When Beyoncé rolls up in a light blue El Camino to do some donuts in her "Formation" video, it's not Queen Bey herself you hear on the track — but a New Orleans musician known to his fans as the "Queen of Bounce."
"I did not come to play with you hoes," the artist, Big Freedia, says in his booming voice. "I came to slay, bitch."
But Big Freedia, in all his glory, is nowhere to be found in the video. He's also absent from Drake's "Nice for What," where he yells out, "I wanna know who mothafuckin' representin' in here tonight" in the opening lines.
After loosening Big Freedia up with some of his ultimate vices — purses, massage therapy, and ice — in exchange for some honest answers about his life, VICE News learned that Big Freedia isn't mad at Bey or Drake.
"So a lot of people think that they didn’t want me in it visually, but our schedules didn't line up," Big Freedia said. "And it's OK for me like, my voice being in it is a start. And that's important for me and for the LGBTQ community. For me, as long as the check clear, I'm fine."
We won Big Freedia's heart by combining his love of ice chips with his appreciation for a nicely formed derriere by gifting him an ice butt sculpture.
"Now, this is an ass I’ll eat," Big Freedia said. "I'm addicted to ice. I like certain types of ice: like the little small pellets, or I like the really flaky ice."
And he decided to get a little personal (a goblet of ice chips in hand, of course).
"A lot of people think that I am trans but I'm not trans," Big Freedia explained. "I am a gay male with hair and nails. So if you say 'he' or 'she' it doesn't matter. I know who I am."
This segment originally aired August 9, 2018 on VICE News Tonight on HBO.