Only provided with a snippet of the track, Freedia immediately
went to work, recording a verse and some ad-libs. “I was ready,” Freedia says
before coming back with some New Orleans slang for added flavor. Three days
later, the track was released on Tidal.
Although she can’t officially say what will happen with her
unused recording, Freedia promises something is in the works. “Something
definitely has brewed from me being on the track,” she teases.
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While “Formation” was largely about Beyonce revisiting her
roots, the song also touched on larger themes of race, gender and sexuality. For
Freedia, speaking out on the issue of police brutality was especially impactful.
“It’s very important that she has this platform to keep
speaking on,” Freedia says. “Police brutality is still happening all over the
world, and they try to brush it under the rug, but it's still a big issue. It
still needs to be dealt with.”
“It hit home with a lot people,” Freedia adds, saying the
entire NOLA community is behind the track. “The whole city is just gagging.”
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As for what’s next for Freedia, the rapper has five shows
scheduled between now and April and a new single, “I Heard,” on the horizon.
The fifth season of Queen of Bounce
returns to Fuse in the summer.
And as new fans still get to know the rapper, she says her sound
should be experienced live. “It's awesome, because I get to bring New Orleans
with me,” Freedia says.