Bar Exam: Tony Tillman – Tell Somebody Feat. Wes Writer (Single)
A One Listen Song Review
Tony Tillman dropped a new track this past week with “Tell Somebody” featuring Wes Writer. We recently heard Wes Writer on Flame’s banger “Only You,” which was such a bright spot on that Flame project for me. Tony Tillman has been in the game for over 10 years. My first introduction to him was with his mixtape “The Interlude” back in 2008 when he was operating under the alias “Brothatone.” Being from Nashville, Tony has always had that dirty south vibe that easily translates to the modern (current) hip-hop sound. I feel like a lot of the good parts of southern hip-hop have been adopted into a lot of mainstream hip-hop’s styles and sounds. From the melodic flows to the big bass and that trap sound that is so prevalent in the current culture, I feel like it’s a no-brainer that southern rappers would thrive in this current environment.
The one thing I know from listening to Tony’s music in the past is that he’s different from these other southern rappers. It’s not all about the big bass and swagger from him. He’s so intentional about feeding the soul and preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Needless to say, I’m anticipating Tony Tillman to bring the heat in 2018. Let’s see how this new single stacks up against the expectations.
The artwork for the single is trippy and almost out of focus, it’s well done. I feel like that concept tells me that once I check out this song I’ll get a clearer vision of Tony Tillman, and not only who Tony is, but who he is because of God. “Tell Somebody” is produced by Juice Bangers and Mashell, and starts off with an easy music box-esque piano loop. Wes Writer brings in the hook once the beat drops and it’s fire. “You ain’t been where I been/ You ain’t seen what I seen/ Boy I was really living life like on ya t.v screen/ I got friends ain’t make it/ I got a kid need saving/ And I don’t really know why God brought me out of that but he amazing/ and I gotta I gotta tell somebody”
Tony busts a flow about his past of growing up in the ghetto, losing homies who are either dead or in jail. The truth is that God brought him out of all of that, his past lifestyle and mindset. God is amazing so Tony’s got to tell somebody. All the way through I can tell he’s constructed the flow with intention, putting pauses where he needs to and changing his pitch as the song builds. I’m not sure what the Goku reference is about, but it just goes to show that this is a track for everyone. This song is a straight up banger. Go tell somebody.