With a gold debut album and a platinum single under his belt, Bryson Tiller graced the stage at Radio City Music Hall Thursday and proved he's a force to be reckoned with.
The R&B crooner returned to New York City to perform for the biggest crowd of his career, a fact he proudly exclaimed as he whipped out his phone to document the moment on Snapchat midway through his set. And while it may be early in the 23-year-old's career, Tiller has reason to boast.
Throughout the show, Tiller stressed that just two years ago, he was whipping up pizzas at Papa John's to provide for his daughter. But his growing presence on SoundCloud attracted the attention of super-producer Timbaland, who worked with him until he made his break.
After the Timbaland shout-out, Tiller sang "Ten Nine Fourteen," titled for the day he dropped "Don't," the song that sparked the singer's rise. Decked in an all-black outfit with a baseball cap to match, Tiller took off his jacket and tossed it to a cheering fan in the crowd. The backdrop then turned red as he flowed into "Exchange," a clear fan favorite that turned into a singalong with the entire crowd.
Tiller, who stayed shrouded in a foggy silhouette for the better part of the show, then took a break from the smooth and sultry slow jams to liven up the crowd with "Sorry Not Sorry," lamenting the former flames who've tried to slide into his DMs since his rise. Following a few more "TrapSoul" deep cuts and some older tunes like "Break Bread," he rounded out the show with "Don't" and "Right My Wrongs."
In the time since he turned down that offer to sign with Drake's OVO Sound, Young Tiller has undoubtedly hit his stride. Despite nursing a hurt ankle at the show, Tiller commanded the stage effortlessly and showed 6,000 screaming fans why he's next.
Don't be mistaken -- 502 truly has come up.
Bryson Tiller takes the stage at Radio City Music Hall once more on Friday night.