April 02, 2016

Bahamadia "Kollage" (The Source Album Review, 1996)

Bahamadia The Source Album Review Kollage

Bahamadia's classic debut 'Kollage' was released 20 years ago today. “The title 'Kollage' was a reflection of my state of mind ... I first got interested in music from playing my parents’ and grandparents’ records, as well what I heard on the radio. I wanted 'Kollage' to reflect that diversity both lyrically and sonically.” With production from DJ Premier, Guru, Da Beatminerz, Ski Beatz & others, this project was masterful both in lyrics and production. "Chrysalis/EMI supported Bahamadia’s vision through five singles and a music video, including the powerful street-beat debut “Total Wreck,” a track that first appeared on the Guru’s collective Ill Kid sampler in 1994; the more chill “Uknowhowwedu,” a tribute to her Philly peeps, and the swag strut club banger “True Honey Buns” was further proof that B. was no joke." In retrospect, Bahamadia adds "I was given the opportunity, and I knew I had to make the best of it. I had no idea I was going to be part of history. I was just trying to make a good record." (via Ebony) Props to her, she did that and more!