Out of Mornington Crescent underground station poured young girls wearing Nike caps and septum piercings eagerly waiting to release their inner trap soul. The queues began before 7pm and the most dedicated fans even stuck it out in the typical London rain. Finally, the doors to KOKO Camden were open and we were allowed in.
Supporting Tiller was THEY. The duo is made up of Drew Love and Dante. They performed their 3 track Nu Religion EP. Surprisingly, for a new American group, the majority of the crowd were singing along. The main man of the pair, Drew Love, had heaps of charisma and showed off his ability to rap and sing incredibly well. THEY are one to watch.
The crowd began to grow tired of anticipation and chants of “Tiller” grew louder. Then, finally, through the smokey haze of weed, Tiller arrived.
Wearing his signature black SnapBack and a t-shirt with “T R A P S O U L” printed on it, Bryson performed hits from his debut album and also some of his first ever tracks found on his SoundCloud for his day ones. Bryson Tiller just exudes coolness. He appeared to be relaxed and at home on the stage, unfazed by the screaming girls as he delivered each song. Tiller briefly spoke about how all 4 of his previous serious ex girlfriends cheated on him and how since his success, they have all slide into his DM’s on Instagram. He concluded, “it’s funny how that happens”. I was left with the impression that this guy is incredibly humble which makes you root for him even more.
The venue itself wasn’t the best destination. If you were under 5ft 4″, your ability to see the stage without weaving in and out of others people’s heads was slim. Perhaps the turnout of fans was underestimated by management. Anyway, by the looks of things his next London tour will have to be at an arena.
Of course, the crowd went crazy for songs like “Exchange”, “Don’t”, and “Overtime”. You can read our review of the album here.
Watch the video to his single “Sorry Not Sorry”