Trapsoul – A New R&B genre

Trapsoul is described as a blend of southern rap with the contemporary soulfulness of R&B. The name comes from a new up and coming singer/songwriter Bryson Tiller. Inspired by artists like Omarion, DeAngelo, Lil Wayne, Drake and Kanye West, Tiller has fused these two genres into a velvety smooth creation of sounds for his new album. “Trapsoul” dropped October 2, 2015. It has reached number 10 on the Billboard 200 and sold 22,000 copies in the first week.

The 23 year old singer and occasional rapper hails from Louisville, Kentucky. He released his first mixtape “Killer Instinct Vol. 1” in 2011. Producer Timbaland and singer/rapper Drake provided early co-signs for “Trapsoul” which significantly increased popularity and led to signing a deal with RCA records. His first single “Don’t” is creating quite a buzz. It was uploaded to Soundcloud October 9, 2015 and has been streamed millions of times since. Tiller got the beat for “Don’t” from a program called SoundClick. Friends helped him buy studio equipment, on which the single was recorded. That was the first and only beat he downloaded.

Only a year ago, Tiller was working at a pizza joint and struggling to provide for his new daughter, Harley. Now, he’s an R&B sensation! He said in an interview “Since I signed to RCA, great things are happening. It’s cool. I feel like I made the right decision. I’m happy with the way things are going.” Tiller still lives in Louisville when he’s not on tour. He is a dedicated father and frequently shares pictures of his toddler daughter on social media.

Bryson Tiller has come a long way from that high school boy singing to girls in the hallway. His fusion of genres is something that we can expect to see more and more in R & B. This is only the beginning!
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