1st Born Second

1st Born Second

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by Bilal
     
 

"I have no fear," exclaims 22-year-old Bilal (Beloved, Intelligent, Lustful, and Livin' It) on the improvisational-sounding church jam session "Sometime," from this breathtaking debut. And it's that fearlessness that sets the Philly-born, classically trained singer-songwriter apart from his neo-soul contemporaries. Prior to the disc's much-buzzed-about and… See more details below

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"I have no fear," exclaims 22-year-old Bilal (Beloved, Intelligent, Lustful, and Livin' It) on the improvisational-sounding church jam session "Sometime," from this breathtaking debut. And it's that fearlessness that sets the Philly-born, classically trained singer-songwriter apart from his neo-soul contemporaries. Prior to the disc's much-buzzed-about and long-delayed release, Bilal's cachet as a member of the progressive soul collective the Soulquarians -- which includes Erykah Badu, D'Angelo, and the Roots' drummer Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson -- landed him standout guest shots on Common's Like Water for Chocolate and Guru's Streetsoul. But on 1st Born Second, Bilal steps front-and-center with a daring charisma and a cocky, sexually charged approach that hasn't been heard since the Artist once again known as Prince started making sense. On the intoxicating, Raphael Saadiq-produced "Soul Sista" (originally from the Love & Basketball soundtrack) and the jazzy, James Poyser-produced "When Will You Call," the falsetto-prone Bilal matches the seductive, Princely presence of his Soulquarians soulmate D'Angelo. His obvious influences aside, however, Bilal is anything but derivative. Throughout the 17-song disc, he convincingly tackles subject matter both lighthearted (the breezy ode to lost love "Reminisce," featuring Mos Def and Common) and heavy-handed (the chilling black-on-black crime depiction "Second Child"), and his uninhibited vocals adapt as well to lazy hip-hop beats (the Dr. Dre-produced "Fast Lane") as they do to sunny, out-of-sync R&B grooves (the Mike City-produced "Love It"). On the disc's intro, the petite, dreadlocked singer humbly proclaims himself "a shining star here to break you off a bar," and he more than fulfills that prophecy. As Prince once mused, "This is not music, this is a trip."

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/31/2001
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0606949300920
catalogNumber:
493009
Rank:
32213

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Tracks

  1. Intro
  2. For You
  3. Fast Lane
  4. Reminisce featuring Mos Def and Common
  5. All That I Am  -  Bilal
  6. Sally
  7. Sometimes
  8. Love It
  9. C'mere (Skit)
  10. Soul Sista
  11. When Will You Call
  12. Queen of Sanity
  13. Love Poems
  14. You Are
  15. Home
  16. Slyde
  17. Second Child

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bilal   Primary Artist,Drums,Clavier
Sid McCoy   Narrator
James Poyser   Organ,fender rhodes
Mike Starr   Guitar
Serban Ghenea   Guitar
Aaron Comess   Bass,Drums
Tom Coster   Keyboards
Mike Elizondo   Guitar,Keyboards
Mos Def   Rap
Mike City   Multi Instruments
Mel-Man   Keyboards
Mike Moreno   Guitar
Robert Glasper   Keyboards,Keyboard Accordian

Technical Credits

Andres Levin   Engineer
James Poyser   Producer
Jon Smeltz   Engineer
Kendal Stubbs   Engineer
Aaron Comess   Producer,Engineer
Raphael Saadiq   Producer
Jay Dee   Producer
Mike City   Producer
Artemio Villeda Martín   Executive Producer
Dahoud Darien   Producer
James Hurt   String Arrangements
Damu Mtume   Executive Producer
Drew FitzGerald   Art Direction
Mel-Man   Producer
Vidal Davis   Producer,Engineer
Bilal   Producer
Soulquarians   Producer

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