Bilal on Sound Session

Posted in Artists, Interviews, Sound Session on August 9th, 2009 by Hyphen

A few months ago, J. Moore and I held a quick informal poll on Sound Session with our listeners – Of the most well respected ‘big 3’ R&B singers of the last 15 years, who is your favorite – Maxwell, D’Angelo, or Bilal?  Despite only releasing one official album, Bilal battled it out with D’Angelo for the top spot and they ended up tying the vote.

Personally, after hearing 1st Born Second in 2001, my entire vision of R&B was shaken to the core.  On that one record, Bilal displayed a soulfulness in his music, songwriting, and most noticeably, his voice that hasn’t been topped since.  Simply put, it’s a flawless album and marks one of the crowning achievements of the Soulquarian collective.

When Bilal came through the SNSS studio, we jumped at the chance to ask him all about that album, his Love For Sale follow up that was unfortunately shelved by Interscope (Industry Rule #4,080), and his upcoming project, Air Tight’s Revenge.  We also discussed his upbringing, his first big break as D’Angelo’s back up singer (and his prompt firing), behind the scenes stories from the Soulquarian days, his favorite J Dilla memory, and much more.  Check out the full interview below to catch up with the legendary Bilal Oliver.

Bilal on Sound Session
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If you’re a music lover and don’t own 1st Born Second, cop it immediately

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Been wondering what happened to D’Angelo?

Posted in Artists, News, Other Peoples' Interviews on July 25th, 2008 by Hyphen


Then click the picture above to read this excellent article from the August issue of Spin, written by David Peisner.  He discusses the possible explanations for D’s sabbatical (complete with great insight from some of the singer’s closest friends) and even extrapolates to cover the larger “left-of-center black music renaissance” the Soulquarians represented.  The piece also shines light on D’Angelo’s current work and leaves us hoping that we might actually hear something new sooner, rather than later.  In the meantime, break out Voodoo and give it a listen.  I read this article then played the album in the gym and it floored me.  Still one of my top 5 albums of all time.

Thanks to FWMJ for the heads up.

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