Big Freedia – by Sam Levine

For those who have been asleep – or maybe just living outside of New Orleans – Big Freedia is a transsexual rapper of “bounce,” a New Orleans-style party music wherein the MC exists almost entirely to tell you exactly how to shake your ass. Freedia’s transexuality matters little outside of the fact that she dresses better than any rapper, and her shows attract a mixture of all types of people, black and white, open and non-judgmental, all obviously energized by the mere existence of fun, hardcore hip-hop dance music that lacks misogyny (Freedia’s most used pronouns are certainly “her” and “she”), gun talk, and of course, homophobia.