Beyoncé first released “Formation,” the political track (and its accompanying video) foreshadowed what was to come with the world-renowned artist’s latest album Lemonade. But “Formation” was great for another reason, too: the lead single featured a notable appearance from New Orleans bounce queen Big Freedia.
Now, in a promo clip from an upcoming episode of Freedia’s television series Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce, we get to witness the phone call that set everything in motion.
Freedia is cooking in her kitchen with fiancé Devon and Uncle Percy present, when the “Y’all Get Back Now” artist gets the call.
“Yes this is Freedia, who’s this,” asks the singer before whispering to her family that it’s the Queen B. “It was just so phenomenal and so amazing,” Freedia offers after chatting with the Lemonade superstar. “I was flipping the fuck out.”
The two then discuss a game plan about the New Orleans-based artist’s contributions, with her stating that she would go to the studio as soon as she received the beat. Well, those contributions ended up appearing on the video version of “Formation.”
“I came to slay bitch,” Freedia proudly boasts over the track. “I like corn breads and collard greens, bitch. Oh yas, you besta believe it.”
“Formation” also featured another integral bounce artist from New Orleans — Messy Mya. A sample of Mya, who was murdered in 2010, opens the song.
Freedia also discussed how the collaboration came about earlier this year, when the artist made an appearance at the New Orleans public library. “They sent me a very small snippet — maybe nine seconds [of the track],” Freedia explains in the video. “We looped the track over and over for two minutes. And then I laid down a verse, I did ad-libs — I’m like going crazy in the studio trying to do any and every voice.”