What the Hell is Sissy Bounce?


38 Responses to “What the Hell is Sissy Bounce?”

  1. MarignyMohican says:

    Oh yeah, also, in New Orleans (at least amongst the school kids that make fun of me) ‘sissy’ is a derogatory word for a gay guy.

    Nobby and Freedia have taken it and made it much more (and less offensive?) than than :)

  2. DeWynken says:

    Scott is an amazing dude, thanks to him I ended up where I am through a chance encounter.

    As far as the whole Sissy bounce thing..sure, why not?

  3. scifijazznik says:

    I can guarantee death by laughter if you were to watch me attempt this new-fangled dance sensation.

  4. Anonymous says:

    EXACTLY! Vockah Redu is as punk as it gets!

    • Anonymous says:


  5. sissy nobby says:

    support the sissy bounce movement by buying many songs from the one and only sissy nobby from itunes right now.

    such as beat it out the frame (the ring tone is also available for the iphone)


    heres the official music video for “beat it out the frame” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5n7BK6Mt_E



    wine it up-hey dj ( the ring tone is also available for the iphone)

    suport the sissy bounce movement and purchase a one of these sissy nobby songs

  6. Anonymous says:

    Look up “Wuk Fah Thursday” on the ‘tube if you want to see some really weird raw Jamaican dancehall grinding.

  7. flatfive says:

    Can anybody speak to the etymology of Sissy in New Orleans slang? Upon seeing the title of this phenomenon, I immediately thought of the Meters’ song ‘Sissy Strut.’ Seems like they would be related.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Check out this article on Sissy Bounce as well:

    It gives more context on the Bounce community.

  9. klobouk says:

    The video anon at 20 linked is gorgeous, and to a non-dance-literate person kinda looks more like really tightly controlled krumping than almost anything else. The o.p. video, while nice, seems to be a lot of people doing pretty much the same move, which makes my interest trail off over time.

  10. klobouk says:

    Er, sorry, 20 is quite nice but I really meant anon at 23.

  11. glaborous immolate says:

    “There’s a thin line between enjoyment and violence.”

    Well, that just says it all.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Here in the US men shaking their hips is considered sissy, but over in west africa men wiggle around just as much as the women.. Check it out:


    This is a typical west african music video..

  13. Anonymous says:

    @MarignyMohican: props to Jazz Fest for the multiple bounce artists on the roster this year, but it’s not due to any new overwhelming popularity. The Fest has been booking bounce since ’89-’90.

  14. Antinous / Moderator says:

    I have sacral pain just from watching the video.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Was the Toys-R-Us parking lot the only place available in all of New Orleans to film that woman singing?? Hilarious.

  16. Anonymous says:

    gracias por ponerlo ..aprendemos mas del tema..

  17. Anonymous says:

    anon #20…

    and here’s one way the boys do it…shoulders, knees and necks…tho lotsa the boys (gay or straight) can pop it here too!



  18. JoshP says:

    if you were living in the overgrown marble puddle between ponchartrain and that armpit we call the gulf you’d get up to some shenanigans as well… bounce on. Have some fun before we have to start calling the place Houston Bay.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Thanks again, Xeni.

  20. DangerJackson says:

    I can’t say enough about how inspiring sissy bounce is for me.

    With Big Freedia and Sissy Nobby I feel like have a good and relevant voice in hiphop. This is a big deal considering that just being gay let alone, stepping anywhere outside the gender binary, in the hiphop community marginalizes you to the point of invisibility. Yes, there have been been “out” MC’s but they where drowned out by the heteronormative hyper masculine mainstream sounds of everyone else. Sissy Bounce is different it’s loud and raw and it’s got serious momentum. Freedia can get up on a mic anywhere in the US right now and and expect a packed room with booty shaking like it’s going out of style. Tracks off Sissy Nobby’s latest mixpack are set to become some of this summer’s hottest cuts across multiple genres. There’s no denying this blowing up.

