22. Bahamadia f/ K-Swift & Mecca Star “3 The Hard Way” (1996)

Album: Kollage

Label: Chrysalis/EMI

Producer: DJ Premier

Peter Rosenberg: “This easily could have been ‘Uknowhowwedu.’ Some would argue that it should be ‘Uknowhowwedu.’ I think ‘3 The Hard Way’ is just a really mean Preemo track, which is a common thread amongst several songs on this list, as it would be for all lists of favorite songs [of mine] over the last twenty years. I never knew much about Bahamadia other than that she was from Philly and she was really nice. She had a really different voice that was really low, and she would sometimes go into that whispery style, and sometimes go a little bit harder, which was the case on ‘3 The Hard Way.’”