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Bryson Tiller’s “Anniversary” Album: 5 Things We Want

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Bryson Tiller’s new album arrives on Friday, celebrating the five-year anniversary since the release of “TRAPSOUL.”

After a year-long hiatus from music, Bryson Tiller is stepping back on the scene with the upcoming release of his highly-anticipated third studio album, Anniversary. The 27-year-old singer’s 2015 breakthrough album, TRAPSOUL, has aged like fine wine, with Tiller even dropping a Deluxe version of the lauded album last Friday— exactly one week before the release ofAnniversary. The deluxe consisted of three additional songs, including a “Rambo (Last Blood)” remix ft. The Weeknd, “Self Righteous” and “Just Another Interlude.”

Some fans may have been disappointed to see the deluxe only contained three new tracks (and an outro in which Tiller thanked his fans for their support), but it would seem this announcement has muddled that feeling. The hopes for the Louisville crooner’s upcoming album remain high. Anniversary will be released on the five-year anniversary of TRAPSOUL, a seeming hint that the project will measure up to or even exceed the majesty of his first album. If all goes well, perhaps Anniversary will transcend TRAPSOUL as Tiller’s career-defining body of work.

Emerging from the shadows, Tiller has supplemented the month of September with back-to-back releases, starting with the single, “Inhale,” followed by “Always Forever” on the 21st, prior to the TRAPSOUL deluxe. Both tracks feature many of the nostalgic elements that made TRAPSOUL so successful, including Tiller’s signature sultry lyrics layered seamlessly over a bass-driven beat.

The singles were met with significantly better receptions than Tiller’s 2017 sophomore album, True To Self, to which the public reaction can be described as overwhelmingly lukewarm. Anniversary has the potential to pick up right where TRAPSOUL left off, and while we wait for Friday,  here are five things we have our fingers crossed will come to fruition with this album.

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Raw Emotion

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Despite the fact the R&B as a genre leans heavily on artists expounding the nitty-gritty details of their personal lives, Tiller often barely skims the surface of his inner feelings when touching on his lived experiences. Tiller details past relationships, hardships, and even heartbreak— all while remaining inertly anchored in the shallow end of his emotions. There’s a striking dissonance in delving into some of life’s heaviest events without ever excavating the deep-seated emotions these incidents inevitably derive. A strong case can be made for the fact that Tiller’s music often lacks the candid honesty that would arguably complement his soulful style and 808s perfectly.

Even in songs like “Let Em Know” in which Tiller (otherwise known by his moniker, Pen Griffey) professes he’s willing to fight for the woman he wants, he doesn’t actually reveal much in terms of his feelings for her or what it is about their relationship that makes it so worth fighting for. “Exchange,” Tiller’s second 2015 hit single, was reminiscent of Drake’s “Take Care” in many ways, with Tiller being all up in his feelings over a girl with whom things didn’t work out— however, he reveals next to nothing about their actual relationship. Despite the song being catchy and certifiably replay-worthy, the actual lyrical content makes for a great elusive Instagram caption. It seems as though Tiller’s lack of emotional depth in his music has become something of a glass ceiling for the singer, in some ways preventing him from reaching the next level as an artist.


An Evolved Narrative

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Tiller’s come-up story is one of resilience, faith, and strength. Having had his first daughter, Harley, when he was only 17 years old, Tiller put his musical aspirations on pause to provide for her, working multiple jobs and even having to live out of his car for a period. However, despite the immense strides his career has made since then, his lyrical narrative has not made the same headway. Tiller tends to lean heavily on his come-up story, which, seeing as he isn’t one for expressing ample emotion, only so much can be said about. Unless Tiller was to take a different approach and place his most profound feelings front-and-center, this narrative is one that should be put to rest. Tiller’s life has changed vastly since he first emerged in 2015— he began dating his girlfriend, Kendra Bailey, in 2018, and the two even welcomed a daughter last December. It seems only fitting that Tiller’s narrative should progress accordingly as he enters each new phase of his life.


Increased Diversity In Sound

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One of the reasons True To Self fell so unexpectedly flat was the fact that in terms of Tiller’s vocals and lyrics, the album was little more than an unvarying echo of TRAPSOUL. Granted, it makes sense Tiller would have wanted to capitalize off of the elements that made TRAPSOUL so popular, however, the predictability of the album gave listeners the impression that the singer’s creativity had hit a wall. Tiller could stand to dabble outside of his comfort zone without necessarily having to sacrifice his authenticity. The singer has worked with producers by the likes of Timbaland and Prince Chrishan, as well as lesser-known engineers MixedByIcon and Andre Caram. We’re just hoping that this time around, he pushes himself to explore new sounds on the production side, and perhaps even try out a new cadence or two, if only just to see what happens.


