Bryson Tiller is already plotting course following the release of his October 2020 album Anniversary.
The Grammy-nominated singer and avid gamer jumped on Twitch for a recent session and gave fans an update to Serenity, an album he was working on in the early stages of 2017 but halted because he wasn’t in the right frame of mind to complete it. However, Tiller wasn’t willing to completely let the songs go and now, the project is a three-volume disc.
“I realized how much fucking music that I had for Serenity, all this different shit,” he said during the stream. “So Serenity is now not one album, but it’s three albums. It’s three volumes. One is a rap album, one is an R&B album and then one is a pop album.”
In regard to a proper release date, Tiller explained he’d have to sort out the terms of his contract with RCA Records.
“Until I figure out the shit for my deal, with my label and all that shit, the business side, I can’t necessarily give that,” he said. “That’s the only thing holding those projects back.”
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During the promo run for Anniversary, Tiller referenced his biggest career ambition was to become a pop star, slightly alluding to the topics he’ll be approaching on Serenity.
“With my goals, the goals I wanna reach in the next, I dunno three, four years … I wanna be a pop star,” he told Keisha Nicole of 97.9 The Box in Houston last October. “I would like to be a popstar at least one time. I wanna be able to say I was a pop star, at least do a pop album. Collaborate with some pop artists. So I feel like with that comes, a lot of magazine shoots, a lot of video interviews, a lot of performances, a lot of stuff Bryson from five years ago would have been very uncomfortable with.”
Tiller’s return to music came two-fold in 2020. Aside from releasing Anniversary in October, he released a deluxe edition of his 2015 debut Trap Soul. Later that year, he helped Jack Harlow’s “That’s What They All” say debut have the official Louisville stamp of approval with a guest feature with him and the late Static Major.
“Static’s widow hit me a couple of years ago and invited me over to listen to some music and I just chose that one,” Harlow told HipHopDX in January about their “Luv Is Dro” collaboration. “We sat on it for two years trying to get it right and get Bryson on it. He ended up loving it and wanting to do it.”
He added, “He was blown away when I sent it to him. Bryson wouldn’t let me drop it without him, but he was taking fucking forever with it. Oh my God, this man Bryson was killing me. He was working on his album, so that was part of the reason. But the other reason is he’s a slow guy. He takes his time with everything.”