OP Swamp 81 - Langue De Rasoir (Razor Tongue)
Bilal Salaam - Peau Noire Masques Blancs (Black Skin White Masks) 
RBM012 double ep cd 2009

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Bilal Salaam

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Artist - Bilal Salaam | OP Swamp 81


Between his mother’s native Newark, New Jersey and his father’s New Bern, North Carolina…between the contrasting cultures of the middle east and westernized America…between the federal jurisdiction of Washington DC, and the fundamentally faulty Jim Crow of Maryland State…there is Bilal Salaam.

Named by his father after Islam’s first caller to prayer, Bilal Muhammad Salaam studied classical voice at The University of The Arts(Philadelphia) and journalism at Morgan State University(Baltimore). While attending Morgan and touring with the choir, he became enamored with the city’s developing open mic scene, where he met up with a collective called Urban Ave 31(W.Ellington Felton, Omar Retnu(The Els), Raheem DeVaughn). Their social sayings spoke synonymically with his soul, jolted him to join, and when one of UA31’s members decided to pursue a solo career, Bilal migrated to the DC metro area to volunteer his vocal assistance. Jaded with the oblique angles of the music industry, he vented on his solo(import only) release “Blah (Time Between Asleep and Awake)”, via “Modern Day Slavery”, “Noohustle”, and “Dope”.

Bilal’s aural intake, consisting of coarse, crackly, old soul chops via Wu-Tang, and Boot Camp, along with super-slick vocal progressions ala Lambert, Hendricks and Ross and Singers Unlimited, yields a sonic sforzando-filled baritone beyond his years, and a compositional conception that would make the coolest cats cock their heads left.

He brings along with him the inspiration of a host of burgeoning DC artists including Muhsinah, Nicholas Ryan Gant and Op Swamp 81(Slimkat78, Dre King, DaNedra, Bilal Salaam). He has recently digitally released a solo EP entitled “Langue De Rasoir (Razor Tongue)” and with the aforementioned Op Swamp 81, completed a project called “Peau Noire Masques Blancs (Black Skin White Masks)”.


OP Swamp 81 video for "Another Day"
produced by W. Ellington Felton

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