Big Freedia and Ciara are Buying Each Other’s Confidence on New Single “$100 Bill”

Big Freedia 2023 photo
Photo by Akasha Rabut

If it weren’t for New Orleans artist Big Freedia, pop music would not be what it is today. That’s why the present meets the present on her new single with singer Ciara, “$100 Bill,” which combines a traditional trap beat and the sensibilities of bounce music, a genre that is just as part of Freedia’s identity as she is to the genre.


Please note: This post may contain affiliate links.

As if the song was made for the summertime, the two ride off good vibrations and keep matters light in the face of much-needed loosening up. Unapologetically confident and absolutely an anthem for her ongoing summer tour, Freedia reinstates her name as someone who continues to inspire the most prominent names working in music today and reassures she’s the only one who could give proper justice to bounce music.


Right when the sunbathed guitar comes in, “$100 Bill” demands to be danced to. Ciara is first up in a short and sweet appearance that leaves out anything bitter. The moment Freedia comes into the picture, it’s her show. Without a doubt, her presence is bigger than life and adds so much charisma to a track that, in someone else’s hands, would lack the reassuring feeling she brings. For good measure, the airhorn firing squadron takes things to another level, leaving a vivid visualization of a complete dance routine.

Big Freedia, the Queen Diva, might be feeling herself. But for her, “$100 Bill” is as much of a power move as it is an empowerment move. “’$100 Bill’ is about feelin’ like new money hot off the press! Big money,” she said when speaking on the song’s background. “Feelin’ fresh and extra fabulous, but mostly about feeling good in your own skin. Owning your walk, your talk, your scent, your ride, anything that makes you feel like your best self.”

artist to watch in 2023

It might sound like Freedia is riding off the coattails of mainstream artists currently making dance music. But in reality, everyone is barely catching up to Freedia. And when everyone from Beyoncé to Drake has sampled your voice and music, why would you hide behind the curtain when the spotlight is right there?

Words: David Sosa


“$100 Bill” by Big Freedia featuring Ciara is out on all streaming services. Tickets to her US Tour, including an LA stop for RESET Festival at the Rose Bowl, are available now. For more on new music, follow Big Freedia on Instagram, Facebook, and her website.

Luis Miguel 2023 tour dates
Janet Jackson Tour Dates

Big Freedia Tour Dates:

* with the Soul Rebels 

April 28 – New Orleans Jazz Festival 2023

April 29- Houston, TX at Houston Botanical Gardens*

May 4 – The Metropolitan Night Club – New Orleans, LA

May 5- Toulouse Theatre, New Orleans

May 6 – Toulouse Theatre, New Orleans, LA 

June 2 – Re:SET Bay Area – Stanford, CA

June 3 – Re:SET San Diego – San Diego, CA

Beyoncé official 2023 tour poster

June 4 – Re:SET Los Angeles – Pasadena, CA

June 9 – Re:SET New Orleans – New Orleans, LA

Jun 10 – Re:SET Atlanta – Atlanta, GA

June 11 – Re:SET Dallas – Grand Prairie, TX

June 15 – Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival – Manchester, TN

June 17 – Boulevardia – Kansas City, MO

June 18 – Hollywood Bowl Jazz Festival *

June 24 – Pink Block Party – San Francisco, CA 

July 1 – Roskilde Festival, Roskilde, Denmark 

July 7-8 – Jazz a Vienne Festival, Vienne, France

July 15 – Motorcity Casino Hotel – Detroit, MI

July 23 – Little Rock Black Pride 2023 – Little Rock, AR

August 4 – Newport Jazz Festival 

August 25 – Wonderbus Music and Arts Festival – Columbus OH

Best Summer Music Festival in Southern California
submit your new song
influential black women femalesingers