Big Freedia Reveals The Real Meaning Of Beyoncé’s “Break My Soul”
Big Freedia feels like fainting. The New Orleans rapper is on everyone’s radar again after Beyoncé featured Big Freedia on “Break My Soul,”
the lead single from her seventh studio album Renaissance. “It was hard keeping it a secret — I didn’t even tell my whole team,”
Big Freedia tells Bustle not long after the song’s release. “[I’m] excited and blessed, and like, I might faint!”
The house-inspired song heavily samples the early 1990s hit “Show Me Love” by Robin S. as well as the 2014 dance bop “Explode” by Big Freedia.
Listeners immediately latched onto the song’s ode to burnout culture and call for The Great Resignation:
“Release ya anger, release ya mind / release ya job, release the time / release ya trade, release the stress / release the love, forget the rest.”
People everywhere are interpreting the verse — which was pulled directly from “Explode” — as encouragement to quit their jobs.
While that wasn’t necessarily Big Freedia’s original intent, the lyrics have found an enduring relevance in today’s work-centered culture.
“‘Explode is a song about the daily stresses of life and coming to the club to release it all,” she says.