Legendary hip hop Queen Bahamadia has been gracious enough to grant Weekly Rap Gods an interview!
Starting out as a DJ. Bahamadia became the protégée of Gang Starr’s Guru (RIP). Her unique sultry voice and hard core lyrics over dope hip hop tracks has made her one of the illest female rappers the game has encountered. She has worked with some of hip hop’s greats, such as The Roots, Gang Starr, Talib Kweli, Planet Asia, Slum Village, Rah Digga, Army of Pharaohs, and more. Bahamadia’s first project titled “Kollage” dropped in 1996. She had amazing producers like DJ Premier, Ski Beatz, and DJ Evil Dee help create her signature sound. She entered the industry with a bang — exhibiting fresh flows and that Philly funk infused hip hop to compliment her smooth, but heavy hitting style. Creating her own lane with effortless bars and charisma, Bahamadia added a powerful dynamic to Boom Bap that garnered the respect of many MCs. We checked in with the Queen to get her insight on hip hop and the method behind her musical genius.
Weekly Rap Gods: Who are some of your musical influences?
Bahamadia: My musical taste is diverse. I’ve listened to and have been exposed to countless genres all my life. Earth Wind & Fire is one. As far as rap? Ultramagnetic MCs.
Weekly Rap Gods: How do you feel about collaborating with other artists?
Bahamadia: Creating is spiritual to me. Allowing the situations to come together organically works best. If it’s a work for hire situation, depends on how well I vibe with artist and if the business is solid.
Weekly Rap Gods: What would you like to see more of from the females in hip hop?
Bahamadia: GENUINE camaraderie & consistent support for one another amongst us.
Weekly Rap Gods: What do you think of the current state of hip hop?
Bahamadia: The Hip Hop CULTURE is thriving.
Weekly Rap Gods: What do you think of the resurgence of veteran rappers?
Bahamadia: Veteran Emcees BEEN working the perception via traditional mass media platforms etc…attempts to promo a different narrative. Took sometime for many to transition from industrial to digital.
The talent, the drive and the ambition of veteran rappers has never wavered. Since Black Thought and the Queen Bahamadia have worked together for quite some time, we asked her about his recent 10 minute Funk Flex Freestyle going viral. She replied instanly, “Tariq just doing HIM!!! Decades in tho. Lava as usual.”
In case you were living under a rock last week...
Bahamadia is continues to bring us that real hip hop sh**. She recently released her project Dialed Up 2 featuring dope artists like Geechi Suede from Camp Lo, Kev Brown, Prozack Turner, Groove Da Moast, Fat Nice, Rasco, David Ghetto and Zion I.
Weekly Rap Gods: How did you come up with the unique concept for Dialed Up 2?
Bahamadia: I have a thing for gadgets etc…messing around with a few apps on my phone turned into accumulating a stockpile of beats. Decided to lay vocals over them turned into a project. As an innate creative, I am usually seeking new ways to express myself artistically. Besides, we are in the information/digital age now, so why not utilize tools in the realm of technology to lighten the workflow. It was a natural progression for me to move in this direction. Have been doing production in this form for severals years prior to releasing DIALED UP VOL 1, which was released in 2013 exclusively on bahamadia.bandcamp.com.
What an amazing and innovative project Dialed Up 2 is! Be sure to hit the links to check out the music. Bahamadia’s iconic approach to production was refreshing and trendsetting to say the least. Taking the digital era of hip hop to the next level.
Weekly Rap Gods: What upcoming projects can we expect from you?
Bahamadia: I’m working on a few DOPE collabs. Check BGIRLRECORDS.COM for all things BAHAMADIA, as well as my socials.
Weekly Rap Gods: What do you like to do in your free time?
Bahamadia: There is no free time for me lol… I make time to visit museums, read and relax.
We are truly honored to have such a humble individual share her thoughts and creative process with us and her fans. Support the Queen and purchase the music. Weekly Rap Gods salutes the hip hop legend Bahamadia for her amazing contributions to hip hop!