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Bahamadia

Bahamadia rose to prominence on the hip-hop scene as the female protégée of Gang Starr's Guru, and lent her smooth-flowing raps to a variety of projects during the late '90s, including several electronica and acid jazz artists. Born Antonia Reed in Philadelphia, Bahamadia started out DJing at local house parties in the early to mid-'80s, and soon stepped out front to prove her skill on the mic as well. She remained a presence on the Philly hip-hop scene, but didn't make her first recordings until hooking up with producer/radio personality DJ Ran, who helmed her independent 1993 single "Funk Vibe." "Funk Vibe" caught the attention of Gang Starr MC Guru, who took an interest in Bahamadia's career and helped her get a record deal with Chrysalis. Her first singles, 1994's "Total Wreck" and 1995's "Uknowhowwedu," were well-received in the underground for their jazzy flavor and laid-back raps. She also appeared on the second volume of Guru's acclaimed Jazzmatazz project. The full-length LP Kollage followed in 1996, and featured production by both Guru and DJ Premier of Gang Starr, as well as fellow Philly natives the Roots.

Unfortunately, Chrysalis folded a year later, and Bahamadia chose to wait out her contract before resuming her solo career. In the meantime, she made a string of musically adventurous guest appearances that solidified her underground reputation: the Roots (Illadelph Halflife's "Push up Ya Lighter"), Sweetback (Sade's backing band), drum'n'bass auteur Roni Size (the title track of the landmark New Forms), Towa Tei, acid jazzers the Brand New Heavies, the Herbaliser, trip-hoppers Morcheeba ("Good Girl Down"), Rah Digga, Slum Village, and Talib Kweli's Reflection Eternal (their collaboration, "Chaos," appeared on the seminal Rawkus compilation Soundbombing, Vol. 2). She also hosted a hip-hop radio show in Philadelphia from 1997-1999. In 2000, she signed with the L.A.-based indie Goodvibe and released the chilled-out seven-track EP BB Queen (as in "beautiful black"), which received excellent reviews. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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THIS SISTA WAS BEFORE HER TIME. SHE'S MOST DEF A BB QUEEN.
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amalco115
Keep nab tomorrow and I love it so
Loai. Bad thing ss
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amalco115
Rose lost yo too long Bo Tia
Loai rmv
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Wow what a lady str8 riding out son south fla Miami
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I used to bump this in the bucket back in the day! Trunk vibrating and rattling! Lol!!
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She was a beast, & can out flow any female or even some of these so call emcee's today.
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Head bopping music with a nice groove
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da713hustla
MC Lyte is the best ever, but Bahamadia definitely could have challenged her for the crown! Too bad she was never given a real chance to shine though.
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love you lady.....
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info491797
WestPhiLLyLo v e s U g i r l !
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jaiveion.gat e w o o d
I love her flow
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nicko252008
smooth flow
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18 years later I still relax to her flow. #FruiitcakeN a t i o n
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alandrew413
Bahamadia... Good Rap Music.
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My true illadelph sound...so dam smooth..luv it
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Bahamadia gots a melodic smooth flow
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memos I wish I had a time machine to go back in time truly miss the 90's
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Mad skills jus smooth wit it rock rock on...
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She got a chill flow
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The smoothest female MC of ALL TIME!!
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Why are my songs cutting off in the middle??
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Under rated is an understateme n t , she is sooo goooooood.
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This is when i was a kid amazing how art.can effect your life.
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Way way wwwaaaay under rated queens of hip hop
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She is real hip hop yo son turn off your radio and tune in to me
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Real HIp Hop
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i am ashamed of my generation. We need to save real hip hop like this people. DON'T LET REAL MUSIC DIE!!!!!!! please /.\
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da713hustla
She would KILL that trash Nicki Minaj in any freestyle battle STRAIGHT UP!
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This youngsters don't know bout this! Real Hip Hop!
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Rock on
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vanillafeels
She shouted out all the 90's rappers. Classic
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I miss the real hip hop, you can expand your vocabulary with old hip hop and learn somethin, u cant learn or feel sh! T with this new school stuff, thanks Pandora
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She can flow yo
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Such culture and I'm only 15
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True hip hop
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This showing my age , but damn what happen to her , she was dope back then ? This was a hard record
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bigdaaveswif e
Love her music. Such realness. We don't see that anymore or hear it either. I'm tired of the bubblegum snap crackmeup and pop..... such a travesty. Thanks for sticking around!
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One of the best female MC's ever. Todays female MC's need to take notes on how to really rhyme from her.
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Dope rapper from back in the day, saw her perform at U of Wisc. twelve years ago, gave her dap and told her good show. She's really down to earth.
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bio not up to date, she is still doing stuff. wiki instead
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Top 5 female MC's period, incredibly under rated.
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Nicki Minaj ain't got sh*t on Bahamadia!!
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Bahamadia is the s**t..period . . a n d she's from my hometown PHILLY stand up!!
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She real 90's rapper... I like her though.
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HOT LIKE FIRE
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not a rap lover,howeve r , this was nice. female snoop doog has a nice flowl
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Man gotta love the philly classics! Hot
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rosedoubleu
True artist. Her joints ease your soul. Ahead of her time and under-rated. Top Notch beats... amazing melodies and soulful grooves. She's in my top 5 female mc's ever. Please feed us some more Bahamadia!! Hip Hop needs you.
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jeanjacque3
I miss her
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