    Success and acceptance of sissy bounce is about more than just hiphop. This music is coming out of the club and into the hearts and minds of a generation. Its a gleaming beacon of hope for all those with a queer identity, its a another big crack in the facade of homophobic societal norms, and a sign of brighter future where we’re all allowed to define ourselves rather than being confined to one of two check boxes. Shake that ass and change the world.

  21. BethNOLA says:

    Xeni keeps posting cool New Orleans stories. Thanks.

  22. redhead says:

    not being sure of the gender of a (hot) dancer?

    i think that’s kinda hot.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Must…ergh… resist… getting… up… and trying this… ergh… in front of… ergh.. my… bathroom mirror. Pant pant.

  24. Anonymous says:

    this is sissy nobby and if you would like more music like dis please purchase my new single on itunes call wine it up (hey dj)


  25. Anonymous says:

    ummm…and if you wanna support this culture please buy the music!

    Trax by Big Freedia are available on itunes, amazon and emusic…Sissy Nobby’s got songs for sale (check his facebook or myspace page)…Katey Red and Vockah Redu I can’t say for sure, but both are on facebook definitely!

    Bounce mixes by Rusty Lazer are at http://soundcloud.com/rustylazer and Lefty Parker posts mixes up at http://planarianproductions.blogspot.com/

  26. little green says:

    so this looks an awful lot like what we always called Dutty Wine. A little different though as regional differences dictate. In my house it’s called kitchen dance and it’s completely unsexualized and my kids and I bounce around, we’ve always just called it Jumbies (but after a brief check on the web, I believe we must be the only family to call it Jumbies).

  27. Rob Thornton says:

    Speaking of neo-New Orleans funk, I strongly recommend the new Galactic album. It’s got Big Freeda on it and is a walloping good time to boot. These days I’m quite the music grump but Galactic got me going with this one! I’m talking Funkadelic or Parliament here….

  28. agentouchie says:


  29. Anonymous says:

    Except for every gay club’s stage.
    I saw many a sissy bounce last Friday – I was down on the dancefloor, but a couple sweet boys on the stage were doing the booty bounce to the audience.

  30. Anonymous says:

    If you want to hear a good sissy bounce mix, check out this XLR8R Podcast from a few years back:


  31. Anonymous says:

    I just want to let readers of this article know that bounce music is not gay by definition (all of these artists would agree) and that gay rappers are not a marginalized group here. Freedia, Nobby and Katey perform in what would be considered “straight” clubs 99% of the time. We just live in a culture that respects the ability to rock a party no matter who you are. And i mean that literally.

    Kids who grow up here experience bounce across all races, genders and ages. DJ Jubilee performs in elementary schools and Bounce is the music of every school dance for kids growing up in the hood AND in the burbs. It is a city-wide cultural reality that defines everyday life, and it’s current popularity reflects 20 years of hard work on behalf of all of these artists and many many many more!

    I’m happy to see it blowing up, as are all of the artists that are making Bounce today, but please try to understand that in New Orleans Bounce Music is everybody’s music. All of the “Sissy” rappers know that the whole community is responsible for all of their success. And while everyone should take from these brave folx what they need, the main message is that of tolerance from all sides!

  32. Nora Rocket says:

    Yes please.

  33. igzabier says:

    @Xeni I thought the first article(bb 3-26-10) was just fun silliness, now we now you were again on the cutting edge- did anyone mention you(Xeni) on Ada Lovelace day ?!
    is there an Ada day for ‘sissies’ ?

  34. MarignyMohican says:

    Bounce has gotten so popular lately that this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage festival features a Bounce Extravaganza.


  35. Anonymous says:

    Thank you

  36. Joe Muggs says:

    Good god that is brilliant. Just goes to show that the spirit of PUNK (in all senses of the word) manifests in far more interesting forms than tired old guitar bands…

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