Bahamadia Makes A Statement For Gender Equality & She Will Not Be Ignored (Video)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Rap veteran Bahamadia has been busy making music since her Gang Starr co-signed 1996 debut album, Kollage. Since then, she has been featured alongside the likes of The Roots, Jedi Mind Tricks, and Erykah Badu. Two years ago, Bahamdaia produced an entire EP, Dialed Up 2, strictly through her phone, “due to a desire to produce on the fly while presenting quality material in a most cost-effective approach.” Now, the East Coast MC is geared up with more brand new material as she preps the release of her much anticipated album, HERE.
Written with power and purpose, Bahamadia debuts her latest video for her single, “We Here.” The record itself makes a multi-faceted statement for gender equality and a significant call for action and change as the Philly MC spits with resolve over Track Team’s hard hitting production. Directed by Olise Forel (T.I., Black Moon, Large Professor, Method Man), Bahamadia raps with many of her rhymes written as the backdrop to her own image. These same shots are interpolated with images of Bahamadia in her hometown as she scrolls through the internet, browsing for images and paying tribute to some of Hip-Hop’s most powerful women, including OG’s Sha-Rock of The Funky 4 + 1 More, Queen Latifah, Salt-n-Pepa, Rah Digga and more current artists, Jean Grae, Sa-Roc, Rapsody, DJ Kool Flash, and Chika.
Deeper into the track, Bahamadia rhymes with blatant intent and as a champion for her cause, “One of the last of a dying breed supplying a need / To put dignity where it’s supposed to be / Far as the B-Girl essence of energy in the industry / Counteract the pornographic imagery effectively / Disclosing the motives of the beast / Currently controlling these corporate entities / Blatantly attacking the female psyche / Cease em from completely misrepresenting me / On the net, boob tube screens or magazines / Not cool to be viewed as a piece of meat / Exploiting any lady with low self-esteems / A false depiction of what femininity means.”
Bahamadia explains the song’s intent: “This is the official anthem for women of the authentic B-Girl aesthetic in the Hip-Hop movement/culture. It is a celebratory tribute to the diversity of women who’ve existed, contributed to and maintained the pulse of industry and art associated with culture of all disciplines.”
Further, Bahamadia describes the making of the song, and it’s long awaited history. “The song itself was written in 2006 or so originally to a loop Psycho Les of The Beatnuts did. Les didn’t follow through, which led to deciding to demo the song with an indie beat-maker who missed the mark sound wise. Several years later, I took the acapella version to my mentee at the time who laced it.”
Soon, “We Here” will be featured exclusively on Bahamadia’s forthcoming, fourth studio album, HERE, set to release later this fall via B-Girl Records.
Bahamadia is performing Sunday night (July 14) as part of Fat Beats’ 25th-anniversary show at New York City’s Sony Hall. AFH TV spoke to DJ Eclipse about the significance of the record store (which opened locations in several cities). We are currently offering free 30-day subscriptions.