Everyone is talking about Louisville, Kentucky vocalist Bryson Tiller right now – even if he doesn’t know it. Once he got to a certain point of notoriety someone said something “crazy” about his daughter and he took that as his queue to hand over the logins to management. His debut T R A P S O U L is tape of the moment – the one you throw on to impress your friends, with the confidence that he’s about to blow up and make you look good. Like “What? You’ve never heard of Bryson Tiller?” Drake and Timbaland are both fans and his songs are being covered and remixed all over YouTube and Soundcloud. Yet the man himself remains completely level-headed and even underwhelmed when talking about it – “I heard it was pretty good man,” he tells us of the reception to his tape.
Despite its impressive cohesion, T R A P S O U L was actually compiled of music that he’s had lying around for the past few years. And while it counts as the first LP of his deal with RCA Records he doesn’t view it as his debut album. “I’ve never made an album before,” he admits. “But I plan on starting, so this next project will be what I think is my first album. I think a dope album has dope features.” T R A P S O U L was one of the few R&B releases of 2015 to be free of guest vocalists. It’s an achievement he’s pleased with, although he wasn’t sure at first. “It was really my team and management telling me they thought I could do it on my own,” he explains. “I did want a lot of features on there, but they said ‘Do it yourself the first time around and then next time we’ll do it with features.” It would no doubt be effortless to fill the tape with a bevy of big-name appearances when your call log looks like Tiller‘s, but the restraint from doing so has paid off, allowing listeners to get to know Bryson first.