Bounce queen Big Freedia readies <em>Just Be Free</em>, unleashes 'Explode'

The Queen of Bounce readies her latest album.

Big Freedia has spent more than a decade as a global ambassador for New Orleans bounce, a frenetic club style that had dancers twerking long before Miley Cyrus came along. The singer’s latest album, Just Be Free, is due out on June 17 via Freedia’s Queen Diva Music imprint, and the title has multiple meanings.

“Being ‘free to be who you’ is one,” the singer tells Rolling Stone. “We live in a society where we have a lot of liberties. It’s just not like this everywhere in the world. This album is my first studio recorded album where I came up with concepts beforehand. So much of my music is appreciated live, but I think these tracks are one you can listen to at a late night twerk party or an afternoon barbecue and enjoy!”

Lead cut ‘Explode’ is the type of track Freedia has mastered, an anthem that begs the listen to “Release your wiggle / Release your anger / Release your mind / Release your job/ Release the time.” Stream it below. The album is available to pre-order now.

1. Turn Da Beat Up
2. Dangerous
3. N.O. Bounce
4. Jump On It
5. Lift Dat Leg Up
6. Ol’ Lady
7. Where My Queens At
8. Explode
9. Y’Tootsay
10. Mo Azz



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