Rapper and reality star Big Freedia was just as shocked as fans were when Beyonce surprised everyone with the unannounced release of “Formation,” which eventually became the unofficial first single of her album, Lemonade.
ET has the first look at Freedia’s big moment before it airs on Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce, the Fuse reality series documenting the rapper’s life and rise in New Orleans, on Wednesday, June 29.
Of course, Freedia knew “Formation” was coming since she was asked to be featured on it by none other than Queen Bey herself. “After she explained it to me, I was dying in my own skin," Freedia told ET in January about her convo with the singer. (The call was also captured by cameras.) "She said that she had come to play. And that was it."
Provided only with a snippet of the track, Freedia immediately went to work, recording a verse and some ad-libs. "I was ready," she said before coming back with some New Orleans slang for added flavor. Three days later, the track was released on Tidal.
In the clip, Freedia can’t contain her excitement. “My phone blew up,” she says. “That sh*t is crazy.”
“I’m going to Red Lobster,” Freedia tells her fiancé, Devon, making reference to the song’s now-iconic lyric (“When he f**k me good I take his a** to Red Lobster”), before suggesting that he will have to earn his dinner first.
Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce airs Wednesdays at 11 p.m. ET only on Fuse.