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Bryson Tiller Explains Decision to Pass on Signing with Drake's OVO Sound


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On the heels of his RCA-released debut T R A P S O U L, Bryson Tiller recently chatted it up with Rob Markman for the latest episode of the Red Light Special podcast. During the interview, Tiller explained his decision to pass on signing with Drake's OVO Sound imprint.

When asked whether or not the Internet buzz of a deal with the "Hotline Bling" crooning rapper was true, Tiller confirmed saying, “Nah, that was a real thing.”

He also went into detail about how the offer came about.

“Drake and [Noah ‘40’ Shebib] had been talking to me and one day I got a text from Drake. I sent him a few songs, he listened to it and was like, ‘Yo, I love this song.’ And then the next text, before I could even text back, was, ‘I really wanna sign you to OVO.’ I stared at it for a long time and then I text my manager Neil… Those were his exact words, ‘I really wanna sign you to OVO.’”

As noted by HotNewHipHop, Drizzy reached out shortly after Tiller released his breakout hit "Don't." Following its release, the Louisville, Kentucky singer/songwriter also received a cosign from Timbaland. His debut reached No. 12 on the Billboard 200 with the major label push, but Tiller admitted that passing on Drake's offer was a tough decision.

“It was hard for me,” he said. "That was one of the biggest decisions I ever had to make in my life. I’m super naïve when it comes to making business decisions. I signed to two independent labels before and neither of them worked out. This time, I had a whole team… We talked to 40 about it and even 40 was like, ‘This is not a bad deal from RCA’ so we just did it.”

Tiller's been doing a pretty good job of expanding his fan base. "Rambo" has become a standout track with Sylvester Stallone myself promoting the song on Twitter. T R A P S O U L reached No. 4 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with 24,000 copies sold in the week ending Oct. 1, according to Nielsen Music.

Take a listen to Bryson Tiller's interview in its entirety below:

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