Big Freedia is having a better Tuesday than all of us as she appears on Beyonce’s brand new track (Picture: Getty Images)
Fans had been told to expect Beyonce’s new album Renaissance this summer, and on Tuesday were surprised with an absolute gift in the form of a brand new single.
Queen Bey isn’t alone on the new song, however – she is accompanied by guest vocalist Big Freedia, with part of the song sampling Freedia’s 2014 track Free Your Mind.
Rapper Big Freedia is well-known for her work in bounce music, a form of hip hop, and previously collaborated with Beyonce on her 2016 album, Lemonade, on track Formation.
She took to Twitter on Tuesday absolutely bursting with joy over the release of Beak My Soul, writing: ‘It feels surreal to be on the track with the Queen Beyonce once again.’
Big Freedia previously collaborated with Queen Bey on her 2016 album Lemonade (Picture: WireImage)
The rapper added: ‘I’m so honored to be apart of this special moment I’m forever grateful lord (sic).’
Along with a series of emojis, Big Freedia added: ‘Someone please catch me!’
Freedia – also known as Freddie Ross Jr – is based in New Orleans, and uses she/her pronouns while identifying as a gay man.
She began performing as a child in the school choir, but came into her own when she discovered a local drag queen and became her backing vocalist.
The star first rose to prominence around the time her first album, Big Freedia Hitz, was released in 2010, and she was nominated for a Glaad award in 2011.
As well as music, Big Freedia is also known for her appearances on reality TV, becoming the star of her own show on Fuse in 2013 which showcased her life at home and on tour.
First titled Big Freedia: Queen Of Bounce, the series is was later renamed Big Freedia Bounces Back and has been running for six seasons; the show featured everything from Freedia’s mum’s death to her leading hundreds of New Yorkers to break a Guinness World Record for twerking.
The esteemed musician is also the author of a memoir, Big Freedia: God Save the Queen Diva, which was released in 2015.
After her first collaboration with Beyonce, Freedia went on to take part in another major collab, this time with New Kids on the Block, Jordin Sparks, Naughty By Nature and Boyz II Men.
The New Orleans rapper is a huge name on the bounce music scene (Picture: Getty Images)
The track – House Party – was written and recorded at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, in April 2020.
She has also previously collaborated with the likes of Drake, Kesha and 3OH!3 – the latter for a remix of Rebecca Black’s viral song Friday.
It’s not clear whether Freedia and Beyonce collaborate on any other tracks from the upcoming album, or what other artists appear on it.
We’ll have to wait and see – and there’s not long before it’s out.
Renaissance is out on July 29
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