Big Freedia is preparing to roll out her new LP, Central City, and is dropping heat with another hometown hero. The “Queen of Bounce” teamed up with Lil Wayne and Boyfriend for the fourth single off the project: “El Niño.” In the press release for the new single, Freedia said the track is about overcoming obstacles. “El Niño’ is about going hard in any storms that come in your life and conquering them!”
The artist also mentioned her excitement about working with the Young Money founder, saying “We put it down for our city, and this song is gonna have everyone blowin’ down!”
Freedia’s first interaction with Lil Wayne came in 2015 when she hit the stage at the inaugural Weezyana Fest, which coincided with the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
Although upbeat, the song’s slow tempo start differs from Freedia’s high-energy bounce music that made her famous. As Lil Wayne kicks off the record with “Freedia I got you,” she comes on the record chanting, “I’m bout to go “El Niño.”
Boyfriend shines on the chorus with her verse: “This bi**h bout to be gone with the wind/ Coming at you with category 10/ This b***h is really on one again/ This b***h bout to be gone with the wind.”
Freedia comes in and drops her resume just in case anyone forgot. “That’s my voice on ‘Formation’/ Yea, I f**k with Drake/ And just called Wayne.”
The second verse belongs to the legendary Weezy and his signature rapid-fire flow. “I’m bout to go El f**king niño/ I’m bout to go Hurricane Katrina/ The top of my cup light purple/ Looking just like Megan Rapinoe/ The stick long like El Camino, it stay within arm’s reach/ If I step a foot on ya’ll street, I’ll be the wolf on ya’ll street,” he raps.
Central City is Big Freedia’s second studio album. This will be the first project created through her own imprint Queen Diva (ADA Worldwide). The press release mentioned the 16-track LP includes features from the aforementioned along with Faith Evans, Ciara, Kelly Price, Kamaiyah, Sonyae, and The Soul Rebels.
Big Freedia is continuously working on something new. Recently, the entrepreneur announced she will be opening her first hotel in New Orleans. As Blavity previously reported, Hotel Freedia is expected to open for business by 2024. The location will have five rooms and offer space as a music club and bar with food. The venue will also include an outdoor pool-party space.
The space will be the hub for all of her New Orleans-based shows. And if you can’t wait until 2024 to see the “$100 Bill” singer, you can catch her on tour this summer. Shows kick off in Brooklyn, New York on June 23 before ending in Columbus, Ohio, in late August.
Check out Big Freedia’s “El Niño” featuring Lil Wayne, and Boyfriend below: