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Album Review

Bahamadia's debut album, Kollage, is an underrated, jazzy affair paced by some nifty production and the MC's own dryly gentle delivery. Despite her laid-back, even deliberate flow, she has a confident, upfront presence on the mic, with strong rhyming skills and a fondness for old-school wordplay (as demonstrated on, naturally, "Wordplay"). Being a protégée of Gang Starr and a native of Philadelphia, she gets production help from the former's DJ Premier and Guru, as well as the latter's Roots. The music often recalls both of those artists, as well as the unassuming, low-key ambience of Digable Planets. But there's also often a dreamier quality than any of those groups, thanks to some spacy keyboards and fusion samples, and some R&B elements as well, most notably on the excellent single "I Confess." Other highlights include her two early singles, "Total Wreck" and "Uknowhowwedu," and the quietly shimmering "Spontaneity." Kollage isn't hugely varied, but it is fairly consistent, and fans of intellectual bohemian hip-hop will find this album very good at what it does.

Customer Reviews

Hidden gem

This album takes you back, way back. It really is a shame she never got the recognition she deserved for this album. This is before Missy Elliot, Lil Kim & Foxy Brown. A truly gifted lyrcist. Unknowhowedu, I Confess are absolute gems. They have that head bobbing effect all great songs have.

Very Underrated Artist

This album is a 5/5

Dope hip-hop

This album is so underrated.. This is South West Phillie at it's best loved her on the Roots album definitely one for the collection if you love true hip-hop

Biography

Born: Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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Kollage, Bahamadia
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  • $7.99
  • Genres: Hip-Hop/Rap, Music, Alternative Rap, Rap, Electronic, Underground Rap, Dance
  • Released: Apr 09, 1996
  • Parental Advisory

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