Big Freedia talks meaning of Pride, new CD ‘3rd Ward Bounce’

Bounce music queen diva Big Freedia says if she had to put a sound to Pride, it would be her voice.


To kick off National LGBTQ Pride Month, the New Orleans bounce rapper talked with Pandora about the meaning of Pride, her first release with a major record label, and the New Orleans influence.

Big Freedia spoke with Pandora while she was in the recording studio preparing for the release of her bounce EP “3rd Ward Bounce,” which dropped today.

“To me Pride sounds like being free in every direction,” she said. “The way that you live. The way that you walk. The way that you talk. Who you choose to love, and who you choose to be. If I had to put a sound to (pride) it would be my voice.”


The first single from “3rd War Bounce” was “Rent,” where Big Freedia tells all the freeloaders to hit the road.

“The track isn’t just about paying rent or a car note or any bill, it’s also about those people who take up space in your head and heart,” Big Freedia said in a statement. “It’s about relationships, people who live rent-free in your mind and make you crazy. They need to go.”

In the Pandora video, Big Freedia also talks about coming out to her mom on her 13th birthday, going on her 20th year in the music business, and collaborating with Lizzo on the new single, “Karaoke.”

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Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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