1st Born Second
Studio album by Bilal Released
July 17, 2001 Genre
Neo soul, soul, R&B, funk Length
75: 55 Label
Bilal, Mike City, Aaron Comess, Dahoud Darien, Megahertz, Dr. Dre, Dre & Vidal, J Dilla, Andres Levin, Mel-Man, James Poyser, Questlove, Raphael Saadiq, Soulquarians Bilal chronology
is the 1st Born Second 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 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.  
The album attained moderate sales, but received acclaim from music critics upon its release.
Background [ edit ]
Bilal began to familiarize himself with the music scene in New York City, meeting big talents such as
Common, The Roots, and Erykah Badu. Eventually, he was discovered by Aaron Comess from the Spin Doctors during an after-school jam session. It was with him that Bilal recorded his demo that landed him a record deal with Interscope.
Reception [ edit ]
The album peaked at number 31 on the U.S.
chart, and it has sold 319,000 copies. Billboard 200  1st Born Second received universal acclaim from music critics; it holds a score of 82 out of 100 at Metacritic. The album earned rave reviews from publications, including  , The Village Voice , and Chicago Sun-Times , USA Today   and it also received comparisons to the music of  Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Sly & the Family Stone, Prince, and Curtis Mayfield.    Music writer  Mark Anthony Neal of PopMatters cited the album as "one of the most significant debuts in black pop during the past 25 years".  Vibe 's Tamika Andeson called it "one of the best R&B albums of the year".
Track listing [ edit ]
1. "Intro" Dubble, Richie Rich Bilal 1:47 2. "For You" Bilal Oliver Megahertz 3:47 3. " Fast Lane" Oliver, Damu Mtume, Fa Mtume, Michael Flowers Dr. Dre 4:37 4. "Reminisce" (feat. Mos Def & Common) Oliver, Dante Smith, James Yancey, Lonnie Lynn J Dilla 4:35 5. "All That I Am (Somethin' for the People)" Oliver, Dahoud Darien, Lynn Dahoud Darien 3:56 6. "Sally" Oliver, Ronald Shannon Jackson, Richard Serrell Dr. Dre 3:41 7. "Sometimes" Ahmir Khalib Thompson, Oliver, James Poyser James Poyser 7:12 8. " Love It" Mike City Mike City 3:48 9. "C'mere (Skit)" Andres Levin 2:12 10. " Soul Sista" Oliver, James Mtume Raphael Saadiq 5:21 11. "When Will You Call" Oliver Aaron Comess 4:47 12. "Queen of Sanity" Oliver Aaron Comess 5:21 13. "Love Poems" Oliver, Keisha Whatley Aaron Comess 5:25 14. "You Are" Marsha Ambrosius, Natalie Stewart Dre & Vidal 4:17 15. "Home" Oliver Bilal 5:23 16. "Slyde" Oliver, Darien Dahoud Darien 4:07 17. "Second Child" Oliver Bilal 6:49
Personnel [ edit ]
1st Born Second adapted from Allmusic.
Bilal – vocals, drums, clavier, producer
Dr. Dre – producer Greg Burns – assistant engineer, mixing
Larry Chatman – project coordinator
Mike City – multi instruments, producer
Aaron Comess – bass, drums, producer, engineer, mixing engineer
Tom Coster, Jr. – keyboards
Jim Danis – assistant engineer, mixing
Dahoud Darien – producer
Vidal Davis – producer, engineer
Russell Elevado – mixing Mike Elizondo – guitar, keyboards
Todd Farrell – assistant engineer
Drew FitzGerald – art direction
Serban Ghenea – guitar, mixing
Robert Glasper – keyboards, keyboard accordion James Hurt – string arrangements
Jay Dee – producer Gintas Janusonis - drums, percussion
Andres Levin – engineer, mixing
Steve Mandel – mixing
Artemio Villeda Martín – executive producer
Alan Mason – mixing
Sid McCoy – narrator
Mel-Man – keyboards, producer
Peter Mokran – mixing engineer Mike Moreno – guitar
Mos Def – rap Damu Mtume – executive producer
Neil Pogue – mixing engineer
James Poyser – organ, producer, Fender Rhodes
Raphael Saadiq – producer
Jon Smeltz – engineer
Soulquarians – producer Mike Starr – guitar
Kendal Stubbs – engineer
John Tyree – assistant engineer, mixing
References [ edit ]
^ Conaway, Matt.
Review: . 1st Born Second Allmusic. Retrieved on 2009-08-12.
"Review". . No. August/September 2001. p. 121. Blender
^ a b Columnist. "
Review: ". 1st Born Second : August 12, 2001. Archived from Chicago Sun-Times the original on 2009-08-12. (Transcription of original review at talk page)
^ Sinclair, Tom.
Review: . 1st Born Second . Retrieved on 2009-08-12. Entertainment Weekly
^ Nichols, Natalie.
Review: . 1st Born Second . Retrieved on 2009-08-12. Los Angeles Times
^ Odell, Michael. "
Review: ". 1st Born Second : July 25, 2001. Archived from NME the original on 2010-08-22.
"Review". . No. Summer 2001. p. 96. Q
^ DeCurtis, Anthony. "
Review: ". 1st Born Second : 64. August 2, 2001. Note: Rating Rolling Stone archived
^ Green, Tony. "
Review: ". 1st Born Second : 158. September 2001. Spin
^ a b Jones, Steve. "
Review: ". 1st Born Second : D.08. July 31, 2001. USA Today
^ Track listing and credits as per liner notes for
1st Born Second album
^ Needham, Alex.
Review: . 1st Born Second NME. Retrieved on 2009-08-12.
^ Columnist. "
Review: ". 1st Born Second : T.14. October 12, 2001. The Washington Post
^ Kot, Greg. "
Review: ". 1st Born Second : 23. September 28, 2001. Chicago Tribune
^ Farley, Christopher John.
Review: . 1st Born Second . Retrieved on 2009-08-12. Time
^ Phipps, Keith.
Review: . 1st Born Second . Retrieved on 2009-08-26. The A.V. Club Archived 2009-09-04.
"Bilal". Ontheroxentertainment.com . Retrieved . 29 March 2012
^ Herrera, Monica.
Bilal To Release Electro-Jazz Rock Album In 2010. . Retrieved on 2010-01-03. Billboard
^ a b
. 1st Born Second (2001): Reviews Metacritic. Retrieved on 2009-08-12. Archived 2009-08-16.
^ Cepeda, Raquel.
Review: 1st Born Second Archived 2012-10-17 at the Wayback Machine.. . Retrieved on 2009-08-12. The Village Voice
Review: . 1st Born Second . Retrieved on 2009-08-12. The Independent
Product Page: . 1st Born Second Muze. Retrieved on 2009-08-26.
^ Caramanica, Jon.
Review: . 1st Born Second . Retrieved on 2010-03-29. Blender
^ Neal, Mark Anthony.
Review: . 1st Born Second PopMatters. Retrieved on 2009-08-12.
^ Anderson, Tamika. "
Review: ". 1st Born Second : 242. September 2001. Vibe
1st Born Second - Bilal Billboard.com, August 18, 2001
Songs In A Minor, Billboard.com Alicia Keys
Credits: . Allmusic. Retrieved on 2010-03-28. 1st Born Second
External links [ edit ]