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Big Freedia Reveals Challenges of Reality Show Stardom

The New Orleans rapper discusses the pros and cons of living under the limelight and tests Fuse host Katie Van Buren's memoir knowledge

With two seasons of Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce under her belt and a third one on the way, it's safe to say that Big Freedia has successfully launched bounce music's mainstream rise. From a huge set at SXSW 2014 to her current Just Be Free tour, Freedia is merely getting started on her path to international stardom.

Set to release a memoir next year, Freedia plans to give fans a more in-depth and personal account of her background and career. While starring in Fuse's reality series has introduced the bounce performer to audiences nationwide, living under the limelight certainly has its rewards and challenges.

"Being on camera all the time is definitely a challenge and just trying to accomplish the things that you have to accomplish in your day-to-day life. And then personal relationships, sometimes, you don't want them on camera," Freedia said. "Some of the rewards is definitely getting known all around the world, picking up tons and tons of fans—just being grateful that I'm even able to showcase New Orleans and the culture of bounce music."

Speaking of spreading the bounce love, Freedia is set to shut down Central Park's Summerstage tonight and noted some of the differences between New York City fans and those from back home. "New Orleans is home...so it will always be different from any other place in the world. But just the energy here in New York and the fans and the feeling that I get when I come, it's just an amazing feeling. It's like, 'Michael Jackson has arrived!'"

To close out her takeover of Trending 10, Freedia challenged host Katie Van Buren to a game of "Freedia or Nah" to see just how much the latter knows about lines from best-selling memoirs.

Check out Fuse's exclusive interview with Big Freedia, and watch new episodes of Trending 10 weeknights at 5/4c! Find Fuse in your area.

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