Culture

Bilal: Music Piracy is Wrong, M’Kay?

by Winston "Stone" Ford

Someone leaked Bilal’s album, and he has a special message to his fans on his MySpace page:

Unfortunately the new album has leaked.

Having this material floating around puts it in jeopardy of being shelved before it’s scheduled release. Music is my livelihood so I'm fighting to preserve as much of this project as possible.

If you have a copy this album, please refrain from file transferring it to your friends. Instead direct them here where they can get a sample of the new stuff without having to give it away completely.

Your discretion it greatly appreciated. ; )

That’s great and all, but I’m tired of artists blaming the fans when their album leaks. Bilal, why don’t you blame the studio employees, journalists, A&R reps, interns, weed carriers etc? Unless the masters were stolen, there was somebody in your camp that had to rip that CD. The fans are just doing what comes naturally to them. They get a hot CD and then they spread it. I don’t see anything wrong in that. I do think the new tracks are hot (his best work so far, to date) and I want the dude to make money, but blaming the fans isn’t going to help matters.

FYI: I posted Bilal’s Radiohead cover on the site a few months ago, and I’m still grappling with the response to it. Dude probably made thousands of new fans from one MP3.


  • theillestone

    When “album leaks” happen to artists like Bilal I have a lil sympathy because of his staure.

    But then again, on second thought, I realy don't. He will mostly likely,hopefully never be a commercial success(Justin Timberlake). All the Bilal fans, who actually purchase his albums, will still purchase his albums and support his shows.

    To get on my soap box for a minute; I think those commecials featuring artists such as Missy Elliot and Pharrel are wack!

    Missy was on MTV Cribs showing of her lambroghini that she turned into a bed. Then, on the next commercial break, she is pleading with us not burn and share her music; please! Pharrel runs around his videos with a black card(credit card with no limit) in his ear. He also pleads with us not to copy his music.

    When I see things like this, blatent outright contradictions, it really makes me wonder about the perception of some of our most popular artists. What world are they really living in cause there social perspective is unbelivably narrow at best, and at worst, criminally negligent cosndering their influence on culture in general.

    Oh yea, I got Bilal's album; for the free! And, I've had it for about 2 or 3 weeks now. I ain't even listend to it yet, none of my friends have asked me about it yet, and I don't expect them too canuse they don't listen to Bilal. My man should consider himself a “neo-soul folk singer” and just roll wit dat. I loved his first album it was just too far ahaed of the masses. Maybe this time out he will dilute his shit a lil bit and he can increase his sales, I mean if that's what he's tryna do…

  • http://ejflavors.com EJ

    Yeah, it's bad that it leaked like that, but trust me when I say it was remarkably easy for me to get.

    I like the album, and I'll put a track on the radio blog each week. That gives people the opportunity to check it out.