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DJ Mensa Presents “Bilal, A Best Of Mixtape”

The talented DJ Mensa, has put together a very thorough mixtape of Bilal’s music.  This collection was created for Bilal’s show at the Manifesto on September 21st.  We may have missed the show, but we can enjoy the quality mixtape. Enjoy.

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?uestlove Speaks…
Something To Hold On To
For You
Fast Lane
Bring 2
You’re All I Need (Just Like Heaven)
High & Dry (with Pete Kuzma)
Love It (LP & 9th Wonder Remix)
Reminisce (feat. Mos Def)
Remember (with J. Dilla)
Dontstop (with Musiq)
It’s Your World (with Common)
The 6th Sense (with Common)
Play Your Cards Right (with Common)
Certified (with Guru & J. Dilla)
Waiting For The DJ (with Talib Kweli)
I Can’t Wait (with Jaguar Wright)
Cheeba (with Shafiq Husayn)
Star *69 (with Common)
Sweet Sour You (with SA-RA)
ERYKAH BADU Speaks…
All That I Am (Something For The People)
Hands Of Time
Master Blaster (with Dresden Soul Symphony)
Restart
All Matter (LP Version)
All Matter (Robert Glasper Version)
PHONTE Speaks…
Sometimes
Best Friend (with Tweet)
All For Love
DWELE Speaks…
Soul Sista

Bilal Buildup Grows before “Airtight’s Revenge”

You can feel the excitement of Bilal’s pending release of “Airtight’s Revenge”. It will be unleashed upon waiting fans on September 14th.  To help pass the time you might want to check out our interview with the music icon. It was a very good interview that gave us a glimpse into his world and thought processes.  Next in the build of anticipation is our friends over at Quality Time Online, have put together a great mini compilation of some Bilal gems. Below is a snippet of their article.

A Tribute To Bilal’
Quality Time Online would like to put the spotlight on the soul artist, Bilal, by offering a compilation of his work – just prior to his latest album release. This free downloadable compilation consists of the new single release “Free” and a few live-recordings and remixes.

Tracklist:

01. Free (1st single of ‘Airtight’s Revenge)
02. Levels (Live @ CMJ, NY)
03. Cheeba ft. Shafiq Husayn (Remix)
04. Lord Don’t Let it (of ‘Love For Sale’)
05. All For Love (of ‘Love For Sale’)
06. Soul Sista (Madlib Remix)
07. Outro by Bilal

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Also Bilal was the featured artist with Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble’s rendition of Donny Hathaway’s “Someday We’ll All Be Free”.  Bilal adds a whole new aspect to this classic. As a bonus, you can download the single and watch the video.  Enjoy.

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Exclusive Bilal Interview

Well family, you heard right, we were blessed with the opportunity to get an exclusive interview with Bilal.  We were one of the few who were allowed to get a sneak peak into whats been up with the brotha and what he has in store with his latest release “Airtights Revenge.” I wont bore you with the shenanigans.  Lets get to the interview…

SOULFIED:

We know that many transitions have been made for you, eventhough you’ve consistently given your fans a genuine sound.  It is what we have come to expect of you.  What changes, if any, would you say took place between Love For Sale and Airtights Revenge

BILAL

This album is more electronic.  Its so much more.  The style of writing and everything was done much differently than previous albums.  From the ground up, the goal was to do landscaping with sounds, so I used a lot more sounds and effects than previous albums.  It is a real progressive album.

SOULIFIED

Tell us a little about Airtights Revenge, what is the meaning behind it and what brought it about?

BILAL

The meaning behind it… It basically started out fast.  Things were moving real fast, and then you know, my album ended up getting shelved.  I was off the label, then there was contracts and all this other bullsh*t.  The silverlining… then I started to see the sunlight come in.  Some people felt like the project I was working on was dark and some people weren’t understanding what I was doing – where I was coming from.  (slight laugh)  Then someone came up to me and told me that this album was the greatest soul record they ever heard in in their life.  I mean, when you get these types of statements, you know, its just.. (satisfying laugh).

So I started to tour and it was like I had an album come out!  The Revenge was what made me who I am today.  It made me stronger.  It made me better.  It made me more of a blues singer, which is what I had always wanted to be from the beginning.  But now I’m more of a blues singer than ever.  Its like some 5 Heartbeats type sh*t. (we both share a laugh).

