Hip Hop Ladies Night – Artist Review – Bahamadia


Background information

Birth name – Antonia Reed
Origin – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Genres – Hip hop, Alternative hip hop, Jazz Rap
Years active – 1994–present
Labels – Chrysalis/EMI Records
Good Vibe Recordings
E1 Music
E1 Entertainment
Associated acts – The Roots, Gang Starr, Gang Starr Foundation, Planet Asia, Talib Kweli

Bahamadia (Antonia Reed) is a Philadelphia-born hip hop artist. As a member of Gang Starr Foundation, she released her critically acclaimed debut album entitled Kollage in 1996.[1] The album featured production by Guru and DJ Premier of Gang Starr. Kollage was followed in 2001 by BB Queen, an EP release.

Bahamadia is a respected lyricist in hip hop and is known for her silky, subdued monotone delivery. She has expressed a positive attitude toward globalism as an emerging trend in hip hop. For example, in a 2003 collaboration with little-known group the Sisters of the Underground on a track entitled “Global”, she performs lyrics in the chorus which acknowledge Japan, Canada, Sweden, Norway, and Thailand, among other countries, for fostering vibrant hip hop communities, and Japan in particular for the dedication of her Japanese fans. She has recorded a number of bootlegs exclusively released in Japan.

Her reputation in North America has been enhanced by a number of highly regarded guest appearances on tracks by artists including The Roots, Jedi Mind Tricks and Planet Asia, and through her association with the Philadelphia hip hop collective Army of the Pharaohs.


Title Label Date Catalog Number Notes

KollageChrysalis/EMI RecordsMarch 19, 19967243 8 35484 2 2/F2-35484Her Solo Debut Album
BB QueenGood Vibe RecordingsJuly 25, 2000SHO-CD-0017
Good Rap MusicB-Girl Freedom Records[2]January 8, 2006CDJAM009
HereB-Girl Freedom Records[2]TBACDBGFR010


YearTitleChart PositionsAlbum

Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles

SalesHot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & TracksHot Rap Singles

1994″Total Wreck”#50–Kollage


1996″I Confess”#27#45#11Kollage

1996″Three The Hardway”#27#45#11Kollage

2000″Special Forces”–#38BB Queen
Guest appearances

1995: Respect The Architect Guru’s Jazzmatazz, Vol. 2: The New Reality

1996: Au Natural (from Sweetback’s self-titled album)

1996: Push Up Ya Lighter (from The Roots’ album Illadelph Halflife)

1997: Say Word (from the Boogiemonsters album God Sound)

1997: New Forms (from Roni Size’s album New Forms)

1998: Happy (from Towa Tei’s album Sound Museum)

1998: Five Perfect Exertions (From Army of the Pharaohs’s EP “The Five Perfect Exertions EP”)

1999: Chaos with Talib Kweli (from Rawkus Records’s album Soundbombing II)

1999: When I Shine (from English group Herbaliser’s album Very Mercenary)

1999: Exertions(Remix) (from Jedi Mind Tricks album Violent By Design)

1999: Plead the Fifth (from Concise Kilgore album Plead the Fifth)

2000: Good Girl Down (from Morcheeba’s album Fragments of Freedom)

2001: Expo Expo (from the Japanese group M-Flo’s album Expo Expo)

2001: Too Much Weight (from Princess Superstar’s album Princess Superstar Is)

2003: Love of My Life Worldwide (from Erykah Badu’s album Worldwide Underground)

2004: Toxic (Found Sound Remix) with Britney Spears

2004: B-Girl Session (from CHOPS’s album Virtuosity)

2004: Ancestry in Progress, “Yelling Away” and “Show Me The Way” with Zap Mama

2007: Still Here (from Japanese dj DJ Deckstream’s album Deckstream Soundtracks)

2009: Breathe (from Mr. Lif’s album I Heard It Today)

2009: Do What I Believe (from Statik Selektah’s The Pre-Game EP)

2010: Fired Up (from Hezekiah’s Conscious Porn Album ft Talib Kweli)

2011: Connect (from Finnish beatboxer Felix Zenger’s album Won’t Say a Thing)

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