Bilal, the Philadelphia born, Grammy nominated artist who has collaborated and performed with the likes of Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Erykah Badu (he performed on her tour June 8th in Philly), and The Roots, is releasing his third studio album, Airtight's Revenge, on September 14th. Although classically trained and jazz-influenced, Bilal says this next album will be an eclectic mix of "jazz, hip-hop, soul, blues, and experimental free music." To tide us over before the release of his much anticipated album, here's a free MP3 download of his song, "Free." The song will not make an appearance on Airtight's Revenge, but it's the first time the fully mixed and mastered version of this song has been released for download. Check it out and see what you think.
Bilal - "Free" [MP3]
For Brooklynites who won't make it to Central Park, SummerStage isn't the only option for great outdoor shows this summer. New York's longest running free festival is coming back to Prospect Park this Wednesday, and we've put together a list of must-see shows for Celebrate Brooklyn! 2010. After the jump, check out videos of our top picks and get the full line-up.
The Levi's Pioneer Sessions kicked off with Nas covering his "personal favorite MC" Slick Rick's classic song, "Hey Young World," and you can get your copy here. The series has some exciting upcoming tracks from artists like The Shins, Raphael Saadiq, John Legend & The Roots, She & Him, Passion Pit, and more, so stay tuned! For now, check out this bonus footage of Nas laying down his track for Levi's.
Check out the brand new track from The Roots' upcoming album How I Got Over, dropping June 22nd on Def Jam. Stream and download "Dear God 2.0" below.