An in-depth interview with Bilal [video]

Fifteen-plus minutes of goodness here. Filmed in late '09, Bilal talks about how he came about song writing, the "Love for Sale" album, infamy, life, death and what happens when you know yourself, and, by extension, your folk ("Man, I knew these cats would like it"). It puts me in a place of building with one of my high school homeboys -- reflecting on all the years that have passed now that we've all grown up. We're older, wiser and have likely seen some things. You know their general story, but details add color. I love how Bilal is mellow until he's not; pensive, yet present. And when he matter-of-factly mentions that bootlegging saved his life -- I believe him.