Teyana Taylor

Sep
16
Rap-Up TV: Teyana Taylor Talks ‘VII,’ Kanye West, & Chris Brown

Teyana Taylor will silence her critics when she releases her debut album VII on November 4. The project has been years in the making for the Harlem singer, who parted ways with Pharrell’s Star Trak/Interscope Records and signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music in 2012.

And no one could be more excited than Teyana herself. Rap-Up TV caught up with G.O.O.D. Music’s First Lady backstage at August Alsina’s “Testimony Live” tour in L.A. to discuss the long-awaited release.

“It’s kinda hard because people don’t really know the politics behind the industry,” said Teyana. “Everybody is being impatient and so am I. I’m like, ‘I need answers now.’ I finally got an album. I’m just as excited as everybody else and I just hope everybody likes it.”

She has enlisted production from Bangladesh, Harmony, Boi-1da, Hit-Boy, and The Order, with appearances from Pusha T, Yo Gotti, Fabolous, and her friend Chris Brown, who appears on “Do Not Disturb.”

“It’s one of those slow animated songs,” she said of the Breezy duet, which she has been performing on tour.

Unlike her past situation, Kanye West has given her the freedom to do what she wants. “He definitely gives you that creative control. He kinda lets you do you and then you take your project to him,” said Teyana. “You have it all laid out and then he puts the icing and the candles and blows ‘em out and everything else.”

But she won’t hand in the album to Kanye until it’s perfect. “I’m a perfectionist just like him. He always says I’m a female version of him.”

In keeping with the title, VII will be packaged with seven visuals, which she plans to tease in the weeks ahead.

Sep
11
Album Cover: Teyana Taylor – ‘VII’

VII

G.O.O.D. Music’s First Lady Teyana Taylor has unveiled the Sin City-inspired cover art for her debut VII. Originally due October 21, the album will now arrive November 4 via G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam featuring the single “Maybe” with Pusha T and Yo Gotti.

She has also collaborated with Chris Brown (“Do Not Disturb”) and Fabolous (“Broken Hearted Girl”), and debuted some of the new material while on the road with August Alsina.

The 23-year-old was previously signed to Pharrell on Star Trak/Interscope Records, but her album From a Planet Called Harlem was never released.

After parting ways with the label in 2012, she dropped the mixtape The Misunderstanding of Teyana Taylor and signed a deal with Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music.

Check out the big reveal below.

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Aug
22
Video: Teyana Taylor f/ Pusha T & Yo Gotti – ‘Maybe’

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Sensual seduction. Teyana Taylor is a wanted woman in the cinematic video for “Maybe” featuring Pusha T and Yo Gotti. Inspired by Eyes Wide Shut and Sin City, the dark and sexy scenes play out like a comic book.

G.O.O.D. Music’s First Lady slips into character as three different assassins (herself, Jacquéline Mercury, and Greyla Greathouse), rocking different looks while seducing her men. A blonde Teyana performs a striptease and hunts down her target (Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks) at a masquerade ball.

“It was like a comic book theme so I got to play the beautiful assassin,” she said. “The look that I was going for was the whole underworld, kinda sassy, kinda sexy place.”

Teyana’s debut album VII is due October 21 via G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam.

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Aug
19
Behind the Video: Teyana Taylor – ‘Maybe’

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G.O.O.D. girl gone bad. Teyana Taylor takes a trip to the dark side in the video for “Maybe” featuring Pusha T and Yo Gotti. G.O.O.D. Music’s First Lady takes “106 & Park” behind the scenes of the sexy and mysterious clip, which was inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s erotic thriller Eyes Wide Shut.

A lingerie-clad Teyana does a striptease in a medieval mansion and rocks blonde and purpleish-gray wigs.

“The look that I was going for was the whole underworld, kinda sassy, kinda sexy place,” she explained.

The full video will premiere this week, while her debut album VII is set for release on October 21.

Go behind the scenes below.

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Aug
15
Teyana Taylor Opens for August Alsina at ‘Testimony Live’ Tour

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Teyana Taylor joined August Alsina on the first stop of his “Testimony Live” tour in Seattle on Thursday night. The First Lady of G.O.O.D. Music had the ladies singing along to her cover of Drake’s “Marvins Room” and serenaded one lucky—and very excited—male fan with her single “Maybe.”

The Harlem singer also debuted new material off her upcoming album VII, due October 21.

“Seattle!!!! U guys are fuckin great!!!!!!” tweeted Teyana. “I had such an amazing time tonight! Thanks for showing me love & vibe’n wit me!”

The “Testimony Live” tour continues through September 21, with stops in San Francisco, L.A., Houston, Atlanta, Boston, and New York.

Check out some footage from opening night below.

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Aug
1
Teyana Taylor Announces Debut Album ‘VII’

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The day has finally come for Teyana Taylor. Six years after making her debut, the Harlem singer has announced a title and release date for her first album.

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Jul
16
Teyana Taylor Covers Nicki Minaj’s ‘Pills N Potions’

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Teyana Taylor put her pipes on display while performing a cover of “Pills N Potions.” G.O.O.D. Music’s First Lady posted a short clip of herself belting out Nicki Minaj’s Pink Print single on Instagram.

On Tuesday, the 23-year-old reunited with her “Madea’s Big Happy Family” co-star Shad Moss aka Byraaannnn while filling in as co-host on “106 & Park.” During the “Hot Seat” segment, Bow Wow grilled her about her relationship with Knicks player Iman Shumpert.

She couldn’t stop blushing as she spoke about her new man. “He’s simply amazing and he never fails to amaze me,” gushed Teyana, who was previously engaged to Brandon Jennings.

Her single “Maybe” featuring Pusha T and Yo Gotti is available now, while her debut album is due this fall.

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