Respect The Bounce

Big Freedia and her two backup dancers Tootie and Skip.

Big Freedia and her two backup dancers Tootie and Skip.

April 16th 2016, we got to experience the Queen Diva herself, Big Freedia, as she headlined the Indie Grits Festival Concert in Columbia, SC. The performance can't be called anything less than amazing. For those who don't know, Big Freedia is a MAJOR part of Bounce culture, and bounce culture is in a lane of its own.

Yes, we met Queen Diva! (Missing Mira, Heyyy boo)

Yes, we met Queen Diva! (Missing Mira, Heyyy boo)

Native to New Orleans, and to a lesser extent, Texas, bounce music makes you do exactly what the name implies: bounce. Bounce is characterized sonically by call-and-response-style lyrics, Mardi Gras Indian chants & call-outs, visually by the carefree dances to the quick beats created by drum machines and synthesisers. Most of the music notably samples “Drag Rap (Trigger Man)” (aka the “Triggerman” beat),  a 1986 track by the New York rap group The Showboys,  and DJ Cameron Paul’s 1987 “Brown Beat”, keeping its tie to hip hop very close. So close in fact to southern hip hip that many of our favourite late 90’s collectives have roots in bounce culture. (There's a reason Back That Azz Up makes you move the way it does!) Though mainstream outside of the Bounce Capital has shifted its focus from the music, a subculture of bounce made popular by acts like Freedia, Sissy Nobby and Katey Red, still reigns supreme on the dance scene.


Those on the outside looking in are intimidated by the hyper sexual dances that liberate the performers, but the music is made to be danced to. It awakens senses in people that lay dormant when listening to other genres, and the more you twerk, the better. Twerking is just one style of dance as it associated with bounce. No, not that mess you see Ciley Myrus doing on tv that makes us cringe. Actual dance moves including clapping, p-poppin, exercising, busting open, mixing, etc, that dominate the dance floor and take a certain level of skill to conquer.

The world of bounce is about being yourself, letting go of your inhibitions, and getting the best dance workout ever. Like trap and crunk, Bounce will forever have its place in southern hip hop, in our hearts and in our hips. Check out some of our fav bounce tracks and let's us know how you feel!



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