For Teyana Taylor, music has been a waiting game. She started her career at Pharrell's Star Trak label over a decade ago, but it wasn't until 2014 that the singer released her first full-length studio album, VII. It was a smooth and adventurous pop record that only made a small splash due in part to the lax promotion behind it. Since then, her star has risen mainly for music-adjacent accolades, such as dancing sweat-slicked and ripped in the video for Kanye West's The Life of Pablo track "Fade" and the emergency birth of her daughter Junie, who she delivered straight into the hands of her husband, NBA champ Iman Shumpert, with whom she shares an eponymous reality show.
At a party celebrating the release of Teyana Taylor's VII album in 2014, Kanye West gave a short speech praising the R&B singer, who is signed to his G.O.O.D. Music label. "Teyana provides something that's so R&B, so black, so 'hood, so missing, so necessary in the marketplace," West asserted. West was once one of the most exciting young R&B producers in the business, working with Alicia Keys, John Legend and Janet Jackson.
Subscribe via iTunes | Google Play | Stitcher | RSS The Lowdown: For many, Kanye West's "Fade" video may have served as an introduction to the inevitable superstar that is Teyana Taylor, but it was far from her debut. Taylor signed to West's G.O.O.D. Music under Def Jam in 2012 and released her debut record, VII, in 2014. Four too many years later, Taylor's K.T.S.E.