high-energy anthems aimed squarely at shaking bodies to the ground while lifting NOLA culture to the rafters. Like prior Freedia output, these are irresistible love letters to both New Orleans and the beauty of the booty. On the frenetic title track, guest Erica Falls joins Freedia as cultural guide to the city, proclaiming "We do it for the N.O./We do it for the 504/We do it for the bounce." Elsewhere, Lizzo teams with Freedia for the horn-packed "Karaoke." Freedia dips into trap with the hypnotic "Bomb" and takes aim at freeloading scrubs on the humorous kiss-off "Rent." Offering more variety and improved production from her previous studio effort, 2014's Just Be Free, 3rd Ward Bounce takes the visceral spirit of her usual work and injects it with a heart and soul befitting of her oversized and lovable personality. © Neil Z. Yeung /TiVo
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released March 13, 2020 | East West Records LLC

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released December 9, 2016 | Queen Diva Music

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released February 9, 2018 | Asylum

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released June 17, 2014 | Queen Diva Music

Take some of the world's more regressive territories out of the picture, and in the same way a rockabilly or reggae group will please the party crowd, a screaming drag queen vogueing over dance music comes with that universal appeal. That's at least when the diva house genre is firing on full-cylinders, like when everyone from the metal heads to the R&B kids were shouting "work!" whenever RuPaul hit the runway with "Supermodel." New Orleans' singer/screamer/rapper Big Freedia comes with that same kind of zest appeal, but this queen has an extra shot of edge and indie. As the Just Be Free album displays, Freedia is a leading artist in the world of bounce music, a twerk-tastic, New Orleans-spawned genre that mixes ghetto-tech, house music, hip-hop, and vicious putdowns scrawled in red lipstick on the gay bar bathroom mirror (either bathroom). The delicious "Ol' Lady" is a prime example as Freedia declares she's the "Ol' Lady, bitches, you crazy" in a voice that's like Bun B put on a housecoat and took over Big Momma's House. The speedy beat underneath pops like DJ Assault or Diplo on nitrous, while Freedia's vocals are layered like an infinity mirror of fierce, and while many of the other cuts follow this blueprint, she's got enough bitchy lyrics and sharp attitude to cut down ten seasons worth of Real Housewives of Wherevah. The music adjusts just enough as "Where My Queens At?" comes with Ying Yang Twins clap and "Y’Tootsay" rocks the planet rock like Kraftwerk were still on urban radio, then there's the closing and aptly titled "Mo Azz" which features a big bass bottom and a claustrophobic laptop soundscape. Weird, wonderful, and otherworldly stuff, as if Lil B. Lil Kim, Beenie Man, Beyonce, and Dr. Frank-N-Furter were spliced together with all their collective sass preserved, then piled high. ~ David Jeffries
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released November 20, 2019 | East West Records LLC

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released September 1, 2017 | Queen Diva Music LLC

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released March 30, 2018 | Asylum Records

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released February 20, 2020 | East West Records LLC

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released January 19, 2018 | Queen Diva Music LLC

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released April 17, 2019 | Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released September 18, 2015 | Queen Diva Music

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released April 29, 2014 | Queen Diva Music

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released February 23, 2016 | Queen Diva Music