For whatever reason, our favorite new R&B artist Bryson Tiller has decided to kick off his “Trap Soul” tour out here in the Pacific Northwest! After his first stop in Portland at The Roseland Theater, Tiller will head north to stun a Seattle crowd at The Show Box.
For those who aren’t quite up to speed, Bryson Tiller is the singer-songwriter-rapper from Louisville who dropped “Trap Soul”, a no-features compilation that sounds like a grimy blend of trap music, contemporary R&B and hip-hop. After his track “Don’t” received overwhelming support on Soundcloud (and getting approval boosts from Drake and Timbaland), Tiller released “Trap Soul” in early October, and simultaneously gave an intro to a distinct new genre of the same namesake. Basically, if you have a weak spot for Drake’s slow jams, or PARTYNEXTDOOR’s after party vibe, you’re probably on the brink of a Bryson Tiller obsession. (Once you’re fully caught up, you should probably get with the program and start tweeting Tiller lyrics; it’s the cool thing to do.)
“Trap Soul” is entirely listenable; soulful vocals, sick beats, sexy lyrics, and smooth transitions make for a perfect late-night drive playlist, or loosening up a crowd at, say The Thesis monthly hip-hop show. That’s right: Verbz has been spinning tracks like “Exchange”, “Overtime”, “Let Em’ Know”, and “Sorry Not Sorry” for the past three Thesis shows, and it’s garnered enthusiastic responses from the show’s continuously growing audiences…and mostly me. There’s not a lot of places in this town where the DJ will continuously play the newest, dopest, artists for us to dance to. This is one of the many reasons why I appreciate the Thesis.
One can only imagine what it’ll be like to twerk to the live versions of the “Trap Soul” songs. I’m personally stoked to hear how well Tiller sings on romantic tracks like “For However Long” and also how much energy he can bring to rap and flow-centric songs like “Ten Nine Fourteen”.
Many of us missed our chance at snatching tickets during pre-sale — it was quite the frenzy. However, tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday (tomorrow) at 10am sharp via Cascade Tickets. After that, it’s probably Stubhub or bust. You can also find more deets on the Facebook e-vite.
Good luck, and Godspeed.
Sunday January 24
All Ages | Bar w/ID
GA $25, Balcony $40