The aptly named balancing rock can be found in St.Mary’s Bay on Long Island in Nova Scotia. This 9 meter high basalt column appears to balance precariously at the edge of the rock below. The column is actually attached by two small sections with a small gap between that you can even look through.
Hed: Bryson Tiller on Writing for Chris
Brown & Kylie Jenner Being a Fan
A year ago,
Bryson Tiller was one of countless up-and-coming artists looking to make a mark
in an oversaturated market. Twelve months later, he’s Apple Music’s Best New
Artist of 2015. The Louisville, Ky. native, 22, independently released his
breakthrough hit, “Don’t,” in October 2014 and eventually managed to garner
millions of plays with little to no blog support. Drake took notice early. The
Toronto rapper reached out to Tiller via Twitter at the top of 2015 and offered
him a deal with his OVO imprint in the spring. It wasn’t until an Instagram
photo of Drizzy and Tiller partying at popular West Hollywood nightclub Hooray
Henry’s surfaced in June that the hip-hop blogosphere finally began tracking
quietly signed to RCA Records in April and released his second mixtape, TRaPSOUL,
on October 2—the project was exclusively issued a week early on Apple Music.
The ‘tape was well received by famous fans ranging from Tiller influence Trey
Songz to socialite royalty Kylie Jenner and actress/model Karrueche Tran—both
attended Tiller’s second sold-out show at The Roxy in Los Angeles in October
Pen Griffey (a clever play on legendary baseball player Ken Griffey
Jr.)—appears to be the latest in a string of artists from the Internet era who
shot to stardom on the heels of a single project; The Weeknd (House of
Balloons), Frank Ocean (nostalgia, ULTRA), Chance The Rapper (Acid
Rap), and of course, Drake (So Far Gone) come to mind. With the
exception of Acid Rap, the aforementioned projects were freebies,
promotional tools issued to cultivate a fan base that would eventually spend
money on a commercial release. Tiller’s moving units out of the gate. TRaPSOUL’s
sold over 180, 000 in pure sales in roughly three months and with “Don’t”
nearing its peak on terrestrial radio—the song was in heavy rotation on Apple
Music radio in February and Zane Lowe made it a World Record on Beats 1 on
July 1—the mixtape is poised to keep selling well into 2016. Our hip-hop/R&B
editor spoke to Tiller to discuss life after TRaPSOUL.
recently started performing live. First, as an opener for Travis Scott and then
for your TRaPSOUL series. How did you prepare for your first
those Travis Scott shows were like the best preparation for those shows because
if I never did those Travis Scott shows, boy, I would have been so nervous out
there. I was just telling my boy. Me and [Kejuan] Swan used to talk about this
actually. We used to be turning up backstage, kinda like in a football huddle,
“Yea, you ‘bout to do this, boy. You out here killing it.“ I used to be
all nervous and I’d go out there and it’d be crazy. It’d be adrenaline just
pumping. Now I’m excited to get back out there. I hate when it takes me
too long to get back on the stage.
the TRaPSOUL Tour with THEY. as openers. What can we expect from the tour?
It’s gonna be
a longer set because all the shows I’ve been doing… originally we just rehearsed
a 30-minute set just to open for Travis and for the TRaPSOUL experience. When
we do our tour we’re gonna do the full project and then some other songs too.
really living with TRaPSOUL. It’s
giving you the luxury of taking your time because people are really enjoying
the mixtape as a body of work. You just released “Self Righteous” in December.
What made you want to put new music out?
reason I wanted to put that song out is because that song was actually
from TRaPSOUL. It was supposed to be on TRaPSOUL but
we couldn’t get it cleared. I was listening to it in my car. I think I was
gonna give it to somebody at first. I was gonna give it to another artist. I
think Chris Brown wanted to use it but he ended up taking another song from me
so I just said, “f*** it.” And I just put it out. I’m actually headed to Miami
tomorrow morning to record some more music.
mentioned Chris Brown. He ended up taking “Proof” from you and putting it on
his album, Royalty. Is that a song
you already had recorded?
Yea. That was
also a song that I was gonna put on TRaPSOUL. It’s crazy! It was
like the last song I got. I was like, “TRaPSOUL is done, blah,
blah, blah. We gotta turn it in Friday.” They sent me the beat and I was like,
“This gotta go on TRaPSOUL. This
gotta go on TRaPSOUL.” Then the more
and more I listened to it I was like, “It’s too R&B for me.” Of course all
my songs are mostly R&B-driven but if it just sounds like… Killer
Instinct days. I don’t know if you heard that mixtape. Chris Brown likes
it. He took it. I was excited about that. Somebody actually told me that before
my SOB’s show. Mark Pitts came. Mark Pitts and Tunji [Balogun] came downstairs
and he’s like, “Yo! I just wanna let you know that ‘Proof’ is on the
album.” I was like, “What? Are You Serious?“
Chris Brown hear the songs?
and Tunji. Tunji hit up Mark Pitts I think. He ended up showing him the
songs and then Mark Pitts showed it to Chris and Chris was f***ing with
like every other day Kylie Jenner is posting a video on Instagram featuring one
of your songs.
That’s crazy. I’ve only seen [the video] from a long time ago. Then I’ve seen
some blogs saying that she was listening to it. When I first heard [about] it…
I ain’t even gonna lie it was another one of those surreal things. It’s like
when my favorite artists are just reaching out or my favorite artists talk to
me on Twitter. Something crazy happens every week I swear, something just
out of this world, like some great news. My manager Neil [Dominique] always
hits me up. He’s like, “Yo, this happens. Yo, Wayne’s rapping on your
beat.” I’m just like, “What?” It seems like something is happening every
week. I’m not numb to it all the way yet but it’s still crazy.
recently connected with The Weeknd. How did that happen?
Neil, he’s really good friends with Abel’s manager. They’ve just been talking
and he was like, “Yo, Abel’s really liking Bryson’s music. He’s been
bumping TRaPSOUL. He was like, “Y’all should come to the show and
vibe" so we went to the show in D.C. We were just vibing. I knew he was
the coolest dude ever when he said, “Yo! You wanna play Call of Duty?” I was like, “Of course.”
That was my first time playing Black
Ops 3 so I got to experience that with him.
This spectacular landscape began forming about 7000 years ago during the last known activity of the nearby Nantai stratovolcano on Japan’s Honshu Island. An Andesite lava flow from that volcano dammed the nearby Daiya River, creating a natural lake behind the dam today known as Lake Chūzenji. Cooling of the lava flow in the dam created a classic pattern of columnar jointing that survives to this day. Once the lake filled enough, it began spilling over the dam, forming the spectacular Kegon Falls.
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