R&B artist Bryson Tiller says depression is to blame for his underwhelming second album

The singer-songwriter became a sensation following his debut album.

May 15, 2018
Bryson Tiller says depression impacted his album True to Self

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – JUNE 05: Bryson Tiller performs at the 2016 Hot 97 Summer Jam at MetLife Stadium on June 5, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)

Bryson Tiller’s 2015 debut album ‘Trapsoul’ put him on the radar of hip-hop aficionados everywhere. He landed on the Billboard charts and scored rapper nominations at the American Music Awards. Fast forward two years to his second album, ‘True to Self,’ and Tiller hit the infamous sophomore slump. Last week, the artist opened up to confess that his mental health may have weighed down his creative efforts.

“I was depressed before I made that album and you can hear it in the music,” Tiller wrote in a tweet, “statistically, we didn’t do that great because of it.”

‘True to Self’ wasn’t panned by any means, but it didn’t achieve the critical reception that his debut did. Even sales started strong, debuting in the top 20 on the Billboard charts, but it didn’t hit platinum like ‘Trapsoul.’

Even if ‘True to Self’ was by no measure a disaster, its average performance has weighed on the artist. In an interview last year, he told DJ Tim Westwood: “I’m my biggest hater and my worst critic, so when I see all these people saying things it’s like I’m agreeing with them.”

Depression or not, a lackluster follow up is hardly a rarity in the entertainment world. Snoop Dogg’s ‘Doggfather’ was nowhere near the classic as his previous ‘Doggystyle.’ David Gordon Green’s film following Pineapple Express was the god awful fantasy stoner comedy Your Highness, starring many of the same stars. These hurdles didn’t stop Green, who is now directing a new sequel to the Halloween movies, and it didn’t stop Snoop, who is everywhere. In fact, he’s probably standing behind you right now.

Tiller will hopefully bounce back too. Even in the Tweet, Tiller said his depression ended in 2017 and he’s already back to the drawing board. Soon after, Tiller said he’s also looking for someone to teach him how to play Fortnite.

May 15, 2018