by Danny Bracco
After his debut album TRAPSOUL peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard album charts in 2015, Bryson Tiller has become close to a household name. Out of Louisville, KY, Bryson Tiller is a 24-year-old artist who blends a soft R&B sound with a hard-hitting rap style. Tiller’s unique sound is one of the reasons why he has gained so much recent attention, building the hype for his sophomore album, True to Self, which dropped last Friday, one month earlier than expected.
True to Self debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week, giving Tiller his first No. 1 debut on only his second studio album. And it’s worth that top ranking.
Tiller puts his versatility as an artist on display on songs like “Don’t Get Too High” and “Blowing Smoke,” casually shifting from his hard-hitting style of delivering bars to a softer, melodic rhythm.
As the album progresses, the song “Self-Made” stands out as one of Tiller’s best songs to date, once again displaying his unique flow over a more “trap-like” instrumental. Tiller’s lyrics on the song make it clear to the listeners that he is self-made and all of the people who take credit for his come-up should be ignored.
Following “Self-Made,” Tiller instantly switches to his upbeat, yet softer style of music. The tempo of the song has a dance-hall feel, yet the softer vocals give the song an R&B vibe. Once again, Tiller brings up how other people are using him for his fame and money and taking advantage of him.
The song “Somethin Tells Me,” a song Tiller dropped as a single before the album drop, is a perfect song for fans of Tiller’s softer side, as he serenely tells his “girl” that they aren’t going to last and that it’s time for him to move on.
Over the course of the album, Tiller constantly brings up his past relationships, his money and his rise to fame. He is definitely not afraid to brag about his accomplishments and the hard work he put in to get to the position he’s in today. True to Self shows that Tiller has the right to brag.