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Soul crooner Bilal put his fingerprints on Kendrick Lamar’s latest, To Pimp A Butterfly. The Compton rapper isn’t the first socially conscious MC he’s collaborated with; so we asked him to compare working with K. Dot to teaming with Common. 

The Philadelphia native can be heard on Kendrick’s “Institutionalized” and “These Walls” and has classic cuts with Common like “The 6th Sense” and “Faithful.”

The two aforementioned MCs have different approaches in the studio, but they do have an essential commonality, no pun intended.

“The goal and the focus is the same,” Bilal tells Hip-Hop Wired. “We’re doing music for our people. And we’re trying to make a statement with this platform that we have been given.”

Judging from their music, we can tell. Bilal’s new album, In Another Life, is out now.

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