Hip-hop DJ and producer Prince Paul stopped in New Orleans as part of a six-part series documenting music culture across the country. Pauls' "Adventurous Musical Journey" (part of Scion A/V, which put out Big Freedia's EP) checked out New York's dance scenes, garage rock in Kansas — and now bounce in New Orleans. "I heard there's gonna be a lot of booties, and I want to see the booties, definitely," Paul says at the beginning of the video.
Paul is an authority on hip-hop and rap music if there is one, ever. He's produced tracks and albums for De La Soul, Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick and dozens others. Here, the pioneer gives his blessing to New Orleans bounce (not that it needed it — also it's overdue).
Paul and his crew (Soce the Elemental Wizard and pal Mr. Dead) stop at bounce hotbed Caesar's, learn dance moves from hype man Big Choo and his Game Ova crew, and interview Rusty Lazer, Big Freedia and Katey Red. An interview at Buffa's Lounge with Katey and Freedia went something like this:
Soce asks, "So, you guys are both part of the sissy bounce movement? ... Yes and no?
Freedia looks down and smiles, and Katey smiles and says, "Yeah, just say yeah. Just say yeah."
"Definitely we're part of the label," Freedia says.
"You got a problem with the label," Paul says.
"It's not sissy bounce," Freedia says. "It's really just bounce music."
But, Katey says, "If sissy bounce is the label I need to be under to get to where I need to go —"
"I'm there," Freedia laughs. "Sissy bounce it is."
Check out the video after the jump.
Diplo made a similar trip last year as a pilot for a series on music and culture, what Fader called an "Anthony Bourdain on the music scenes he's into." He hangs with Brice Nice and learns the history of the brown beat and triggerman, and visits Nuthin But Fire Records and Caesar's, where Diplo meets Sissy Nobby and Big Freedia. Diplo enthusiastically (and naively) labels the duo "sissy" (which they would denounce, as they did with Paul). (Also, Diplo, dude, why didn't you consult Alison Festerstock and Where They At, or all things NOLA Bounce?)
Paul's cohorts suggest he should incorporate bounce music into one of his older songs, essentially "remixing" his own song. Diplo is well on his way there. And other DJs and producers are throwing bounce into their tracks: 5th Ward Weebie said Beyonce has liberally borrowed from bounce, and Girl Talk plays DJ Jubilee. The festival circuit (Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest and South By Southwest in particular) are all over Freedia, whose videos become viral hits. And if you need another hint at its mainstream success: Scion, a car company, is behind Big Freedia's EP and this documentary series.