Teyana Taylor in Awe Over Kanye West Collaboration

Kanye West and Teyana Taylor

When you pop in Kanye West’s new album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy on November 22, one of the first voices you’ll hear before ’Ye is Teyana Taylor. The singer-actress is still in disbelief after finding out that she is featured on one of the most anticipated albums of the year.

The 19-year-old, who stars in the Tyler Perry film Madea’s Big Happy Family next year, can be heard singing on the album’s opening track “Dark Fantasy,” which includes an intro from Nicki Minaj. Teyana stopped by the studio to visit her “big bro” in Los Angeles last month before the premiere of Runaway, but had no idea she would end up on the album.

“[Kanye] was like, ‘Yo, T. I’m at the studio, come over and vibe out.’ We were sitting there listening to the music, he was showing me different pieces for the tour, and he was wanting me to do some vocals,” she tells Rap-Up.com. “First I was just doing different backgrounds and then he was like, ‘I feel like it needs something else. I’m gonna put you in a room with an engineer with the song and just do what you do.’ And he put me in another room and I just went crazy. When he heard it, he kept playing it and playing it and everyone was giving me high fives.”

Teyana was grateful for the opportunity, but even more surprised by Yeezy’s reaction. “It was a big opportunity for me. I emailed him the day after and thanked him. He was like, ‘Thank you. The pipes you put on that is crazy.’ I was like, ‘Wow, this is really big coming from ’Ye,’ but he’s super humble.”

While in the studio, Kanye also had Teyana add her vocals to other tracks. “I also sing along with him on the chorus for the album version of ‘Runaway.’ He just wanted extra female vocals. I did some backgrounds on some other songs.”

The former star of MTV’s “My Super Sweet 16” hopes the placement will silence the critics who question why she’s famous. “I’m still in awe. I kept pinching myself to make sure it wasn’t a dream,” she says. “A lot of people are always asking, ‘What does she do?’ and for my first feature to be on a Kanye album is big for me. It shows that at the end of the day, it don’t matter what haters are talking about. When people like Kanye stand behind you and believe in you, it don’t get no better than that.”

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19 Comments

  1. I guess!!!

    I’m glad she is finally doing something besides looking 
    manly…lol…j/k…Real talk congrats T.T

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  2. Lolsmileyface

    Finally something for Teyana

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  3. Saad

    umm I heard this track on the movie and I ddint hear her. Maybe added on the album?

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  4. Dillon_68

    She did great, I was wondering who that was on Dark Fantasy. Big ups to her!

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  5. BoyWonder

    My question isn’t “What does she do?” It’s “why isn’t she doing it?” Lol sike naw but I always see her at parties and stuff. Pharell is slipping, he should BEEN put her CD out! Lemme find out Pharell is another Diddy…

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  6. lia

    I’m happy for her I think she’s a great artist that need the right support cause she rap sing and dance well.

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  7. JuLien

    @Saad, yes she’s on the album version!

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  8. Love All Music

    @Saad
    It says that she recorded right before the premiere of the film. So, yeah, her vocals wouldn’t have been in it.

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  9. Sam

    Pharell dropped her.
    Somebody should sign her, she could be huge if she was on the right label.

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  10. Steve

    I think if Kanye’s G.O.O.D Music Label Sign Teyana on as there 1st lady that would be great the girl can Rap, Sing, AND Dance she would be a hot addition I can’t wait to here her on Dark Fantasy I wish she was rapping tho instead of singing ?

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  11. queen beyonce

    oh WOW i thought it was kelly rowland? whoops lol i dont really like her but i luv the dark fantasy song

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  12. Saad

    ahh thanks people.

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  13. Dave

    Work! I’m happy for TT, but I don’t really care for Ye.

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  14. Miniblock

    gtfo dave….

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  15. ILLA

    @ Dave

    I think you meant you’re happy for Kanye but don’t really care for TT.

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  16. SB

    I love what Kanye did with her vocals, it really lifted the song to new heights.
    My favorite on the album, i rewinded that part like crazy the first time I heard it.

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  17. Chris Shorts

    idk about her i need more before i can have that wow factor im obsessed with mr west and his camp but does she have what it takes /??? we will see … @chris_shorts

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  18. Hana

    she looks like Rihanna. and G.O.O.D Music shoud sign her, really. Ye will lead her in the right way

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