Twerk? Yaka? Duffy? Buku? Big Freedia’s Guide to Bounce Music Slang

Big Freedia knows a thing or two about twerking — last fall she helped set the Guinness World Record for the most people twerking simultaneously. This month, she has even more reasons to get on the dancefloor and celebrate: Her new album, Just Be Free, comes out today, and the second season of her Fuse TV reality show, Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce, kicked off last week.
As an ambassador for New Orleans bounce music, Big Freedia hasn’t been thrilled with how the recent attention surrounding twerking watered down and misrepresented a dance tradition with decades of history. So TIME asked Big Freedia (who is a man but uses female pronouns when talking about her work as a performer) for an introduction to bounce vocab. The questions of when and if it’s okay to borrow from cultures that aren’t your own have been a hot topic in pop music for the past year, but Freedia says she’s happy to share as long as you get it right. “I definitely want it to spread and make everyone aware of it,” Freedia says. “If you’re interested, definitely dig in.”

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Big Freedia, known as the Queen of Bounce, is a New Orleans-based rapper and ambassador of Bounce music. A vibrant twist on hip-hop, Bounce is characterized by call-and-response lyrics over rapid-fire beats and accelerated booty-shaking.

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