VII

Album Review of VII by Teyana Taylor.

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Teyana Taylor

VII by Teyana Taylor

Release Date: Nov 4, 2014
Record label: Def Jam
Genre(s): Rap, R&B, Contemporary R&B

74 Music Critic Score
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VII - Very Good, Based on 3 Critics

AllMusic - 80
Based on rating 8/10
80

Back in 2008, Harlem-bred Teyana Taylor was a teenager signed to Star Trak. While with the Neptunes' label, she released only one single, the Jazze Pha-produced "Google Me." It was an attitudinal trifle that barely scraped Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop chart. Apart from some background moves, like the co-writing of Chris Brown's "So Cold," Taylor's career stalled.

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PopMatters - 70
Based on rating 7/10
70

“So I’m blocking your calls / pretty sure I heard it all before.” Aye yai yai. It’s exactly how it sounds, the response of a lover clearly scorned. The lyrics, hailing from “In The Air” represent the ‘heartbreak’ element of contemporary R&B singer Teyana Taylor’s debut, VII. In addition to entailing the degraded relationship, VII also entails sultriness and sexiness, detailing the physical and emotional highs of love (or apparent love).

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HipHopDX - 70
Based on rating 3.5/5
70

The Super Sweet 16 brat turned Star Trak signee turned G.O.O.D. Music vocalist released her first full-length album under the Def Jam imprint on November 4. Gaining exposure from her appearances on Cruel Summer and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Teyana Taylor’s album was anticipated in the music world to affirm her First Lady position amongst the talented roster of G.O.O.D.

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