It's been a long time coming for New Orleans artist Big Freedia, who was finally able to spread bounce music nationwide through Fuse's docu-series, Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce. Returning for its second season in June, the show is one of many career-defining milestones for the rising hip hop star. From recording her debut album, Just Be Free, to showcasing her life in front of millions, this queen diva has no intentions of halting her climb to the top. In a recent sit-down with Fuse, Freedia reflected on her biggest career achievements to date:
On kicking off Season 1: "I knew that things were definitely about to change for me and for bounce music. It was another part of setting history for bounce music culture."
On her GLAAD win: "When I found out that I was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award, I was drop-dead excited. We're making major moves now, and people are recognizing what I'm doing ... And then, we went and won the award!"
On her debut album: "It's the first album that will hit nationwide for bounce music and for New Orleans as a culture. It was a journey to complete the album—it was definitely a struggle."
On returning for Season 2: "I was very thankful that my career's still blossoming and that I get Season 2 to show a little bit more. We just gave the opportunity for the world to dig a little deeper into my personal life. We did Season 1, and we did it a certain way; it was a learning process for all of us, so the pressure is to step it up. Season 3—even bigger, let's go!"