Music video by Bilal performing Soul Sista. (C) 2001 Interscope Records
Bilal Sayeed Oliver, better known by his stage name Bilal, is an American neo soul and jazz singer-songwriter and musician, who is also a member of the loose collective, the Soulquarians.
1st Born Second is the debut album of American neo soul musician Bilal, released July 17, 2001 on Interscope Records. Production for the album was handled primarily by Bilal and Aaron Comess. Bilal's mononymous stage name also serves as an acronym for "Beloved, Intelligent, Lustful and Livin' It". Bilal was trained in jazz and classical music before recording and joining the Soulquarians collective, which contributed in producing the album. 1st Born Second features an eclectic sound incorporates musical elements of jazz, hip hop, scat, reggae, and rock music. Upon its release, the album achieved moderate sales success and received general acclaim from most music critics.
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