Bilal’s video, “Pleasure Toy” brings an African fashion forward look to an electro-funk hip-hop groove. Featuring Big K.R.I.T., “Pleasure Toy” is a sex track that gives remnants of Marvin Gaye, the Isley Brothers, Cameo; and, of course, Bilal’s falsetto and erotic voice manipulation reminds listeners that the legacy of Prince still lives on.
The visual, directed by Hans Elder, features Bilal, and models, Mari Malek and Diandra Forrest, adorned in Masai beading, Indigenous/Afropunk stylings, crowns, and more. The simple video takes place in front of a comic sky, mudcloth patterns, and moving mandalas: Hindi and Buddhist geometric symbols that represent a microcosm of the Universe.
Give thanks for the Internet, which gives access to more music and content from artists that are not so easily accessible on the mainstream scene. Bilal has been releasing music professionally and independently since 1999. His most recent album, In Another Life was released in the summer of 2015. The compilation gives a sensual, yet modern twist to the jazz sound and features artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Kimbra, and Ali Shaheed Muhammad. Bilal has always been great at incorporating traditional African and African American motifs, flavors, and styling into his abstract and exploratory creations. Enjoy the video and let us know what you think.