Fresh off the tandem premieres of the proper debut album Just Be Free and the second season of the reality TV show Queen of Bounce on Fuse, Big Freedia hosts a hometown record release party at Peaches Records (408 N. Peters St.) from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Just Be Free — officially out today on Freedia's Queen Diva Music label — marries Freedia's frenetic bounce rap (produced by longtime collaborator DJ BlaqNMild) with dance and club influence. The album streamed online via USA Today last week. Below, watch the video for the album's single "Explode" — dancers pop and wiggle in a laundromat, and a zebra/Beetljuice-suited Freedia leads a dance crew:
Freedia will be available to sign albums and take photographs with fans.
Big Freedia's proper full-length debut album Just Be Free is set for a June 17 release, but you can stream the album on Soundcloud. Freedia released the album stream for an interview with USA Today — read it here.
The album is reliably rooted in New Orleans bounce — particularly in the single, "Explode," which pairs a hyper brown beat with not much else other than Freedia's catch phrase growls (including "it's been a long day, it's been a long night, cut loose, get loose, do you, all right") — and it adds some more playful sampling and production with '90s club and dance music influence.
The second season of Freedia's reality TV show Queen of Bounce premieres 10 p.m. Wednesday on Fuse. Watch the trailer below:
You already know Big Freedia. The recent recipient of the Big Easy Award for Entertainer of the Year, the queen diva and star of the reality series Queen of Bounce premieres the second season June 11 on the Fuse network. Billboard has a first look, which you can watch below. Read Gambit's 2013 cover story about the bounce artist, and check out a new track, "Explode," from Freedia's upcoming album Just Be Free, out June 17 on Freedia's label Queen Diva Music.
A&E, the network that runs the hyper-popular Louisiana reality show Duck Dynasty, suspended its star Phil Robertson following comments he made in a GQ profile. Writer Drew Magary talked to an off-camera Robertson, who made self-described "Bible-thumping" and "controversial" statements including: "a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus," black people "were happy" during Jim Crow, and being gay is sin similar to bestiality.
In a statement, A&E representatives said they are "extremely disappointed" in Robertson's comments, adding, "His personal views in no way reflect those of A&E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely."
Today, Gov. Bobby Jindal weighed in:
“Phil Robertson and his family are great citizens of the State of Louisiana. The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with. I don’t agree with quite a bit of stuff I read in magazine interviews or see on TV. In fact, come to think of it, I find a good bit of it offensive. But I also acknowledge that this is a free country and everyone is entitled to express their views. In fact, I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment. It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended."
Duck Dynasty's fifth season airs 9 p.m. Jan. 15.
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