Who is Big Freedia? Fans fight for rapper’s feature credit on Beyonce's ‘Break My Soul’

The New Orleans native, who identifies as a gay individual, became a topic of hot gossip when Beyonce’s new single got released on June 20


                            Who is Big Freedia? Fans fight for rapper’s feature credit on Beyonce's ‘Break My Soul’
Beyonce and Big Freedia dropped a new single 'Break My Soul' (Photos by Kevin Winter/Bennett Raglin/Getty Images)
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If you are already bumping Beyonce’s brand new single ‘Break My Soul’ then the vocals by rapper Big Freedia must have surely left a lasting impression. The fierce female emcee is featured on Queen Bey’s fresh release and is already making waves for her catchy hook on a hot beat.
 
The New Orleans native, who identifies as a gay individual, became a topic of hot gossip when Beyonce’s new single landed on Tidal and YouTube on Monday, June 20. While many praised the 44-year-old rapper’s vocals, others also noticed how she never gets a feature credit. Beyonce’s new track is from her upcoming seventh album ‘Renaissance’ which is scheduled for a July 29 release. It will be the singer's first solo studio album in six years since 2016 ‘Lemonade.’
 
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Who is Big Freedia?

Big Freedia hails from Louisiana and is known as the Queen of bounce music- a sub-genre of hip-hop. In 2011, she was named Best Emerging Artist and Best Hip-Hop/Rap Artist in January's Best of the Beat Awards. This is the second time she has contributed to Beyonce’s song. Big Freedia, whose real name is Freddie Ross Jr, first got her vocals featured on Beyonce’s 2016 smashing hit ‘Formation’.
 
In Beyonce’s new banger ‘Break My Soul’, Big Freedia can be heard in the opening and also on the hook. Her lines, “Release ya anger, release ya mind/ Release ya job, release the time/Release ya trade, release the stress/ Release the love, forget the rest” quickly got the attention of the Internet. Speaking of her latest collaboration, Big Freedia took to Twitter saying, “It feels surreal to be on the track with the Queen Beyonce once again I’m so honored to be apart of this special moment I’m forever grateful lord someone please catch me” adding multiple heart and fire emojis along with muscle emoticons. For the unversed, the skilled rapper also lent her vocals to Drake’s 2018 number one hit ‘Nice for What’.  She is best known for songs like ‘Make It Jingle’, ‘Drop’, and ‘Duffy’.

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Speaking of earning a feature credit, Big Freedia in a 2018 interview with Fader, shed light on getting recognition. “You know, my voice be on a lot of different stuff and people want to use bounce music as a part of their music but when it comes to the proper recognition of me being in the video, that's something that we're steady working towards to make it happen”, said the rapper, adding, “The credits are important but, for me, it's still putting New Orleans on the map and I'm happy with the check.”

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‘Big Freedia never gets the credit she deserves’

Social media users expressed their views on Big Freedia not getting her feature credit. “Yo. I’m real happy Beyoncé featured Big Freedia not once but twice on a lead single from her albums…and can BF can a feature credit?!”, said one user as another shared, “Big Freedia never a gets the credit she deserves.” Echoing similar sentiments, one fan added, “I’m loving the new song but is there some reason big freedia never gets a credit in the track listing?” The next one shared, “Would it kill that lady to give big freedia a feat. credit though.”
 
Others praised her vocals saying, “Your vocals are so rich and full I can’t picture this record any other way!” Meanwhile, one shared, “I love how Bey knows Big Freedia and checks up on her every now and then.” And, another posted, “Big Freedia makes Louisiana so proud it’s not funny.” One stated, “PUT SOME RESPECT ON BIG FREEDIA!!” as, another mentioned, “Big Freedia the centerpiece of Beyoncé's last TWO lead singles, like that's CRAZY, who ELSE is doing it.” And, one concluded, “Yeah Beyonce! I love it! The vocals sound amazing. The message is uplifting. And big freedia complimented the song so well. The girls that get it, get it!"

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