Bryson Tiller’s come-up would make Muhammad Ali proud. The Louisville native went from a Papa John’s employee to a platinum-selling musician, reaching the pinnacle of his career (so far!) with the success of his 2015 acclaimed debut album T R A P S O U L, which peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100. Despite his list of accolades, Tiller still considers himself a rookie.
“I’m just being a student to the game right now,” he told Billboard over the phone. As an avid video game player, Tiller referenced the Japanese animated series Dragon Ball Z to describe his evolution, saying that T R A P S O U L was him as “Super Saiyan 1,” but his newest project is a “level up” from his debut. “I learned a lot this past year, like how my songs move people and the crowd, so I’m still trying to figure out what’s next for me.”
Tiller offered major keys on handling relationships with his first single and viral hit “Don’t” and followed up with the candid standout track “Exchange” -- the latter giving Tiller his first-ever 2017 Grammy nomination for best R&B song. "I called my grandma as soon as I got the chance. She was happy, but she probably doesn’t even know how amazing it is to get a Grammy nomination," he said. "It was a shocker at first, because I can’t believe I’m Grammy-nominated now."