Bilal in a boater

Bilal comes through with “West Side Girl” the second single from his forthcoming album A Love Surreal just about a month on from the video release for “Back To Love.” Judging from the title you might expect this wold be some ol’ “I feel pretty/I just met a girl named Maria” type stuff but, no. It is actually a funky synthesizer driven throwback to the early 80s that recalls the most jammable work of the extended Parliament-Funkadelic family–think “Frantic Moment” by Eddie Hazel, or maybe Bootsy’s “Working For My Baby” and you got the general vibe. As Bilal himself told Billboard:

“‘West Side Girl’ is a feel good, funky groove party jam created by me and my soul brothers, [producer] Shafiq Husayn and [co-writer] Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner.”

Only had the opportunity to listen to it obsessively 3 or 4 times but so far those listens bear out Bilal’s self-analysis and I can already tell that I’m gonna have the phrase:

“You ain’t gotta talk a lick / body talk a lotta sh*t…”

In my head more or less permanently. Stream below and cherchez la femme on the full album, now slated to drop on February 26th.



  • Retrobaby

    Oh yes!!! I”ve been waiting for this since the concert!!!

  • Wayne 73

    I love Bilal’s sound. Very good song.

  • Esperanzah

    jeeeej bilal. his voice makes me happy 😀


    This sounds like Prince, sorry buddy the talk singing thing has been done.

  • Whirob

    This beat was on a mixtape by an artist named aqeel a few years ago. Always thought it was funky.