It’s a sad comment on the state of the record industry that it has taken nearly 10 years for one of the greatest voices of our generation to release his second album.
After releasing his critically acclaimed debut LP 1st Born Second in 2001, the release of Bilal’s second LP Love For Sale was delayed by his label Interscope who claimed the album lacked commercial potential. In 2006 Love For Sale was leaked to the internet and Interscope decided to permanently shelve the project, a real shame as the album contained Bilal’s finest work, check out this sample:
Fortunately Bilal has teamed up with the L.A. based independent label Plug Research, home to forward think artists like Flying Lotus and Daedelus. Hopefully this partnership will allow Bilal to fully pursue his vision unencumbered by the record company bullshit that has plagued his career. Listen to the mp3 previews below, and please purchase Airtight’s Revenge when it drops on September 14th – buy here.
Bilal – Dollar:
1. Cake & Eat It Too – Produced by Bilal Oliver & Steve Mckie
2. Restart – Produced by Bilal Oliver & Steve Mckie
3. All Matter – Produced by Bilal Oliver & Steve Mckie
4. Flying – Produced by Bilal Oliver & Nottz
5. Levels – Produced by Bilal Oliver & Shafiq Husayn
6. Little One – Produced by Conley “Tone” Whitfield
7. Move On – Produced by Bilal Oliver & Steve Mckie
8. Robots – Produced by Bilal Oliver
9. The Dollar – Produced by Bilal Oliver & Steve Mckie
10. Who Are You – Produced by Bilal Oliver & Steve Mckie
11. Think It Over – Produced by 88 Keys