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

Bryson Tiller Trapsoul Tour
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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.”

Keithan is the founder/editor-in-chief of Rated R&B

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Erykah Badu, Miguel and The Roots to Headline Smokin’ Grooves Festival

The performance lineup for the Smokin’ Grooves Festival has been announced. Erykah Badu, Miguel and The Roots are set to headline the event, which takes plance on June 16 at The Queen Mary in Long Beach.

Other artists on the bill include Jhene Aiko, NxWorries (Anderson Paak + Knxwledge), H.E.R., Majid Jordan, dvsn, Tiara Thomas, Lion Babe, Arin Ray, Ravyn Lenae, Omarion and THEY, to name a few.

While Badu doesn’t have a new project out, fans will be expecting to hear her classic records. Miguel and Jhené Aiko will promote their latest albums. The latter artist released her  sophomore album Trip last September, while Miguel delivered his third album, War & Leisure, in December.

Tickets are on sale now at

See the complete Smokin’ Grooves lineup below.

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.

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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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