How much is Bilal worth?
|Net Worth:||$4 Million
|Date of Birth:||August 23, 1979|
|Country:||United States of America|
“I look back at the way I use to live and smile. Unlike then it’s the small things that make me happy nowadays. You know, things like working out, spending time with loved ones, being able to treat them to nice things once in a while. Living a lavish lifestyle doesn’t always bring you the joy you think it will — sometimes it’s the simple things that do that.” Bilal, to Black Enterprise magazine.
Who Is Bilal
Bilal Sayeed Oliver came up in Germantown, a neighborhood in northwest Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He grew up in a religiously mixed household: his father was a Muslim but his mother was a devout Christian. He regularly attended church with his mother, and through the church developed an interest in music and singing. That interest was further developed by his father, who took him to the city’s nightclubs to perform.
After attending high school at the Philadelphia High School for Creative Performing Arts in the mid-1990s, Bilal went on to enroll in New York’s New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, where he received vocal training and studied jazz and big-band arrangements.
Bilal Sayeed Oliver was Born Aug. 23, 1979 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was raised in Philadelphia, but now lives with his family in New York City.
While attending school in NYC, Bilal began to familiarize himself with the local music scene and was eventually discovered by Aaron Comess, the drummer with alternative rock band the Spin Doctors during an after-school jam session. It was with Aaron that Bilal recorded the demo that landed him a record deal with Interscope Records. His debut album, 1st Born Second, was released in July, 2001. The album featured production by the Soulquarians — a musical collective he became a part of after relocating to New York — as well as by J Dilla and Raphael Saadiq, among others. The neo-Soul album was met with critical acclaim and reached the top 10 of the Billboard R&B; albums chart, eventually selling about 320,000 copies. It also generated two moderately successful singles, “Soul Sista” and the Dr. Dre-produced “Fast Lane,” which reached No. 18 and No. 41 on the R&B; Songs chart.
After finishing his second album, Love For Sale, in 2006, Bilal presented it to his label, which refused to release it, saying it was unmarketable due to the songs having already leaked on the Internet. Eventually he and Interscope parted ways and Bilal took a hiatus from music. After some time off, he collaborated on songs periodically for special projects, recorded his own music and shopped around for a new record label to put out his music. In September 2010 — nine years after his debut album and four years after his second album was shelved — Bilal released his official sophomore album, titled Airtight’s Revenge, via the small Los Angeles-based indie label Plug Research. he released a follow-up album, A Love Surreal, in February 2013.
Bilal was a member of the music collective known as the Soulquarians in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Among the officials members of the rotating group of artists were singers Erykah Badu and D’Angelo and progressive rappers Common, Mos Def and Talib Kweli. During the collective’s heyday, Bilal collaborated with many of its members, particularly with the rapper Common; the two have appeared on about a dozen songs together, most of which appear on various albums by the hip-hop artist. Bilal has also appeared on songs with such progressive urban music artists as Musiq Soulchild, Solange, Raheem DeVaughn, Chrisette Michele, Kindred the Family Soul and many others.