Bilal joined The Roots onstage yesterday at Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to perform the Steely Dan classic “Black Cow” at the top of the show. Bilal’s performances with The Roots remain a homecoming of sorts, as the Philly natives team relatively often in the interest of shutting down a live performance or two. In this particular instance, Bilal flexes his proficiency for scatting toward the end of the performance. His voice darts around the ceiling of his bright tenor falsetto with ease as The Roots maintain a baseline of cooled out funk that only serves to accentuate the jam. The performance is also highlighted by a dope keyboard solo. Check the footage below. Purchase Bilal’s latest LP A Love Surreal via iTunes.


  • cmaj71


  • #salute da roots..the group is awesome..and bilal is one and original

  • Steely Dan may very well be one of the most difficult catalogues to cover. And to deliver this type of performance so effortlessly speaks to both the musical ambition and curiosity of Bilal as well as his musical prowess, which seems to have no limit.

  • Angrycrow

    Another life changer… But where did the video go?