After being left out of Drake’s “Nice for What” music video despite her vocal being featured, New Orleans bounce queen Big Freedia appears in the video for the rapper’s Song of the Summer contender “In My Feelings.”
One problem — he didn’t invite her. She had to ask for a seat at the table.
Freedia told TMZ that she contacted Drake while he was in New Orleans filming the video for “In My Feelings.”
“It’s definitely a [step] in the right direction,” Freedia said on video for TMZ. “Other artists out there should feel the same way. 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.”
In April, writer Myles Johnson called out the music industry for its constant erasure of Big Freedia despite using her voice and her name to bolster their New Orleans bounce cred.
“It does feel quite odd for mainstream culture to seemingly make a phantom or ghost out of a living person,” Johnson wrote of Freedia, whose disembodied voice was featured in both the “Nice for What” and Beyonce’s “Formation” videos. “Usually when you only hear a voice and never the body and face of someone in music videos, it is because they are dead. Yet in the case of Big Freedia, although she is alive and kicking, she is still treated like an apparition when mainstream artists want to collaborate with her.”