What's Hot
MOST READ
What's Going On

Calendar

Search thousands of events in our database.

Restaurants

Search hundreds of restaurants in our database.

Nightlife

Search hundreds of clubs in our database.

loading...

OW on Twitter
OW on Facebook
Print Email

Music

‘Just Be Free’ charts new ground for NOLA’s Big Freedia

Album review: Big Freedia’s ‘Just Be Free’

Photo: , License: N/A


Big Freedia
Just Be Free
Queen Diva Music/The Orchard
★★★★ (out of 5 stars)

As the reigning Queen Diva of New Orleans bounce, it’s hard to believe that Just Be Free is Big Freedia’s first proper full-length. But when you specialize in an aggressive combination of Southern rap, deep electro grooves and ass-shaking bass, a collection of 10 songs might seem reductive. Bounce music is best experienced in sweaty, frenetic 20-minute live swatches, when commands like “Rock to da beat!” and “Wiggle work!” and head-blasting beats get bodies moving instead of grating on nerves. Still, Just Be Free charts new ground for Big Freedia. “N.O. Bounce” drifts into R&B territory, while “Lift Dat Leg Up” incorporates swirling, jazzy atmospherics, and “Explode” and “Mo Azz” let Big Freedia flex his rapid-fire, full-throated rhyming muscles to cater to today’s EDM audience. Those songs also implore listeners to wipe away hang-ups through uninhibited dance, an ethos he has pushed for more than a decade. Hearing a gay rapper confidently own such exhortations (and shout out to those like him on “Where My Queens At”) is empowering, especially as America’s attitude toward sexuality advances.

We welcome user discussion on our site, under the following guidelines:

To comment you must first create a profile and sign-in with a verified DISQUS account or social network ID. Sign up here.

Comments in violation of the rules will be denied, and repeat violators will be banned. Please help police the community by flagging offensive comments for our moderators to review. By posting a comment, you agree to our full terms and conditions. Click here to read terms and conditions.
comments powered by Disqus