The Way I Are Timbaland
Everything you need to know about Bryson Tiller from his Kentucky upbringing to turning down a record deal from Drake.
According to J. Cole's producers Vinylz and Boi-1da, another producer called Foreign Tek stole their instrumental and gave the beat to Bryson Tiller way before Cole's song was released. Bryson was reportedly unaware of the situation.
Bryson's biggest song was made with very limited funds. He revealed the news on Twitter, writing: "8 months [Smitty] and [Stephon] gave me 600 dollars to buy studio equipment and I made ‘Don’t.’ life is so crazy."
Before fame, Bryson Tiller was a struggling musician and often slept in his car. Speaking about the impact of his single 'Don't', he told Billboard: "Not too long ago was the anniversary of when I dropped 'Don’t' on SoundCloud and I was just like, staring at the ceiling when I woke up that morning like, wow, I was sleeping in my car around this time just a year ago."
Drake actually offered Bryson Tiller a record deal at OVO Sound! The Canadian rapper was so impressed by songs on Tiller's debut album 'TRAPSOUL' that he personally texted him with the opportunity. However after lots of consideration, he turned him down in favour of a deal at RCA.
Bryson Djuan Tiller was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky before later moving to Miami to chase his dreams of being a rapper and singer.
Bryson dropped his debut album back on 25th September 2015. The Kentucky native put together an impressive project filled with very honest R&B slow jams and hard-hitting Hip Hop tracks.
One of the standout songs from Tiller's debut album is 'Don't - a very personal song about his relationship with his girlfriend. Speaking to CapitalXTRA.com he said: "I wasn't being a good boyfriend and I was thinking like 'what if somebody else was to come into the picture right now' and be talking to my girl and telling her everything that she needs to hear, so I was like 'I'm going to be that guy' and write this song."
The official music video for 'Don't' has been very popular on YouTube - gaining over 41 million views on the video sharing platform. It shows Tiller going through the stress of a relationship with his girlfriend.
Since initially releasing 'Don't' back in 2014, Bryson's life has changed so much he actually made a song about it. Entitled 'Ten Nine Fourteen' after the date 10/09/14, the song details the impact it made on his life and appears on his 'TRAPSOUL' album.
As a songwriter, Bryson Tiller needs to live through experiences in order to write his songs. Speaking to CapitalXTRA.com, he said: "Its hard for me to write without having anything to say, or anywhere to draw inspiration from. I've tried to go into the studio and make songs out of nowhere and I ended up making a real mediocre song."
Bryson has a 1-year-old daughter called Harley who he loves spending time with. The rapper often posts adorable pictures of the two together on his Instagram account.
The Kentucky native, who is massively inspired by songwriters such as The Dream, started out trying to become a songwriter before finding his role as a singer/rapper. He told CapitalXTRA.com: "I wanted to be a songwriter over an artist. But then everything just happened differently."
Bryson was spotted riding a jet-ski in Miami on DJ Khaled's Snapchat. The music mogul referred to Tiller as a "great one" and said that he expects big things from him in the future.
While speaking to CapitalXTRA.com, he said: "Sometimes I'll be like yeah I prefer rapping over singing but I always change the way I feel every three months. Sometimes I just won't be feeling rapping at all - and just be like 'I'm done rapping'. Then 3 months later I'll hear a dope beat and have so many ideas I got to rap. There's some things that I can say rapping that I really can't say singing."
Tiller's show at London's KOKO in March sold out in a matter of seconds, leaving many of his UK fans disappointed.
The singer was brought up by his grandmother after his mother died when he was just four-years-old. He grew up alongside his younger brother Eric in Louisville, Kentucky.
Bryson Tiller used to work at fast food chain Papa Johns before achieving success with his music. He used to create music part-time in his living room.
Bryson draws inspiration from artists who rap and sing such as The Dream, T-Pain and Drake - who he has described as "one of my favourite artists and rappers ever."
Speaking exclusively to CapitalXTRA.com he said: "I'm working on new music, for sure. Hopefully I can put it out by the end of this year. I'm trying a bunch of new stuff so I'm just going to have see what I'm going to go with."