By NICOLE LOSEK, A&E Editor
God Tiller, God Tiller still alive, dawg. After a two-year break, Bryson Tiller dropped back into things with his sophomore album, True to Self, this summer.
In May of 2015, Tiller’s single “Don’t” gained him major attention, making it the lead single of his debut album T R A P S O U L. The album, dropping later in October, debuted at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and later reached number 8. The album also found itself on year-end lists such as Complex’s The Best Albums of 2015.
Tiller was included in the ‘10 New Artists You Need to Know: September 2015’ from Rolling Stone and explains his view of himself and his sound.
“I was listening to a lot of Omarion and I just mimicked him singing. I also mimicked Michael Jackson a lot,” he told Rolling Stone. “Maybe I was just born with a little bit of vocals or natural talent, but I feel like I taught myself. I just started taking vocal lessons to just work on my breathing, my vowels and stuff. I’ve been working with Nick Cooper, and that’s been helping a lot,” says Tiller, referring to the vocal coach who has appeared on American Idol and worked with Nicki Minaj and others.
“I’m trying to get better at singing. I just want to be great vocally on stage so I can give fans a real show, like Jazmine Sullivan does.”
Although Bryson Tiller went mainstream in 2015, his career started back in 2011 with the release of his first mixtape, Killer Instincts Vol. 1. The Louisville, Kentucky native dropped this 21 songed project when he was 17 years old, which marked the start of his career.
The hip-hop/R&B artist is now 25 and had successful year in 2017 after his two-year break. His sophomore album, True to Self, dropped in May, a month earlier than it’s intended release date. The album quickly hit number one on the Billboard 200, making it Tiller’s first number one album in the country.
As a big Bryson Tiller fan, I anxiously awaited for this project and was not disappointed. Personal favorites of mine are “We Both Know”, “Run Me Dry” and “Self-Made” but the entire album itself is solid. It was one of my favorite albums of 2017.
Summer ‘17 was a successful one for Tiller. On top of the success of True to Self, he is featured with Rihanna on DJ Khaled’s track “Wild Thoughts” that dropped as a single for Khaled’s newest album. The single, peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and went 3x platinum in the U.S.
In addition to his music, Bryson Tiller is a father to Harley Tiller, who is often the subject of his Instagram and Twitter pictures. She is adorable as ever. And don’t let the hip-hop artist look fool you, Tiller is not one to shy away from video games and cartoons as he will post about them proudly.
If you have not heard of Bryson Tiller and you vibe with chill hip-hop/r&b music, I strongly recommend checking out his work. Start with T R A P S O U L and then hit True to Self. Killer Instincts Vol. 1 is a completely different sound from his two albums, but as a Tiller fan, I still enjoyed it.