Bryson Tiller's album is 'True to Self'
RnB/Hip Hop |
Friday 2nd June 2017 | Tom
Not many albums are released a month ahead of schedule but Bryson Tiller did exactly that when he dropped his second studio album, True to Self last week.
Fans haven’t heard much from Tiller since his first platinum album, TRAPSOUL, landed in 2015 and he has certainly used his latest project to show off his full repertoire of rap, vocals and ability to blend the two together.
The Louisville musician’s style reflects the sound of modern hip-hop. When you listen to Bryson Tiller you can hear the same smooth crossover between R&B and rap that has made J.Cole, Future and Drake so successful throughout their careers.
Tiller, who cites Drake as one of his major influences, has used Drake's ‘More Life’ model on the 19-track ‘True to Self’ to showcase his talent for both singing and rapping.
Whilst tracks like ‘Run Me Dry’ and single ‘Somethin’ Tells Me’ bear the scars of his relationships and open some emotional doors, he still comes through with bars on ‘Self-Made’ and ‘Money Problems / Benz Truck’ to tell us about how he revels in his own success and what he’s had to do to earn it.
Other tracks worth noting include ‘You Got It’, ‘Don’t Get Too High’ and ‘Before You Judge’, all of which deserve a place in your summer playlist.
Recruiting the likes of Bio-1da, T-Minus and NES to his production team definitely helped to set the album off, and creates some incredible sounding trap beats, whilst samples from the likes of Mary J Blige, Faith Evans and Tweet keep the album rooted in the r&b genre.
True to Self possesses all of the insight into Tiller’s life that TRAPSOUL had but delivers them over more upbeat production in never-ending waves of rapping and singing that fans would have hoped for.