The debate began on Wednesday (April 26), when an R&B enthusiast at the handle @RnBTomi tweeted their hot take on the topic – that Kirko Bangz was the originator. They included Kirko’s 2011 hit single “Drank in My Cup” to back up their claim, leading many to jump into the post’s comments with their own opinions.
When someone countered saying: “Ehhhh…Drake?,” Tomi had a response: “I think Drake was one of the first to make popularize melodic rap in 2009 with So Far Gone, but I think Kirko solidified the trapsoul sound in 2010/11.”
When someone else suggested Bryson Tiller, Tomi said: “This song came out years before bryson tiller’s ‘trapsoul’. I think Bryson just perfected and coined the term.”
Check out what others had to say on the topic below:
he created the genre ‘trapsoul’ pic.twitter.com/widyXgGuWJ
— T O M I (@rnbtomi) April 26, 2023
Let’s not disrespect drake in this way
— R U B E N – J O Y (@RJxProducer) April 26, 2023
He created Drake https://t.co/wBIK36zUsS
— Lyri TheDream (@LyriTheDream) April 27, 2023
Yea you kinda right…but 6lack Bryson and Tory ran with it https://t.co/77cdXOX6UR
— September’s Very Own (@Snap_backs_) April 27, 2023
Love me some Kirko…
And the rest of the US loves Kirko
But invented Trap Soul… a reach. https://t.co/8m3OXsFedC
— Kawasaki Taqkii (@taqkii) April 27, 2023
Party did but ok https://t.co/Ckw0KJFdO5
— ALMIGHTY INDO (@wakeupindi) April 27, 2023
Ehh. It just gave Houston style of rapping. That’s their style for sure. We can go back to DJ Screw, Mike Jones. Bryson still Trap Soul. They’re two different things. https://t.co/YiQpvruK5t
— MoniTheeSimmer 🦋 (@MoniNextDoor) April 27, 2023
I fully disagree with this Bryson Tiller eraser but this song still goes off https://t.co/bZmzUY4qJj
— Explorer 🪙 (@_phyaa) April 27, 2023
It's definitely him to me. Drake was being in Houston a lot, I'm definitely not saying it's him. https://t.co/HuCMszydo0
— Lucky Nyte (woman who love sports) (@LuckyNyte) April 27, 2023
While Drake did come out first as far as the three of them go, arriving on the mainstream scene with his 2009 breakout project So Far Gone, Kirko followed shortly after in 2011 with “Drank in My Cup.” Bryson Tiller debuted his T R A P S O U L album in 2015, but is certainly the most associated with the word because of the project’s title.
Kirko has remained relatively under the radar in recent years, while Bryson did as well – until earlier this year. In March, the singer announced that he’s gearing up to hit the road for a new tour after a six-year long hiatus.
The Louisville, Kentucky singer took to Instagram to announce his Back And I’m Better tour — reportedly a play on his lyrics from his 2015 hit-single, “Don’t.”
In a photo shared alongside the tour announcement, Bryson Tiller can be seen sporting a hoodie and looking away while encapsulated by a Back To The Future-esque background complete with the film’s infamous DMC Delorean.
The upcoming tour will be making stops in major cities such as Las Vegas, Detroit, New York City, Houston, and more. Tiller’s last tour was in 2017 when he released his second album, True To Self.