Big Freedia Covers “Paper” Magazine’s Pride Issue

And Lizzo interviews her!

What do you get when you combine Lizzo and Big Freedia? A Paper magazine spread fit for Pride Month, that’s for sure!

This month, the magazine paired both artists together for an interview on all things Pride, LGBTQ representation, and Louisiana bounce.

“When I travel, I say I am going to represent New Orleans,” Freedia told the publication while discussing her debut EP 3rd Ward Bounce, a fresh take on the Louisiana-born hip-hop genre.

“I’m gonna bring New Orleans to y’all because y’all can’t come to New Orleans at the moment. That’s how I look at it when I go to a concert.”

Recently, Lizzo and Big Freedia collaborated on “Karaoke,” with the former lending her powerhouse vocals and sassy style to the track. Freedia has also had her vocals featured by some of the music world’s biggest names, including Drake and the Queen Bey, BeyoncĂ©.

Oscar Ouk/Paper Magazine

When Lizzo asked about Big Freedia’s perspective as a black queer artist, the star was candid about her struggles—and her perseverance:

Well, in the beginning, I felt like, “Oh my God I’m a black artist trying to get out there, and I’m gay. I may be limited.” And then, once I kept on pushing through and knocking down doors and breaking barriers, there was no turning back and no looking back. People started seeing that my work speaks for itself and my dedication to my music speaks for itself. I continued to work hard, and people started booking me more, and my name started getting bigger, and my agents and my managers and my staff started working even harder. Things have been rising. I’m very blessed and humbled to continue my journey of setting the foundation for other artists that are coming under me.

Amem to that!

Brooklyn-based writer and editor. Probably drinking iced coffee or getting tattooed.