Bilal Breaks Down The Copious Similarities Between Working w/ Kendrick Lamar & Common
Bilal is a rare bread in 2015. He’s one of the few overseers of the neo-soul movement’s continued impact on the musical landscape, having began his journey as a core member of the late-90s/early-2000s push towards a more organic sound in r&b with the likes of D’Angelo, J Dilla, The Roots, Erykah Badu,
Mos Def Yasiin Bey and Common (the latter being one he recalls working with in particular depth) and continuing that sonic sojourn today with the likes of Adrian Younge and Kendrick Lamar at his back, or as this writer likes to call them: the little brothers of neo-soul. A recent interview with HipHopWired found the OKP favorite candidly gushing over his time in the studio with Kendrick, likening the focus of his process and the cohesiveness of his albums with Com, who shares those creative sentiments with hip-hop’s current golden child. Bilal, perhaps better than most, can reflect on these sessions with acute clarity, having been an integral piece of classic recordings for both artists and continues to cut impactful tracks with those that uphold those standards. Watch as Bilal discusses the copious similarities between Kendrick and Common in the interview below and grab a slice of his interstellar r&b by purchasing his latest record In Another Life on iTunes today.