Just Be Free
17 June 2014 (Queen Diva)
Big Freedia is the Queen of Bounce. She released her latest album Just Be Free and it is as stereotypical New Orleans Bounce as it gets and I mean that in the best way possible. Freedia gets the album going with “Turn da Beat Up.” Some artists try and be subtle or have coded messages with their lyrics, not Freedia. Her music is a bitchslap of party and “Turn da Beat Up” gets the party going.
Now I realized I haven’t been specific on Freedia’s sound and that’s because it needs a section of its own. Earlier I alluded to Bounce, specifically New Orleans Bounce. New Orleans differs from Melbourne greatly and should not be confused. Melbourne Bounce is “a branch of EDM”; the DJ TJR is probably the best example. New Orleans bounce started in, you guessed it, New Orleans. Most songs sample beats like the Triggaman, Roll Call, the Nah, the Cheeky Blakk and the Brown beat are staples of New Orleans Bounce. You can hear bounce’s influence in more popular artists such as Diplo’s “Express Yourself,” Lil Wayne’s “Trigger Man” and lots more.
Another thing that must be addressed with New Orleans Bounce is twerking. Twerking started in New Orleans in the Bounce scene. Twerking was not an overly sexualize dance in the beginning. Now with Miley Cyrus and the exposure of it, twerking has become trivial/marginalized into an uncouth form of, for lack of a better term, expressing oneself. You can read Big Freedia’s thoughts on Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance here. This is a shortened, basterdized version of what Bounce is. It has a proud culture and if you want to learn more check out this short video, and if you get the chance, go to a Bounce club in NO.
Ok, back to the review. The whole album is 10 tracks and comes in at a short 33 minutes. A short 33 minutes meaning that the album breezes by. Bounce music rarely has long melodic songs or ballads: its fast and in your face. The “Yaka Yaka Yaka” call to the ass shaking during “Explode“ infects the body and makes it impossible to not move. I’m serious, I dare you to listen to Just Be Free and sit still. If you do, you’re dead inside. What I’m getting at is that it’s hard to review and put bounce music into words. I hate to be cliché but it’s something you feel. I feel like everyone should have at least one bounce album and so I think this album is a Gotta Have It. Also if you struggle with lyrics or don’t know what they mean, Freedia has a guide for you.
Rating: Gotta Have It
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