A couple of rap verses

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Being able to sing and rap equally well is a talent not everybody can claim, but Tiller walks that line extremely well. Having demonstrated his talent for rapping on songs like “Self-Made” and “Don’t Get Too High,” each time Tiller decides to roll out a bar happens there is a certain air of excitement. On “Don’t Get Too High,” Tiller smoothly switches between rapping and singing while professing his desire to a woman. Incorporating rap into a song or two on this album would be an exciting experience for the listener, as its rarity makes it a welcome novelty.


Collaborations

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Tiller’s TRAPSOUL deluxe “Rambo” remix with The Weeknd teased the greatness that any Tiller collaboration might have to offer. Despite the fact that he is often a guest artist on other musicians’ songs (“Wild Thoughts”, “Playing Games”), Tiller is rarely one to feature other artists on his own songs. Nonetheless, we are hoping that on Anniversary, Tiller pops up with another artist or two– and we’re pretty flexible/easy-going as to who it could be, really any r’n’b or hip-hop artist could make for an exciting collab. Plus, this idea would lend itself to an increased diversity in his sound, or at least the possible exploration of a new sound, a borrowed or collaborated on sound. Regardless of who it is, we are hoping the album will reveal the growth Tiller has endured, both musically and personally, since TRAPSOUL. 

Are you excited for Bryson Tiller‘s new album? Let us know in the comments what you’d like to see on the album.

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Big Sean Details Limited Edition Budweiser Cans

With “Detroit 2” still going strong, Big Sean took to Instagram to reveal further details on his limited-edition partnership with Budweiser.

Post Malone has established his position as the Bud Light Baron, but it would appear a new challenger has entered the hall. Big Sean, fresh off the release of his new album Detroit 2recently took to Instagram to speak on his newfound partnership with Budweiser.

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As revealed a while back, Sean Don’s face appears to be gracing a set of limited edition Budweiser cans, available exclusively in Detroit. Aside from featuring Sean’s likeness and the title of his latest album, the cans also feature several words of wisdom in keeping with Detroit 2’s main themes: “You’re the chosen one, show the world they made the right choice.”

Though it’s uncertain as to whether Budweiser intends on expanding the partnership further, Sean has teased a possible giveaway that will presumably allow residents of other cities and states to get a hold of some. Speaking on the partnership with Detroit News, Sean explained that he ultimately wanted to connect with his fans in the absence of any live music: “It’s a way of connecting with the music more, since we can’t necessarily do live shows. Fans want to support their favorite artists, and this is a direct way to support them.”

Check out the Big Sean Detroit 2 cans below, and sound off — what do you make of this unexpected partnership?

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Tory Lanez’s Team Accused Of Sending Fake Emails As Megan Thee Stallion’s Label: Report

A source also claims that Lanez offered Megan and her friend money not to share their side of the story.”

An explosive report was made by Billboard earlier today (September 29) after they claim that a source is spilling the beans on Tory Lanez and his team with scathing accusations. Over the last few months, there have been emails sent to various news sources that were shown to be from Megan Thee Stallion‘s label, 300 Entertainment. However, Billboard reports that the emails’ true source was from Lanez’s camp in an effort to turn the press against the Houston rapper.

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According to the publication, the source said that falsified emails and text exchanges were created and sent out to a number of media outlets. “A screenshot of an email, sent to Billboard from a different anonymous source, included a fake email account for 300’s Head of Creative, Kevin Leong, that was allegedly created by Lanez’s team,” Billboard reported. “The email contained a link to a report that claimed that Megan did not want to testify against Lanez.”

When contacted about the fake emails, a representative for Tory Lanez “strongly [denied]” the allegations that the Canadian artist or anyone from his team is responsible. Meanwhile, Billboard‘s source details their version of what happened that evening in July when Megan Thee Stallion was shot.

“[Lanez] was supposed to be dropping [Megan] off at home with her friend, and an argument ensued,” they stated. “He started calling her names. So she said she wanted to get out of the car. She got out of the car, walked away from the car, and at a short distance, he told her, ‘dance b—h’, pulled out a gun and shot [at] her four times. Two times hit her, one in each foot, and the other two missed her.”

