Let’s hop right into your latest entry, “We Here” — Tell me about this particular composition? How did it actually come to fruition?
“WE HERE” is the lead track of next full length release titled HERE. It’s intended to be the official anthem for the movement of female diversity, entrepreneurship, authentic artistic expression, leadership, and overall equality for us.
Sonically, how does “We Here” measure up to other Bahamadia offerings?
The production for “WE HERE” has a minimalist tone celebratory of traditional Hip Hop music’s fundamental structure. Prior works have various influences from a plethora of genres – all rooted in substance and quality – enhanced by a progressive approach. Bahamadia’s signature primarily. Each of my projects/songs have their own identity. “WE HERE” is a continuation of my legacy.
Since “We Here” is the lead entry from your next – and 1st since 2006’s Good Rap Music – full-length studio LP, HERE, what all can you reveal and/or divulge about upcoming said collection?
Lengthy hiatuses are common practice for me. Reason being is inspiration for my work comes from TRUE to life experiences, thus my art is lived then translated via creative writing etc…The material selected to appear on HERE showcases range within the confines of a more flexible vision overall.
What was it – specifically – about now in 20-15 that prompted you to return to form [music]?
It is time for me to begin again.
With that being said, how has not only the industry itself, but even more-so you, either changed and/or evolved since your whole inception into music?
We are in the information age now. Technology is a key factor in EVERY aspect of the industry. The transition is vital to anyone engaging in the business of music. Playing field has been leveled, which in my opinion is (a) catch 22. A most useful tool in regard to the internet/social media, etcetera…When used correctly within the scheme of business – which is pro. The con is overt, sub par product options available for consumption by a vast majority of folks who have been afforded the notoriety of TRUE creatives due to revisionism.
In having said that, what all had/have you been up to, both personally and professionally speaking, during your lengthy musical hiatus?
I’ve been living. Always studying life. As for my craft, finalizing my label B-GIRL RECORDS and preparing (the) HERE project, which has been at least 5 years in the making. Most of the writing was done ahead of the music that accompanies most of the songs this time out. Also created a series called ‘DIALED UP.’ ‘DIALED UP’ is a collection of projects done exclusively by me on my mobile device. The first one EVER on planet earth of its kind.
Reflecting, how did you first discover your musical talent?
I studied percussion as a youth. Once exposed to Hip Hop, began djing then emceeing (since I was into writing poetry as a youth as well). Fortunately for me I had a pretty sound support system in place growing up & my talent(s) were nurtured.
Longevity, what do you attribute yours to?
I attribute my longevity to THE MOST HIGH’S GRACE on my life. I was built/destined to do this work.
What do you feel you offer the music industry that we don’t already have in other performers?
My own AUTHENTIC voice and TRUE perspective.
Have you encountered any problems in getting to this point in your career?
When in pursuit of obtaining career goals, to be faced with certain challenges is a prerequisite. For me, prayer, planning, pacing myself, and trusting the timing of my life is the approach taken. I will say that one hurdle in my experience that most D.I.Y. artist face is having a dedicated, skilled, professional team to assist with the work.
What do you want people to get from your music?
Inspiration and edification.
On a more serious note, are you happy with the current state of Hip Hop? And, even more specifically, where exactly do you “fit in” when it comes to today’s current/trending sound-scape?
Being a “woman in rap” do you feel that in and of itself has made your journey much more difficult?
Do you have any other outside/additional aspirations, maybe even completely away from music?
Music is my life. Creating is what I do. I am into technology somewhat… Music production… Project coordination… Global community youth orientated work, etcetera…
What has been your greatest achievement(s) so far?
My “greatest achievement(s)” in THIS life have yet to come. I will say though, that living out my destiny is something to acknowledge as a blessing.
If you could collaborate with any one artist, living or dead, who would it be and why?
My collaborative efforts are all divinely lead. Whomever THE MOST HIGH appoints for the task so it shall be.
If you could play any venue in the world, which one would you choose and why?
The BEST internationally. Reason being? It’s my time.
One track of yours that you think defines you and why?
Actually there are two that come to mind. One is titled “AUTHENTIC,” chosen because it is self explanatory. As an organic Hip Hopper, my aim is to be an advocate for originality hence individualism. Something the culture of Hip Hop was built upon initially. The other tune is “(WE) HERE”…Because I am.
Lastly, can you believe it’s been over five long years since the untimely passing of one your mentors; the late great GURU — How did his passing have an overall effect on both your personal and professional life? How do you continue to celebrate his memory/legacy? And, as an integral member of the Gang Starr Foundation, alongside, of course, DJ Premier, Big Shug, Jeru the Damaja and Group Home, among others, do you still remain in touch with your friends/musical brethren? If so, is there any chance of a reunion, either on stage and/or wax?
Is there anything I left out, or just plain forgot to mention?
Currently everyone interested in my work can go to: BAHAMADIA.BANDCAMP.COM (and)
Any “closing” thought(s) for our readers?
Thank you to everyone for your time and consideration.
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