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Big Freedia's 'Best Beeleevah' Adds Eccentric Mardi Gras Twist to Harry Belefonte's 'Jump in the Line': Listen

Big Freedia performs during the Buku Music + Arts Festival
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Big Freedia performs during the Buku Music + Arts Festival at Mardi Gras World on March 13, 2015 in New Orleans.

If you weren't able to get out of your house and join in on the Mardi Gras celebrations this week, don't sweat it. New Orleans rapper Big Freedia kicked off the Mardi Gras season with a new track that harnessed all the Fat Tuesday energy. The NOLA bounce artist released "Best Beeleevah" via a new playlist titled "The Sound of Bounce" on Spotify.

The record is carried by a flip of the classic 1961 Harry Belafonte record "Jump in the Line (Shake, Señora)." As the kettle drum drops a breezy melody, Freedia pours in a mix of explosive drums and rampant vocals to incorporate that high-octane New Orleans bounce sound. The lyrics of "Jump in the Line" swerve through the record amid a flurry of warped chants and DJ scratches.

"Best Beeleevah" is the third record Big Freedia has hopped on this year, also collaborating with Ms. Tee for the records "Side Ho" and "Good Times." The NOLA native also looks forward to a pretty busy 2018 as Freedia is headed across the pond for a European tour in the spring.

Check out "Best Beelevah" below.