Last Saturday at the Riot Room, New Orleans’ Queen Diva of bounce music Big Freedia headlined a sweaty raucous crowd at the Riot Room. Opening support was provided by fellow New Orleans rapper Boyfriend.
Boyfriend is an interesting act. She essentially performs a rap burlesque show complete with fairly elaborate stage set and outfit changes. Her rap is often described as raunchy, which it is. But some have to wonder if the raunchy label is because it’s a woman performing subject matter that has been widely done by male performers over the years. She’s incredibly difficult to categorize as any one thing. In some ways she seems to almost be performing a parody of some of the more misogynistic elements of hip-hop.
There’s no doubt she is a talented performer with a solid ability to rhyme. Her show is highly entertaining and incredibly unique. I’ve never seen anything quite like it. Here’s a few images of Boyfriend’s set:
|More Boyfriend here|
|See more Big Freedia here|