If you were happy to see Big Freedia in the “In My Feelings” music video, don’t pat Drake on the back for it.
Big Freedia revealed she had to hit Drake up to be featured in the video after she heard he was in New Orleans. Freedia was featured on the "Nice for What" track but was noticeably absent in the music video for the song, drawing criticism from fans.
"I decided to hit him up myself and was like, 'Why you didn't let me know you were in New Orleans?'" she told TMZ. "And he was like, 'I just got here. Why don't you come through? We're shooting a video tonight. I want you to get a few cameos.' So I did that."
The Queen Diva said she had to stay up 'til the wee hours of the morning to make her appearance, but it got done.
"I had to call my people at midnight to come make me up and do my hair," Freedia added. "I made it to the video shoot at about 2:00 a.m., and we hung out until about 6:00 a.m. He didn't want me to get off the mic. He wanted me to rock the mic and the crowd all night."
Big Freedia said Drake didn’t directly apologize for the "Nice for What" snub, but she feels like her cameos in “In My Feelings” made up for the omission. She said her appearance in the latest video, where she is in good cameo company with stars like Lala Anthony and Phylicia Rashad, could encourage other artists to include LGBTQ folks in their content.
"It wasn't really an apology, because I guess he felt like, 'You didn't make 'Nice for What,' but that's why I made sure that I responded soon as you hit me up so that you could be in 'In My Feelings.' In that video.' It's definitely a step in the right direction,” Freedia said. “I think that other artists out there should feel the same way, that no matter what your background is—no matter if you're a gay artist—that we can be able to be there just as anyone else."
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