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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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nicko252008
smooth flow
18 years later I still relax to her flow. #FruiitcakeN a t i o n
alandrew413
Bahamadia... Good Rap Music.
My true illadelph sound...so dam smooth..luv it
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
Mad skills jus smooth wit it rock rock on...
She got a chill flow
The smoothest female MC of ALL TIME!!
Why are my songs cutting off in the middle??
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Under rated is an understateme n t , she is sooo goooooood.
This is when i was a kid amazing how art.can effect your life.
Way way wwwaaaay under rated queens of hip hop
She is real hip hop yo son turn off your radio and tune in to me
Real HIp Hop
i am ashamed of my generation. We need to save real hip hop like this people. DON'T LET REAL MUSIC DIE!!!!!!! please /.\
da713hustla
She would KILL that trash Nicki Minaj in any freestyle battle STRAIGHT UP!
This youngsters don't know bout this! Real Hip Hop!
Rock on
vanillafeels
She shouted out all the 90's rappers. Classic
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
She can flow yo
Such culture and I'm only 15
True hip hop
This showing my age , but damn what happen to her , she was dope back then ? This was a hard record
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!
One of the best female MC's ever. Todays female MC's need to take notes on how to really rhyme from her.
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.
bio not up to date, she is still doing stuff. wiki instead
Top 5 female MC's period, incredibly under rated.
Nicki Minaj ain't got sh*t on Bahamadia!!
Bahamadia is the s**t..period . . a n d she's from my hometown PHILLY stand up!!
She real 90's rapper... I like her though.
HOT LIKE FIRE
not a rap lover,howeve r , this was nice. female snoop doog has a nice flowl
Man gotta love the philly classics! Hot
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.
jeanjacque3
I miss her
Bahamadia need to rock rock on...
true philly queen big up youll always have love here
Bahamadia has no equal.
So silky smooth her voice will leave you relaxed with pep.
What can I say...Shes my big sister...Yo, I used to rock BB when I was in Honduras for six months...I had the barracks rockin
I was in my hip-hop prime when i first heard this and it felt so good to know that there are some Hip-Hop queens out there in the universe!
Uknowhowwedu - classic will always be one my favs. She is smooth and her voice always made my day when I would hear her. TX FAN...
Yo! Bahamadia was the jank. This album brings back memories from when I was a Freshmen at Shaw University. My roommate from West Philly got me into her music. All I can say is Bahamadia was da truth!!
I know her from the Roots and her collabos with them, I'm impressed with her resume... Very smart, talented, laid-back female rapper. Most female lyricists are trying too hard, I think. Give me her, Lauryn Hill, Jean Grae...
chelyn62
you are still bad and on FIRE!!!
She is HOT and I can see most people who commented agree. The reason she didn't blow up is because she wasn't talking about how hard she is, how much money she has, or flashing rented jewelry and cars. It's unfortunate that rappers who talk like they have some sense don't make very far, but rappers that talk about a bunch of nonsense blow up...Hey I guess that is the world we live in.
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