Bilal Oliver (1 of 2) • I photographed @bilal in my old studio on Jefferson Blvd in Culver City. The first time I saw him perform was back in ’99 in Central Park, NYC, with Common and DJ Premier. Common was promoting the album “Like Water For Chocolate” and Bilal sang on the J Dilla produced track “Funky For You.” He was great to work with. After our studio session, we hiked to the top of the Baldwin Hills and photographed on location as the sun set over Los Angeles. After years of documenting Philly music for The Philadelphia City Paper, it was inspiring to work with a Philly artist in LA.