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I came to slay, bitch!” is perhaps the most iconic moment on Beyoncé’s 2016 single Formation, and we have Big Freedia to thank for that.

The New Orleans artist is best known for her contribution to the underground bounce music movement in the early 90s. But she’s been keeping it tight since then with five studio albums of her own, collaborations with Queen Bey and Drake and recognition for her work in the LGBTQ+ community. A queen of hip-hop in her own right, we talk to Big Freedia about all the experiences that have made her an unstoppable force.

What’s the worst advice you’ve ever given?

In Hawaii someone said that coconut water was healing, so I drank it for a few days and got deathly ill!

What’s the wildest party you’ve ever been to?

Last week in Estonia. The show was lit before we got there, the crowd had more energy than I’ve ever seen, and then they partied through the night.

What is the proudest moment of your life so far?

I’ve had a few. Performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live, getting a GLAAD Award for my TV show, and working with Beyoncé and Drake.

What movement has inspired you the most?

The LGBT movement, of course.

Which activists inspire you the most?

The high school students who are protesting guns in Florida. All of them.

Do you have a favourite drag queen?


If you could change places with someone who would it be?

Beyoncé. She’s the Queen.

What is your earliest childhood memory?

Being at church with my mother and hearing the choir.

What’s your worst habit?

I’m addicted to chewing ice.

Do you have any regrettable tattoos?

Yes, I had a homemade one done a few years ago, but recently I had another one inked over it.

What would you want written on your tombstone?

You Already Know!

Who’s the most famous person you’ve ever met?


Who’s the best pop star of all time?

Michael Jackson.

What is your perfect date?

A night at home with my man and dogs, with a delicious dinner.

Have you ever written someone a love letter?

My book, God Save the Queen Diva! It’s a love letter to my mom.

Most overrated music trend?


What’s your favourite instrument?


What’s your favourite Instagram account?


Favourite song of all time?

Respect by Aretha Franklin. RIP.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done to get someone’s attention?

Hit someone with a baseball bat. It worked.

Big Freedia’s 3rd Ward Bounce EP is out now via Asylum