Recap: Bryson Tiller Brings ‘Trapsoul Tour’ to the DMV

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Bryson Tiller was the man of the evening on Sunday at The Fillmore in Silver Spring. The Louisville, KY native made a stop in the DMV as part of his Trapsoul Tour.

The sold-out show kicked off approximately at 8 p.m. with opening act THEY. The alternative R&B duo performed a few songs including material from their debut EP, Nu Religion. Their short but sweet set was full of energy, which got the crowd even more hyped as they anticipated Tiller’s performance. Following THEY’s set, Tiller’s DJ came out to keep the energy going. He played a few club bangers, which was the perfect transition to Tiller’s set.

At around 9 p.m., it was time for Tiller to come out. His set kicked off with “Intro (Difference)” and let into “Let ‘Em Know.” Let’s just say, the second the lights dimmed and “Intro” began to play, the entire crowd was screaming and cheering from the top of their longs. Seriously, it felt like the venue was shaking a little from all of the excitement from the fans.

Bryson Tiller Trapsoul Tour
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After pleasing the crowd with a few songs, Tiller took a moment to share his story with his fans — even though most of them were already hip. He talked about how his Soundcloud page, which now has nearly 500,000 followers, wasn’t popping at first. In fact, he reminisced about the times when he would only get about 300 streams. However, after putting out “Don’t,” he began to see some success. Producer Timbaland caught wind of his music and flew him to Miami. It wasn’t an easy decision, though. Tiller had to quit his job to pursue his career. He also talked about the time Drake started following him on Twitter and his reaction to “Don’t.”

Tiller’s mini speech led up to “Ten Nine Fourteen.” Again, the crowd went wild as soon as the beat dropped. He went onto perform other songs from Trapsoul including fan-favorite “Exchange,” “Sorry Not Sorry,” “Rambo,” “502 Come Up,” “The Sequence,” “Overtime,” “Just Another (Interlude)” and “Been That Way.”

One of the highlights from his show was when he performed his smash single “Don’t.” His fans took charge of the song as they sung along, making it hard to hear him actually sing. Tiller ended his set with “Right My Wrongs.”

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DJ Khaled, Rihanna and Bryson Tiller Perform ‘Wild Thoughts’ at 2018 Grammys

DJ Khaled, Rihanna, and Bryson Tiller lit the 2018 Grammy stage with their electrifying performance of “Wild Thoughts” on Sunday night (Jan.28).

Looking like an entire snack, Rihanna commanded the stage with help of lovely dancers. Tiller held his own, while DJ Khaled kept the crowd hype in his Kool-Aid red Yves Saint Laurent suit.

Rihanna walked away with a breathing taking performance and a Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Performance (“Loyalty” with Kendrick Lamar).

Check out how “wild” Rihanna gets in this performance below.

(Photo Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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DJ Khaled, Rihanna and Bryson Tiller Will Bring ‘Wild Thoughts’ to 2018 Grammys

With the 60th Grammy Awards just around the corner, the Recording Academy have announced DJ Khaled, Rihanna and Bryson Tiller as the latest set of performers to hit music’s biggest stage.

While members of The Recording Academy failed to consider their chart-topping single “Wild Thoughts” for any Grammy category, the trio will perform the smash record this Sunday (Jan. 28). Music spectators could see a surprise appearance from Carlos Santana whose song “Maria Maria” was sampled for “Thoughts” infectious Latin-based instrumental.

Previously announced performers include: SZA, Childish Gambino, Lady Gaga, Pink and Little Big Town.

The Grammys will air live on Sunday, January 28 from Madison Square Garden in New York and broadcast on the CBS Television Network from 7:30-11 p.m. ET/4:30-8:30 p.m. PT.

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Justine Skye, Let’s Talk ‘Ultraviolet’: A Career Conversation

I’ve been following Justine Skye for a while. Not as far back as her Tumblr days, but around the time her Tyga-assisted cut “Collide” began to pick up some steam.

Over the past three years since, Skye has produced a couple of solid records, had some impressive sponsorships and endorsements, and even landed a record deal with Roc Nation. Minor successes aside, there’s been a common note when I’ve mentioned her name in conversation: “She’s not memorable.” And that criticism is more than valid. As someone who has kept up with her work, I even have trouble remembering most of the tracks from her three EPs (although, admittedly, I’d rather not remember her 8 Ounces EP.) Skye’s musical issues ultimately boil down to two things: artistry and execution.

We all know that every successful recording artist isn’t original, or even necessarily talented. However, those type of artists know their market, work within the limits of their artistry, and execute accordingly. The reason why it’s been hard for this Brooklyn beauty to pop is because we, as consumers, don’t know what sport she’s playing nor the arena she’s playing in.

On the artistic side of things, Skye has always struggled to nail her “sound.” Her singing voice is quite generic — which isn’t a dig, nor a hindrance necessarily — but her lyrics are also somewhat lackluster, as well as her ad-libs. Nothing truly stands out, and because Skye’s artistry hasn’t developed, her music sways with the trends of the and sounds of the time. I expressed these concerns in a series of tweets back in 2016 — which ultimately got me blocked on my old Twitter account by Ms. Skye, but that’s neither here nor there.)

Justine Skye Tweet 3Let’s talk execution. Skye released “U Don’t Know” featuring Nigerian singer WizKid in September 2016, with the accompanying video released the following month. Then, a little over a month after the video release, she releases her 8 Ounces EP without “U Don’t Know.” Yet, in 2018, she included the mid-tempo track on her album, and this time without the WizKid feature.

Poor execution.

Sometimes the first single doesn’t work, so that’s okay. She tried again in July with “Back for More” featuring Jeremih. Despite the seven month stretch between singles, the song was an appropriate, summer jam. Unfortunately, even with the feature, the song didn’t get past a few adds at urban radio. The video was released in early August, and then it was silence again from Team Skye.

Poor execution.

Skye then releases third single “Don’t Think About It” on December 1. A week later, she announced the release of her debut album with another single — the PARTYNEXTDOOR-penned “Goodlove” and the video for “Don’t Think About It.” By the time the album dropped, she released another single (“Heaven”), which totaled a five tracks from a 10-track album.

Even with all of these musical misfires, I decided to give the album a listen. After listening to the 33-minute project, I was left generally underwhelmed. Although short albums aren’t common, they can definitely work with a strong thematic direction (see: Lalah Hathaway’s honestly. and Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic.)

Ultraviolet suffers from a combination of issues, but ultimately the music just fails to hit. I must say, though, that “Goodlove” and “You Got Me” have been on repeat, and guess who penned both of these tracks? PARTYNEXTDOOR. On a 10-track album, if the two standouts are written by the same person, I think that’s worth noting. Hit-Boy’s production on “Lil’ Boy” was also a bright spot for me on this otherwise mid-tempo album.

I don’t have anything against Justine Skye or her music, even. She’s given us jams like “Never Leave,” “I’m Yours” and “Messin’ w/You.” However, if she wants a serious shot at chart success, she’s going to need to find her artistic voice and learn how to properly execute when it comes to the visuals, singles, and the art of timing.

Ultraviolet has left me with more questions than answers, but the biggest question of all is still, “Who is Justine Skye?”

Follow Nathan on Twitter @TheGreatIsNate.

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