Nickesse “Nicky Da B” Toney , a rising star in the New Orleans bounce music scene, has died at the age of 24. No word on the cause of his death has yet been released, but he was currently working on a release with famed producer Diplo.
Big Freedia has been making a living twerking for years, but today the New Orleans artist added herself to the record books. The Queen Of Bounce and 300 other people set the new world record new world record for most people twerking at one time and in one location, Herald Square in New York City.
Can we say that “twerking,” which ABC recently broke down scientifically, is officially over-hyped and commodified now? The word “twerk” will be added to the Oxford English Dictionary as a verb.
New Orleans isn’t just known for Mardi Gras, spicy cooking and Cash Money Records. The city also spawned its own regional brand of music known as “bounce,” and Big Freedia is considered one its most important contributors. This September on FUSE, Freedia will star in her own reality series, Big Freedia: The Queen Of Bounce.