CD BB Queen (CD 891089),
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1. Bb Queen's Intro
2. Special Forces
3. Commonwealth (Cheap Chicks)
4. One-4-Teen (Funky For You)
6. Beautiful Things
7. Pep Talk
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): SHO-CD-0017
Personnel includes: Bahamadia (vocals); Planet Asia, Rasco, Chops, Slum Village, Dwele, Q. McRae.
Producers include: DJ Drez, Chops, EQ, Ronald Estill, Dwele.
Engineers include: Matt Lavella, Todd Fairall, EQ.
Recorded at House Of Ill Repute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Sound Image, Van Nuys, California; Studio A, Dearborn, Michigan; House Of Hits, Detroit, Michigan.
BB QUEEN is Bahamadia's long-awaited follow-up to 1996's KOLLAGE. During her time off, the Philly MC kept very busy: she hosted a radio show "Bahamadia's B-Sides," whose title is a perfect metaphor for the MC's flip-side flavor, and she worked with everyone from the Roots to Roni Size.
On this outing, the influence of working with Roni Size on his breakthrough classic NEW FORMS is evident: the closing track, "Pep Talk," finds Bahamadia toasting a jazzy drum'n'bass track with her signature purred delivery. Other tracks don't quite measure up, although the single "Special Forces" will get lots of street cred due to the slew of cameos from underground hip-hop heavyweights (Planet Asia, Rosco, and DJ Revolution). So will "One-4-Teen (Funky For You)," an acid jazz styled cut (chimes, hand claps) featuring Slum Village on the mic.
Bahamadia's personality is as strong as ever. It shines through in her lyrics and in the extremely varied sounds she used to put BB QUEEN together. Although it's only an EP, BB QUEEN is one of the more varied hip-hop releases in recent history.
Rolling Stone (9/14/00, p.174) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...Her slithery rhyme flow and playful Macy Gray burr can inspire awe....hip-hop heads shouldn't wait to see why she's the queen bee of lyrical ingenuity..."
Spin (9/00, pp.181-2) - 6 out of 10 - "...A tasty tidbit....[She] wraps her sotto voce curlicues around a laundry list of societal ills...with taut, economic lines [that] could make an AP writer blush with envy..."
Entertainment Weekly (7/28/00, p.182) - "...A hip-hop rarity....This snare-tight EP is well-crafted, smart and ultra-danceable..." - Rating: B+
Alternative Press (11/00, p.98) - 4 out of 5 - "...One of the most diverse releases you'll hear all year..."
CMJ (7/31/00, p.23) - "...Modestly showcases her range of styles and flows....impressive..."
The Source (8/00, pp.230-1) - 3 mics out of 5 - "...Philly's high priestess of purism showcases her formidable writing skills....her return is a worthy one indeed."
Rap Pages (8-9/00, p.107) - "...[She] displays an energetic flow and expands the depths of Hip-Hop..." - Rating: A
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