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Big Freedia (Screen shot/Vimeo)
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Big Freedia brings bounce to Lee’s Palace Add to ...

“Living here in New Orleans, you have to have some sort of hustle to survive.” So explains Big Freedia, the Louisiana-based star of a sub-genre of dance music known as “bounce music.” With Big Freedia popping into town for a show at Lee’s Palace on Tuesday, a primer on the performer and the rump-a-licious brand of hip hop is in order.

- Big Freedia (pronounced “FREE-da”) is genetically a man, but self-identifies as the “one and only, queen diva, Big Freedia, you’re best to believe her.” The boast is incontestable.

- Bounce music is a form of call-and-response rap music originating from New Orleans block parties. It is uptempo and never solemn, with an energy so intense as to trigger a highly sexualized dance, usually by women – sometimes lines of them.

- Bounce dancing involves the vigorous and vertical shaking of the buttocks, which explains the genre’s biggest hits: Back That Azz Up and Big Freedia’s Azz Everywhere.

- There is expected to be Azz Everywhere at Lee’s Palace on Tuesday evening.

Big Freedia, Jan. 29, doors at 8 p.m., $15 to $18 (at Rotate This, Soundscapes and Ticketmaster). 529 Bloor St. W., 1-855-985-5000.

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