Still waiting on Drake’s new album to release? Fans can fill the void with up and coming R&B artist Bryson Tiller who will be performing at Livewire on February 1. Tiller, who emerged on the SoundCloud scene, quickly garnered attention for his affiliation with Drake and OVO Sound (Drake’s record label). While there was speculation that Tiller would sign with OVO, he ultimately signed with RCA where he released his debut album Trapsoul. The suave Louisville singer-songwriter has so far welcomed 2016 with success. Trapsoul has ranked in the top 40 of the Billboard 200 every week since its October release. For the chart week of January 23 the album has reached No. 9 on the Billboard 200 and No. 2 on the Billboard R&B Albums chart. Both positions are the highest for it on each chart.
While he may not be signed with OVO Sound, his sound still echoes that of Drizzy, sonically, lyrically and thematically. The New York Times even stated that Trapsoul “is perhaps the first truly post-Drake R&B album,” and that Tiller’s approach to the genre is “by holding up a mirror to Drake and using his tricks in reverse.” Not a bad idea, seeing the kind of year Drake’s experienced. The lead single off Trapsoul, “Don’t,” even takes cues from Drake. The song features a sample from Destiny’s Child “Say My Name,” something also seen in Drake’s 2013 single “Girls Love Beyoncé” that samples the same song. “Don’t,” like Trapsoul, has been comfortable on the Billboard charts, peaking at No. 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week of January 23. Listen to the song below.
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