Tiller in 2016
|Born||Bryson Djuan Tiller
January 2, 1993
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
Bryson Djuan Tiller (born January 2, 1993), is an American singer, songwriter and rapper. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, he started his career in 2011, releasing the debut mixtape titled Killer Instinct Vol.1. Tiller initially gained notable recognition following the release of his debut single, "Don't", which peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100, also being remixed by numerous other artists. Tiller's debut studio album, Trapsoul, was released in October 2015 and peaked at number eight on the Billboard 200 chart. In May 2017, Tiller released his second studio album, True to Self, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.
In March 2016, Tiller received key to the city by Louisville's Mayor Greg Fischer. In the same year, he won two BET Awards for Best New Artist and Best Male R&B/Pop Artist. Tiller describes his music as "trap and hip hop-influenced R&B".
Tiller was born on January 2, 1993, in Louisville, Kentucky. When he was four years old, his mother died, and he was subsequently raised by his grandmother. He has four brothers. He attended Iroquois High School, where Tiller started singing and rapping at age 15, after which he was also singing for the girls in school. After he left school, he went to work at Papa John's Pizza and UPS.
Tiller started his musical career in 2011, releasing the debut mixtape Killer Instinct Vol.1, which included 21 songs. While talking about the mixtape in an interview, he said; "If they wanted to hear the growth in my music then I think my first mixtape would definitely show them how far I've come".
In 2015, Tiller started receiving some internet attention from music industry insiders with his breakout single "Don't", which he initially released on his SoundCloud page. It was officially released on iTunes in May 2015 and became the lead single of his debut studio album. "Don't" peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It has been remixed by artists like K Camp, Mila J, Sevyn Streeter, DRAM and WSTRN. These early co-signs from record producer Timbaland and Canadian rapper Drake led to major-label attention for Tiller, with him eventually choosing to sign a creative partnership with RCA Records, which was announced on August 25, 2015. Tiller was offered a chance to sign with Drake's OVO Sound record label, but declined the offer. In September 2015, Rolling Stone included Tiller in their list of "10 New Artists You Need to Know".
On October 2, 2015, Tiller released his debut studio album, Trapsoul, which debuted at number 11 on the US Billboard 200 and later reached number 8. The album's second single, "Exchange", peaked at number 26 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Tiller's second top 40 hit. "Sorry Not Sorry", which was released as the third single from Trapsoul, peaked at number 67 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album was included on a number of 2015 year-end lists, such as Complex's The Best Albums of 2015, The Roots 10 Favorite Albums of 2015, and PopSugar's The 24 Best Albums of 2015.
On March 12, 2016, Louisville's Mayor Greg Fischer gave Tiller the key to the city and named March 12 as "Bryson Tiller's day". In May 2016, Tiller made his US television debut, performing "Exchange" on the Late Night with Seth Meyers show. On June 26, 2016, he performed at the BET Awards, where he also received the awards for Best New Artist and Best Male R&B/Pop Artist. In July 2016, DJ Khaled released his ninth studio album, Major Key, which includes the song "Ima Be Alright" featuring Tiller and rapper Future. In September 2016, Tiller was also appeared on the track "First Take" by rapper Travis Scott, from Scott's second studio album, Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight.
In January 2017, he was included on Forbes magazine's "30 Under 30", a list showcasing entrepreneurs, entertainers and celebrities who have made a name for themselves before reaching the age of 30. In the same month Tiller announced that his second album will be titled True to Self. On April 12, 2017, Tiller tweeted that work on his second album, True to Self, had been wrapped up. On May 11, 2017, Tiller revealed the album artwork, and that True to Self would be released on June 23, 2017. He also released three new songs, titled "Honey", "Somethin Tells Me" and "Get Mine", the latter features rapper Young Thug. On May 26, he released True to Self a month early before the intended release. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, earning 107,000 album-equivalent units, of which 47,000 were pure album sales. It became Tiller's first number one album in the country.
In June 2017, DJ Khaled released "Wild Thoughts" featuring Tiller and Barbadian singer Rihanna, which is the fourth single from his tenth studio album, Grateful. The single has so far peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as reaching number one in the UK Singles Chart.
Tiller has cited American singer Omarion as his biggest influence, saying that the singer and his debut album, O, inspired him to start singing. His other influences include R. Kelly, The-Dream, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown and Drake. In addition to that Tiller listed Jazmine Sullivan, Usher, Rihanna, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, The Notorious B.I.G. and Mary J. Blige as impactful to his musical socialization. Critics have compared Tiller's style to Jeremih, Drake, PartyNextDoor and Tory Lanez. Tiller says that his music is "just trap and hip hop-influenced R&B, the perfect marriage between hip hop and R&B." Tiller also raps saying "there are some things I can say rapping that I can't say singing".
Tiller has a daughter named Harley Tiller who is frequently posted on his Instagram. In an interview with Boombox in 2015, Tiller talks about how before the fame, he struggled and slept in his car. Tiller refuses to do video interviews saying that he will "probably never" do an on-camera interview. Tiller also recently gave back to his community by partnering with Nike to provide a new Wyandotte park for children and teens.