Most hip-hop artists don't make it in the music biz if they have gay themes in their rhymes. But in the New Orleans cross-dressing sissy bounce scene, which is an offshoot of NoLA's up tempo bounce music, hyper-masculine posturing is not a requirement. The 6-foot-3 Big Freedia is the preeminent personality of the sissy bounce scene. Fellow genre stars include Katey Red and Sissy Nobby.
Most weeks, Freedia gets audiences moving at neighborhood sports bars and lounges around New Orleans. But this weekend, she’s coming to New York do her thing, which involves energetic chanting over spare, dance-oriented beats. To sample her work, download “Excuse” above, which features the hook, “Excuse, I don’t mean to be rude, but give me that mic \ let me do what I do.”