Ask the average cat to recite a list of female rappers, and it’s likely even Queen Pen and Yo Yo would crop up before the lamentably underrated Bahamadia. It’s not down to any lack of skills – far from it. It’s down to the fact that her tracks have always been on the underground, independent tip, without a hint of commerciality.
Hailing from Philadelphia, she was an original member of the Gang Starr Foundation. This joint, from her 1996 album ‘Kollage’, peddles the jazzy hip-hop sound favoured by the likes of Digable Planets, Polyrhythm Addicts and others of the time, a blissful head-nodding groove. If Erykah Badu took up rapping again, this is a lot like how she’d sound.