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N.E.R.D.’s Hit Song “Lemon” Owes A Lot To New Orleans Bounce

Written by on 29 Aug 2019

For the final episode of Earworm they dug into N.E.R.D.’s hit song “Lemon” featuring Rihanna. Its sound is quintessential Pharrell: happy, energetic, and bouncy. The more they listened to it though, the more thry realized that its bouncy energy was inspired by a genre of hip-hop that has rarely trickled into the mainstream – New Orleans Bounce.

To learn more about the genre and to get the definitive answer on whether “Lemon” is a bounce song, Earworm spoke with Big Freedia, a Native of New Orleans and an artist widely credited with bringing bounce music to the masses.


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