The Root spoke with Bilal about the difficulties balancing the demands of being a musician and a family life, especially considering his youngest son has Sickle Cell and his oldest son has Autism. “It’s life. Life is life. I draw from life to make art … nothing really kind of fazes [me] as far as my life is concerned,” the 31-year-old responded. “I kind of look at it like Einstein looked at it; there was no real title on what he did; he just did it. So I don’t think I’m one of those types of people that sacrifices my personal life for my artistic endeavors. I think everything in life is art; you just have to have an eye.” Read more.
R&B Live New York Presents a Special Performance by Bilal took place on Tuesday (August 7) at SpotLight Live in New York City. Check out pictures from WireImage.
Erick Sermon, Killah Priest, Bazaar Royale, and DJ Beverly Bond were on hand to see Bilal in concert on June 22nd at Joe’s Pub in New York City. Check out pictures from WireImage.
MBK presented R&B Live featuring Bilal and Jaguar Wright on Monday (October 6) at B.B Kings in New York City. Check out pictures from WireImage.
Philadelphia will host the NBA All-Star 2002 from Feb. 8th – 10th. As part of the weekends festivities will be the Philly All-Star Concert Series a 3-hour nonstop show in which Jill Scott, the Roots, Musiq Soulchild, Bilal, Kindred, Jaguar Wright & Aaries will all share the stage at the Electric Factory on Friday, Feb. 8th & Saturday, Feb. 9th. Guest DJ for both shows will be DJ Jazzy Jeff (Touch of Jazz Studios).
A.D. Amorosi of the Philadelphia Inquirer was on hand at Bilal’s show at the Theatre of Living Arts on Sunday and came away impressed with the Germantown native. Said Amorosi, “Even at its quietest, Bilal’s storm raged loudly, magnificently.” Check out the entire review at Philly.com.
The BBC spoke with Guru about his latest effort ‘Jazzmatazz’ which includes an unbelievable list of R&B talent to back the rapper, including Craig David, Bilal, Macy Gray, Isaac Hayes, and Angie Stone. Guru commented on the lineup saying, “I have the chance to do Bilal and Craig David. I like to have the up-and-coming as well as the old skool jazz guys. You’ve got two ends of the spectrum, bringing the generations together – that’s ‘Jazzmatazz’.”
Radio 1 talked with Bilal about his new album where he hooks up with Dr. Dre on the track ‘Fast Lane’. Bilal says, “I hooked up with Dre through a meeting he was having with the head of Interscope Records because Dre has his label Aftermath on Interscope. I guess they were talking about something that has to do with Aftermath and Dre, and he was talking about people he’d like to work with. And he asks “have you ever heard the kid that sings ‘Soul Sista’? I wonder what label he’s on?” Next thing I know I’m in the studio with Dre. It was cool, he definitely uses live instruments, live guitar, live bass, live keys, it was cool.” Audio at bbc.co.uk/radio1 has since been removed.
Musiq Soulchild has released his greatest hits release ‘Best Of Musiq Soulchild’ on May 1st via Island Def Jam. The 11 tracks feature songs from his debut album ‘Aijuswanaseing’ (‘Just Friends’, ‘Love’, ‘Girl Next Door’, ‘Mary Go Round’), sophomore album ‘Juslisen’ (‘Halfcrazy’, ‘Dontchange’, ‘Newness’, ‘Previouscats’) and the third album ‘Soulstar’ (‘Forthenight’, ‘Whoknows’, ‘Dontstop’).
‘Best Of Musiq Soulchild’ Track Listing:
1. Just Friends (Sunny)
2. Forthenight (feat. Aaries)
5. Girl Next Door (feat. Ayana)
7. Mary Go Round (feat. Osunlade)
11. Dontstop (feat. Bilal)
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