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Bilal Sayeed Oliver, known to most simply as Bilal, was a young (19 years old), Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter flush with cash. He spent his money to help his mom, but he also spent a good deal on things like clothes and jewelry.

Fast-forward to today, and he’s a 33-year-old husband and father working with an independent Canadian label. According to Bilal, it affords creative freedom, but costs lots of money to choose this musical path.

In this latest article from Black Enterprise, Bilal talks about the more modest lifestyle he’s living, and the financial lessons he’s learned, related to both his personal and professional life.

Learn more about his career path, and what he’s up to these days on

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