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“On her show, Freedia comes off as affable and grateful — belying her diva persona — and these traits are only solidified and expanded in the book.” (Rolling Stone Online)

“Whether detailing the highs or the lows, Freedia’s tales pop as much as the booty that made her famous.” (Out Magazine)

“God Save the Queen Diva is a snappily dictated story of inverted cultural norms in the wards of New Orleans.” (Eastbay Express)

“In Big Freedia: God Save the Queen Diva (Gallery Books) the rapper goes deeper, with a tale that is as much a capsule history of the bounce-music world as it is his own story.” (Times Picayune)

About the Author

Big Freedia, born Freddie Ross, is a New Orleans hip-hop musician known for bringing “bounce” from the underground music scene to the forefront of the industry. Known for her supreme star power and charismatic charm, Big Freedia has performed alongside such artists as pop duo Matt and Kim, Wiz Khalifa, and Snoop Dogg. Big Freedia’s music success is complemented by her television stardom in the reality show Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce, airing on the Fuse network. Big Freedia: God Save the Queen Diva! is her first book.

Nicole Balin was an editor at Parenting magazine and The Source, as well as a freelance writer for the Los Angeles Times, The Source Sports, Rap Pages, Huffington Post, and Blaze. Subsequently, she founded Ballin PR, which has represented artists including Linkin Park, Kool Keith, and Big Freedia.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (July 7, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1501101242
  • ISBN-13: 978-1501101243
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rachel Jenkins on August 15, 2015
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I love the casual way this autobiography was written. Freedia uses expressions and references from her world, yet brings the audience along with explanations and an insider's look at a gender-alternate, gay underground Bounce musician from New Orleans who made it big just by being herself.

It's easy to read, non judgmental, not so air-brushed as is typical in autobiographies. As a girly, overweight fat boy, Big Freedia was at first persecuted, but in high school he used his quick wits, humor, musical ability, and outrageous behavior to turn things around and become the school mascot. The darling of the school and local church, he secretly joined the underground Bounce rap scene and soon was making more money than his teachers. He allowed his gender identity to shift in the direction comfortable for him and didn't allow anyone else to define him..a successful strategy in this case.
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This memoir is well written. Because I'm a native New Orleanian, I was enthralled by the details and I understood the culture (learned some new things too:). I am very proud of Big Freedia and I truly fell in love with her mother. I highly recommend reading this fantastic, exciting and sometimes tragic life story of our own, Queen Diva.
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Big Freedia is such a big, unique personality I feared maybe the co-writer would dilute her down but instead the book seems to really capture the Queen Diva. I loved reading about her hustle and how she always keeps a positive outlook even in bad circumstances. The chapter on Katrina made me sob! But even some of the less dramatic moments about her mom or her rocky relationships struck chords. It was also just interesting to read the music business process that got her out of just playing the clubs in New Orleans to getting a bigger "hipster"y white following. I tore through this book, it was an easy read that made me laugh and cry, what more could you want? GIRL DOWN!
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I never heard of Big Freedia until one night I was channel surfing and happened to catch her show. I was blown out of my seat! I was so impressed with the love and honesty and just had to have the book. It was full of any and everything I wanted to know about Bounce and the Queen Diva. This book is an Excellent read! Long live the Queen Diva!
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I couldn't put the book down read it within 24 hours. then on January 1st I saw him perform front center stage I wish I could have brought my book for him to sign but I felt weird anyway if you show receipt he will give you a personal thank you and I sent the receipt to the email and I never got his thank you I know he's busy because it's Mardi Gras but I'm still waiting for his personal thank you because I pre-ordered this book and I've never pre-ordered any book . It's a great great story he's a great person, I love his show on the fuse channel season 5 is coming up you guys should watch
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I am a huge fan of Big Freedia bothi life and in music. Her story is truly one of a "self-made" star on the rise. For anyone who watches her show, you know she has worked hard to get where she is. Especially interesting is her deep connection with New Orleans and the deep love she had for mother. (Watching those episodes would break anyone's heart!)

This is a great book, very entertaining and a great companion to those who know and love her and those new to Big Freedia and her career.

Long live the Queen Diva!
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I absolutely loved reading this book!!!! I'm not much of a reader, but a huge Big Freedia fan, so I read the book in one day! I couldn't put it down!! It's written very well and easy to understand. It's just like Freedia is talking to you and telling you his stories. I'm proud of how far Big Freedia has come and how positive he is. I highly recommend this book!!

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Heart warming, and heart breaking story of Freedia's struggles to make her way in the complex culture of the New Orleans bounce music scene. Her personal journey is an inspiration for anyone who struggles with todays social issues of gender identification. A must read! You will laugh and you will cry. All hail The Queen.
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