Bilal has touched tracks for everyone from Ghostface Killah to Erykah Badu over his 13-year career. His work with Common on songs like "The 6th Sense" and "It's Your World" established him as a key complement to many of rap's elite, and he'd go on to providing vocals for Jay-Z, Clipse, and others.
The singer-songwriter has also released a heap of noteworthy solo material. First came his debut, 1st Born Second, in 2001. He followed up with 2006's Love for Sale and 2010's Airtight's Revenge. Today, the 33-year old drops his latest project, A Love Surreal, featuring the single "Back to Love." It's a jazzy, up-beat throwback to a snappier age of vocals and instrumentation.
It's no wonder, then, that many of Bilal's most cherished albums are decades old and from a wide array genres. Bilal spoke to Complex about his all time favorites—with influences from the range of Miles Davis to the storytelling of Steely Dan. These are Bilal's 25 Favorite Albums.