Bahamadia released her debut album Kollage, on April 2, 1996. Presenting an ill flow, potent lyricism, and ambient yet-head-nodding-inducing production, Kollage is criminally underrated. The female MC hails from Philly and she partnered up with none other than DJ Premier to produce one of the Golden Era’s finest.
Residing comfortably in the spiritual and intellectual hip-hop genres, her mentorship under Gang Starr made perfect sense. Other fellow Philly natives show up on the work, which includes The Roots and Questlove. She started out as a DJ in her teenage years while exercising poetry. In an interview, she credits her family as artistry seems to runs in her DNA. Kollage was a reflection of her diverse state of mind, a collage of lyrical and sonical elements influenced by playing records from her family’s personal collection.
Her unique style, inspired by the soul music of Aretha Franklin to the urban realistic sound of Schooly-D, allowed Bahamadia to forge a lane entirely her own. Currently, she serves on the women’s advisory board for the Universal Hip-Hop Museum in the Bronx and runs her label, B-Girl Records.
Kollage presents a powerful combo of cultural insight with positive messages – it’s animated by eccentricity and delivered in a buttery, sultry manner. It’s addicting, it’s underground; it’s jazzy. Go take a listen today in honor of the old school and women who are so dope they transcend gender boundaries in a man’s world.