True to Self

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True to Self
TRS Bryson.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 26, 2017 (2017-05-26)
Recorded2016–17
Genre
Length58:19
LabelRCA
Producer
Bryson Tiller chronology
Trapsoul
(2015)
True to Self
(2017)
Serenity
(2018)
Singles from True to Self
  1. "Somethin Tells Me"
    Released: May 11, 2017
  2. "Run Me Dry"
    Released: July 25, 2017

True to Self is the second studio album by American singer Bryson Tiller. It was released on May 26, 2017, by RCA Records.[2] Recording sessions took place from 2016 to 2017, while the production was handled by several producers from Teddy Walton, NES, Boi-1da, Frank Dukes, Illmind, Hollywood Hot Sauce, Keyz, Soundz, T-Minus and Wondagurl, among others.

The album was supported by the two singles: "Somethin Tells Me" and "Run Me Dry". In August 2017, Tiller started the Set It Off tour to promote the album. True to Self debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 107,000 album-equivalent units and 47,000 copies in the first week.

Background and release[edit]

On January 17, 2017, Tiller announced that he is working on his second album, titled True to Self.[3] While talking about the recording of the album in an interview with Rolling Stone, Tiller said; "I posted something on Instagram like, "album almost done", then I met this producer named Nes, and the way he produces his beats just changed everything. So I started my whole album over."[4]

On May 11, 2017, he revealed the album's artwork, announcing that it would be released on June 23; also he later released three new songs, titled "Honey", "Somethin Tells Me" and "Get Mine"; the latter features American rapper Young Thug.[5] On May 23, Tiller posted the complete tracklist on his Instagram account.[6] On May 26, he released True to Self a month early before the intended release.[7] In an interview with Billboard, Tiller explained the motivation behind the album's early release; "I can’t take the credit for that. It was just my manager; it was his plan [to] drop it a month early. I’ve been ready to get the music to the fans as soon as possible, so why not?."[8]

Promotion[edit]

The album's lead single, "Somethin Tells Me", was released on May 11, 2017.[9] The music video for the song premiered on Tiller's Vevo channel on May 25, 2017.[10] The song has peaked at number 74 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[11] "Run Me Dry" was sent to the rhythmic contemporary radio as the album's second single on July 25, 2017.[12] The single's music video premiered on September 12, 2017.[13] It has peaked at number 91 on the Billboard Hot 100.[11] Tiller also released a music video for the song "Self-Made".[14]

In May 2017, Tiller announced the dates for the Set It Off tour in North America across the United States and Canada, which started on August 3, 2017.[15] In North America he was joined by R&B singer H.E.R. and record producer Metro Boomin.[15] The second leg of the tour was announced in July 2017 taking place across Europe, which started on October 17, 2017.[16] In Europe he was joined by R&B singer SZA.[16] In September 2017, Tiller announced the third leg of the tour in New Zealand and Australia, which started on September 22.[17]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic63/100[18]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[19]
Clash6/10[20]
Exclaim!6/10[21]
Pitchfork6.6/10[22]
XXL4/5[23]

True to Self received generally favorable reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 63, based on six reviews.

Commercial performance[edit]

True to Self debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, earning 107,000 album-equivalent units, of which 47,000 were pure album sales in its first week of release.[24] It became Tiller's first number one album.[24] In its second week, the album dropped to number 13 on the chart. On August 3, 2018, the album was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for combined sales and album-equivalent units of over 500,000 copies in the United States.

Track listing[edit]

Credits were adapted from Tidal.[25]

True to Self[2]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)[26]Length
1."Rain on Me (Intro)"
  • NES
  • Walton
2:25
2."No Longer Friends"
2:14
3."Don't Get Too High"
  • Tiller
  • Ricki G
  • Coleman, Jr.
  • Skyz Muzik
  • NES
3:29
4."Blowing Smoke"
3:00
5."We Both Know"
  • Tiller
  • Coleman, Jr.
NES2:40
6."You Got It"Hollywood Hot Sauce2:56
7."In Check"
  • J-Louis
  • Rob Holladay[b]
  • Wow Jones[b]
3:18
8."Self-Made"
NES2:47
9."Run Me Dry"
2:49
10."High Stakes"NES3:02
11."Rain Interlude"
  • Tiller
  • Coleman, Jr.
  • Walton
  • NES
  • Walton
0:46
12."Teach Me a Lesson"
3:27
13."Stay Blessed"
  • NES
  • Wow Jones
4:06
14."Money Problems / Benz Truck"
  • Part 1 produced by Pro Logic
  • Mahxie
    Part 2 produced by Boi-1da
  • Illmind
  • Rob Holladay[b]
4:59
15."Set It Off"
  • Walton
  • IAMNOBODI
3:37
16."Nevermind This Interlude"Soundz2:14
17."Before You Judge"NES4:46
18."Somethin Tells Me"T-Minus3:14
19."Always (Outro)"
2:30
Total length:58:19

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer
  • ^[b] signifies an additional producer

Sample credits[26]

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[25]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[42] Gold 500,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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