There’s a reason the term “sophomore slump” exists. It’s public acceptance that following up something you did at a high level tends to be much tougher than your initial attempts. We see it in sports after an athlete has an amazing rookie season. It’s most definitely prevalent in music. Really, anything that can be consumed and judged by the public scrutiny is subject to hitting that sophomore wall. In music, fans are quite simplistic and picky when it comes to their artists. Many times, we are slow to accept an artist when they decide to change or alter what ultimately made us fans. Sometimes, the changes are for the better, like when Eminem, decided to become sober. Many agree the music suffered but how can we really be upset for a man becoming more healthy? Other times, the changes seem to happen for no reason, and this is where fans get really perplexed, and sometimes upset. Enter Bryson Tiller. In 2015, the Louisville, Kentucky singer/songwriter/and part-time rapper gave birth to a new genre with the release of his debut album Trap Soul. Filled with exceptional production, matched with original and relatable lyrics and melodies reminiscent of classic late 90s R&B, it was hard to go anywhere that summer and not hear “Pen Griffey". With standout records like “Don’t” “Exchange”, “The Sequence”, and “Sorry not Sorry”, Trap Soul was not void of hits or Instagram caption worthy content. I vividly remember my girlfriend at the time playing this album on repeat, as often as what seemed like every day. Going further, I pride myself as being the one to introduce others to new music and try and ignore when others do the same to me, after all, that’s my job! But, I just couldn’t deny this album any longer, it was all around great music and the artists story was even more interesting. He represented hard work and what happens when you feel like you have no other choice but to succeed. After hearing his interviews, you just wanted him to win, and he was clearly doing just that.