“Tory starts texting her. He starts apologizing, saying, ‘I’m your friend. I love you. Please. I was just drunk. Call me. I wanna make this work,'” the source continued. “He starts calling other people around her, including her friends after she gets out of jail, because she was also taken in [for questioning] ’cause she was there, and [Tory] was offering money, saying he wants to make it right and wants to resolve this issue. He starts calling her day-to-day managers and said he wants to talk to her, reaches out to the security guard, all of that.”

Megan’s label, 300 Entertainment, is reportedly investigating the alleged falsified emails. “In this day and age, digital security is of utmost importance,” they said in a statement. “The email impersonation of our Head of Creative Kevin Leong, with the intent to disseminate false information, has been brought to our attention and we are working diligently on Megan’s behalf to get to the bottom of the matter.”

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Big Sean – Detroit 2 – Album Review

Big Sean is comin’ back to us with “Detroit 2” ,  Featuring  some special guests such as :

  • Erykah Badu
  • Anderson Paak.
  • Stevie Wonder
  • Dave Chappelle
  • Nipsey Hussle R.I.P
  • Post Malone
  • Jhene Aiko
  • Ty Dolla $ign
  • Dwele
  • Travis Scott
  • Hit-Boy
  • Young Thug
  • Wale
  • Earlly Mac
  • Diddy
  • Key Wane
  • Lil’ Wayne
  • Kash Doll
  • Dom Kennedy
  • Eminem
  • Royce Da 5’9

and more as well.

Cameos on the album by : Stevie Wonder , Erykah Badu , Dave Chappelle .

On “Body Language”  , Sean is bringin’ r&b soul vibe with a lil’ help from Jhene Aiko & Ty Dolla $ign  ,the track is a reference for their relationship.

“Everything That’s Missing” Featuring Dwele is talkin’ ’bout ups & downs in life.

Anderson Paak is bringin’ also a soulful vibe to this album on “Guard Your Heart” featuring Wale & Earlly Mac and of course Sean himself , i see it like 2Pac’s anthem back in the days at the 90’s , As i reminisce on “Keep Ya Head Up” .

On “Time In” Sean & Jhene are teaming up again for an r&b type a flow song .

First Time That Sean is doin’ a big cypher with some friends on “Friday Night Cypher” .

No I.D , Hit-Boy , Boi-1da are the producers on the album together with Kanye West as part of G.O.OD Music’s producers rooster .

Listen to whole album :

 

Here’s My Favorite below  :

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YG Won’t Speak As Much About Nipsey Hussle: “I Want To Let The Homie Rest”

He also talked about creating “FGT (F*ck Donald Trump)” with Nipsey back in 2016 months before the last presidential election.

The case against Eric Holder, the man accused of murdering Nipsey Hussle at close range, presses on as the rapper’s fans await news of a trial. It’s been over a year and a half since Nipsey was shot to death in front of his Marathon Clothing store in Los Angeles, and the slain artist has been memorialized worldwide. His family, friends, fans, and collaborators continue to pay tribute to Nipsey, including good friend YG who didn’t hesitate in verbalizing his grief following the rapper’s death.

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These days, you may hear a Nipsey Hussle mention from YG lyrically, but the L.A. rapper isn’t as vocal about his fallen friend. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, YG shared that he’s chosen to commemorate Nipsey’s life privately and creatively. “I want to let the homie rest,” he said. “I’m not gonna fall back and just talk about bro in interviews. Not just in breath, but on my records.”

In the wake of the recent protests and looming 2020 election, YG and Nipsey’s 2016 single “FGT (F*ck Donald Trump)” has once again gained traction. YG recalled a conversation with Nipsey prior to releasing the song. “I asked Nip, ‘You sure you want to put this out?’” YG said. “He was like, ‘We already get backlash. We already can’t do this and this and this. So f— it, let’s make it worth something.”

As far as his next album is concerned, My Life 4 Hunnid may show a different side to YG. The rapper told the L.A. Times that he has shifted from his “turnt up and lit” tracks to instead reflect America’s current climate. “I had to go tap into that. I’m so used to being like ‘I don’t give a f— , f— you, boom bam.’ Now I’m like, ‘Damn, I’ve got to really go get into some emo s—.”

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