If I could do it all over again, I wouldn’t change a thing.  I didn’t know any of this would happen, but it did, and everything happens for a reason.

SOULIFIED

So we heard, September 14th.  Is this official?  Is there any significance in the date?

BILAL

The album will definitely be released on the 14th.  Theres no siginificance in the date.

SOULIFIED

Robots is crazy!!!  I personally feel that it would make a great single…  Have you decided on which song will be the initial single?

BILAL

The single will be Restart.  We did a few videos, but the single will be Restart.  I don’t really do singles.   I don’t really get into putting out singles because to me the whole album is hot.  I just go with what feedback I get.

SOULIFIED

What you’ve done for yourself up until now has worked.  Do you plan on going more mainstream?  What direction will your career go?

BILAL

Man I just want to make good music.    I just make music.  I do what I love, which is making music.  I’m not into formulas or anything, just making good music.  If it goes more mainstream then so be it, but I’m gonna keep doing what I love to do.

SOULIFIED

From the feedback I’ve gotten, people want to see more of you.  Where can fans see you performing, or hear you these days?  Do you have a blog or youtube channel?

BILAL

Twitter:  @bilal_oliver

That is the best avenue because I load my videos on there and talk about upcoming shows and things like that.

SOULIFIED

I dont want to get too personal, but the ladies want to know… Is there a Soul Sista on the scene?

BILAL

(brief silence) Hello! – the phone started breaking up – He chimes back in “I’m not doing this on purpose!” (brief laugh)  I do have someone special in my life. (You’re referring to music right…?) (another laugh) Actually, I am in a relationship. ….yeah.  I’m in a relationship right now.   I’m married. (aite aite! I’m not gonna get too much deeper into that. ) (more laughs)

End of Interview


We had to disconnect after that question, so we closed up.  There is so much more I wanted to ask him, as it relates to the details about production and the rest of the Soulquarians.  I also wanted to include questions from some of his fans on our Soulfied twitter page but there just wasn’t enough time.  I’m sure this does wet your appetite though.  This album is looking very promising.

All in all, the brotha seemed very motivated and extremely excited about Airtights Revenge.  I listed below, a few treats that are sure to keep you excited about this one.  Send Bilal a tweet or something to let him know that we appreciate the exlusive interview at soulified.com.  Again, his twitter page is bilal_oliver

Yours truly, still working hard to Keep it alive… Issa

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Looking for Bilal (“Airtights Revenge” Album preview)

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Bilal has been one not to follow behind others. And based on his new album cover, Airtights Revenge, we might get some of the old Bilal. Granted the Malcolm X pose has been done before. But Bilal throws his own twist with a microphone instead of a weapon. So far “Free” has leaked from the album.

It has been some time since he last released a project. In 2001 he released his debut “Love for Sale”. But his second project “Love for Sale” was supposed to be released in 2006 and has found it’s way in the bootleg world.

September 14th is the release date. Let’s pray that this date is not pushed back.

Listen to Free (full Version) below.

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Listen to snippets of “Airtights Revenge”, thanks to Blindi.

Bilal – Airtight’s Revenge (Snippets) by VerseCity

A Soul Fan’s Mixtape Heaven

Melanie Fiona

Website/MySpace/FaceBook/Twitter

Ok, I’ve never heard of Melanie Fiona, but what I have head so far, I do like.  She has her debut album “The Bridge“, that’s being released September 22nd.  To satisfy your hunger, she has released a live session of her and the Quest Love.

The Bridge

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Bilal

MySpace

When you mention Bilal, the next thing you hear is “Where is he?”  Well… he has released a mixtape titled “The Return Of Mister Wonderful”.  I haven’t had a chance to listen to this mixtape yet, but I hope it’s a new trend of him making more material. Unlike most mixtapes, it’s not free.  This mixtape contains unreleased Bilal music, so it is sure to be a treat for a fan. It’s $15.00 through the link below at a 3rd party site.

The Return Of Mister Wonderful

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Amerie

Website/MySpace/YouTube

Our final mixtape for the day is from Amerie.  This mixtape is a gathering of some of her best hits, from the past, with a couple of new songs.  It’s a prelude to her new album “In Love & War” thats to be released September 29th.  If you want to check our her past three albums, they are “All I Have” (2002), “Touch” (2005), and “Because I Love It” (2007).  Now for this mixtape, there isn’t any album cover or art.  You can download it below.

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