Big Freedia Says She Had to Call Drake to Get Featured in His 'In My Feelings' Video
For New Orleans bounce artist Big Freedia, recognition is the name of the game. She's been featured on huge hit-making tracks like Beyoncé's “Formation,” RuPaul’s “Peanut Butter,” and most recently, Drake’s runaway summer smash-hit “Nice For What.”
However, the “Rent” singer was not physically featured in Drake's video for the song, and she publicly stated her frustration over the omission, saying that his use of her vocals but no visual representation felt like a major snub. “People want to use bounce music as a part of their music,” she told The Fader in April. “But when it comes to the proper recognition of me being in the video, that's something that we're steady working towards to make it happen.”
Now, according to a new interview with TMZ, it turns out that Freedia took matters into her own hands, calling Drake up after the "Nice" debacle went down. She found out that the rapper was in New Orleans filming his video for "In My Feelings," and asked why he didn’t tell her that he was around town.
"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 star said that she put herself together, with the help of her hair and makeup team, and shot the video with Drake from 2:00 a.m. until 6:00 a.m., saying that “[Drake] didn’t want me to get off the mic. He wanted me to rock the mic and that crowd all night.”
Freedia added that while Drake did not technically apologize to her for omitting her from the “Nice For What” video, she felt that this was his form of an apology. “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 My Feelings,' in that video,'” she said. “It's definitely a step in the right direction. 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."
Before ending the interview, Freedia also took a moment to weigh in on Travis Scott’s controversial decision to remove transgender model Amanda Lepore from the cover of his new album Astroworld. “I think it's just horrible that just because of a person's lifestyle, that people take different turns and probably didn't want any backlash for having Amanda on there,” Freedia said. “But he's probably got more backlash that she was removed from it.”
Watch Big Freedia's full interview with TMZ below.