MITMondays: Bryson Tiller's Sophomore Slump
After the long wait, Bryson Tiller released his second studio album True to Self a couple weeks back. It seems like young Tiller couldnt wait for the fans to hear this album so he dropped it a month early. Hoping to follow up Trapsoul with another successful release, Bryson unfortunately came up short in my eyes. Not saying that this was a bad project but it definitely wasn't the same caliber as Trapsoul. I mean Jay-Z said it is hard to follow up your first album because it took your whole life make your first album. With that being said lets take a look to see where Bryson went wrong.
First things first, this album just felt like it was too long. 19 tracks was a bit too much, 12 to 14 tracks would've been sufficient. The longer the project went on the more flaws were exposed in Bryson's artistry. Since I mentioned it let's dive into those flaws.
This project exposed two major flaws in Tiller, his bars are underwhelming and his repetitive songwriting style. It's apparent at times that Tiller doesn't know if he wants to be a singer or a rapper, which in today's industry isn't necessarily a bad thing when done well. Several times throughout the project he flips between singing and rapping but after a debut like Trapsoul, we've come to expect a certain quality level from Bryson. Each time he makes that transition I wish he hadn't. As a rapper he's just not cutting it. Take a listen to Money Problems/Benz Truck... so many corny lines. "Just checked the temperature its hot still, Ridin' 65, I'm on them hot wheels." or my favorite,"He talkin wild, I said,'Objection' nigga."
Another flaw of Bryson's is his repetitiveness. A lot of the tracks on here sound the same which makes it a harder listen. Once you got halfway through the album you were hoping the end came sooner rather than later. Not to mention, this is literally the same subject matter as Trapsoul, the only difference is that there is more rapping on this one. Seems like he still making the same mistakes from Trapsoul.
True to Self as a whole was disappointing. Granted it had a few tracks that were solid like Set it Off and Run Me Dry. I was expecting him to continue to ride the wave he created with Trapsoul but he ultimately did not. One thing that really stood out to me was the amount of samples he used on this project. Despite the amount of samples the production was A1 , the content just did not match. Finally, no features?!?! Hopefully Twitter doesn't lose it if he happens to go platinum like J. Cole did with no features. As Always...