This past weekend, I went to see Pen Griffey in Maryland at the historic Fillmore concert hall. And can I tell you it was EVERYTHING I had imagined it would be. After his legendary SOB’s two-night concert stint that I so grudgingly missed due to moving to a different city, I knew I just had to make up for lost time. This weekend’s concert was certainly that and more. I wish I could explain into detail just how lit the concert was, but that would ruin the fun of the experience, and we’d be here forever, so I decided to give you the Top 5 Reasons You Should Go See Bryson Tiller on the Trapsoul Tour…including his Radio City Music Hall show this coming April (Oh come on! You know you want to go!).
1. HE FREAKIN’ PERFORMS THE ENTIRE “TRAPSOUL” MIXTAPE FROM START TO FINISH
I don’t know if you’ve ever played T R A P S O U L from start to finish but it’s actually a great body of work for it to only be a mixtape. From “Intro (Differences)” straight through to “Right My Wrongs,” there isn’t a bad track on there. Each song has a purpose and a meaning to this newly defined mixed genre of R&B and Trap. So if you loved the mixtape, you’ll be sure to enjoy the concert. And if you’re anything like the concert production fanatic like I am, you’ll look up the set list to see what songs you’re not so familiar with, do a weeklong crash course of straight Tiller, and be ready to spit the lyrics like you wrote them yourself during his set. We all do it!
2. IT’S HISTORIC BRO!
Okay…maybe not to you but to me, a small town former Papa John/UPS/moving company worker (hustler!!!) making it out of Louisville, Kentucky and going on tour, off of a mixtape is crazy. For him to be performing at Radio City Music Hall, one of the most legendary music venues, is even crazier. So crazy that they just added a second show…if that isn’t proof that there’s longevity in young Tiller’s career, you just might be a hater.
3 .HE’S A GREAT PERFORMER
I’ve worked in music and entertainment for a little over 3 years now so celebs and the “what have you’s” don’t really affect me. I don’t get starstruck because to be honest, they’re just like everyone else, with accomplished careers and different tax brackets. BUT!!!! This weekend, when that man made eye contact with his fans (me included), all while crooning them with his lyrics….I’m telling you—life changing! I watched a girl cry…sadly, I know her. Fortunately, he laughed and thought it was cute that she cried (how “lovely”). But even more so, the known reserved and introverted Louisville native uses his guard as a form of intimacy with fans. He uses his mystery to an advantage and allows himself to genuinely connect with fans to the point where you sometimes forget the others are even there…of course until he performs “Sorry Not Sorry” and the whole crowd is jumping up and down, bumpin’, and you’re reminding people to “get the f—k from you!”
4. “DON’T” LIVE IS EPIC WITH A CROWD OF TEENS, MILLENNIALS, AND 50-YEAR-OLD MOMS
I’m pretty sure the young thotties love them some “Exchange” as it’s lyrics have been the caption of this year’s winter cuffing season, but it was Tiller’s hit “Don’t” back in October of 2014, that put him on the map. When he performs it live, don’t even expect to hear Tiller’s voice at all! His raspy, yet still smooth baritone is overpowered by a rave of adoring teens ranging from 15 to your momma’s age—I’ve seen it! Trust me, you want to witness this!
5. HE’S GREAT TO LOOK AT
God Tiller!!! I mean he’s easy on the eyes in pictures, but in person, there’s something even more alluring and attractive about this simple and introverted man. And he doesn’t do much! His wardrobe is as we know it—a simple t-shirt, Nike Baseball “Dad” hat, some chill skinny jeans, a windbreaker or bomber depending on the day, and some running sneakers—simple. But I’m telling you, ladies, if you thought you were attracted to him before, catch him on the backend of his TRAPSOUL Tour in a city near you or cop your tickets to see him at Radio City Music Hall in New York City before they’re all sold out.