In this time of quarantine, the term I like to call “content artists” began to surge over these last several months. It was a duality between the artists that continually put out new content on a regular basis and the artists that haven’t. The latter group belongs to the artists that like to have their listeners digest their body of work over a period of time before moving on to the next. These artists either spend the time touring, collabing with other artists on their projects or just take a step away from the spotlight.
Here, enters Bryson Tiller. The Louisville artist entered the spotlight back in 2015 with his debut single, “Don’t”. Tiller is known for being able to blend hip hop and R&B in order to make some unforgettable songs in the last five years. He also has collaborated with some big names of today such as Wale, Gucci Mane and Rihanna for their popular hit, Wild Thoughts. This month, Bryson Tiller returned after a 3 year hiatus with his third studio album, A N N I V E R S A R Y.
As he states in its opening track, “Years Go By”, Bryson has been through a lot in these last few years in between this latest effort and his last album, True To Self. With changes happening both in his personal life and career, many wondered how that would translate in his music. In just ten songs, Tiller reintroduces to his sound we grew to love when he first came out with his debut album, Trapsoul, which released 5 years ago on the same day of release as his new album. He has only feature on the project with Drake on the fan favorite, “Outta Time”.
R&B junkies both old and new to Bryson Tiller can rejoice listening to his new album. His ability to discuss various topics from struggles, relationship issues, family and fame in captivating ways has helped make a name for the 27 year old. So like his song says he closes out the album, “Keep Doing What You’re Doing”.
Reggie Johnson is a poet reigning from Cincinnati, Ohio. Starting at the age of nine, Reggie has been writing poetry through their love of music and life experiences. He has 9 books now available on Amazon. You can follow him on Twitter @r_d_johnson and on IG @rdjohnsonwrites.