Album of the Week: True to Self by Bryson Tiller


Bryson Tiller made himself known in 2015, when, hailing from the streets of Louisville, KY, the then-twenty-two-year-old singer, rapper, and songwriter posted his debut single “Don’t” on his Soundcloud page, introducing a new style that blends “the urgency of trap music with the smoother sound of alternative R&B.” Subsequently, Tiller released his first album, T R A P S O U L, via RCA.

Now, a month earlier than expected, Tiller has dropped his sophomore work, True to Self, a collection of nineteen tracks that give new shape to the concept of R&B ballad. Playing with up-tempos with the help of producers like T-Minus, Wondagurl, Allen Ritter, and Boi-1da, Tiller, for the second time around, has released an album with no featured artists but with a strong collection of classic R&B samples from the glorious ‘90s. In a recent Rolling Stone profile, Tiller said, “I feel like R&B is getting back to where it should be.”

Watch a video from the new album below!

Guia Cortassa was born, lives, and works in Milan, Italy. After working as a Contemporary Art curator, she went back to writing. She is a contributing editor for Ondarock and her writing has appeared on Rivista Studio, Flair and the Quietus. She compulsively tweets @gcmorvern. More from this author →