Teyana Taylor

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I started singing on the train to make money, just hustling.
Teyana Taylor

It’s hard to recognize the pretty 16 year-old poised in first position at the ballet barre. Her usually wild mane is pulled back into a scarf as she takes her final port de bras and retreats to the locker room with a tug of her leotard. “I’m not a girly girl,” she confesses with a shrug. “I don’t like wearing a spandex bodysuit.” When she returns, she’s rocking a fitted cap cocked over her gorgeous crop of corkscrew curls, a subtle sag in her Ice Cream jeans, and a pair of technicolor Air Force Ones. Yup, Teyana Taylor’s got her swagger back.

You may already know Pharrell’s latest prot’g’ from her extravagant, 80′s-themed coming out party on MTV’s Sweet 16 or as the petite pop locker in Jay Z’s ‘Blue Magic’ video, but her V.I.P. status was established even before the cameos and big name industry endorsements. Lady Beyonce herself was so impressed with the Harlem bred triple threat’s moves that she asked her to teach her the Chicken Noodle Soup ‘ the popular dance Teyana helped innovate ‘ for her performance at the 2007 VMA’s. “That kind of love coming from Jay and Beyonce, was crazy, recalls Teyana. “When he said, ‘Yo, you’re a superstar. I’ll see you at the top,’ I was humbled, like wow!”

With the release of her debut album, From A Planet Called Harlem (Star Trak/Intersope), Teyana finally gets to show off her killer pipes and full-bodied flow to the rest of the universe. The album is a macrocosm of R&B, pop rock, and rap and deliciously rich with sticky hooks and campy lyrical play. “From the songs to the production ‘ the whole direction of the album is insane,” explains the Star Trak maverick. “It’s a story about having fun.”

Of course, the stylish femcee reps NYC to the fullest but it’s her offbeat, ‘afronaut’ edge that makes her such an undeniable rockstar ‘ she’s a seamless blend of hip hop hipster and skater chick. Her hybrid musical style is as rebellious and eclectic as her personality and that’s not the result of a brilliant marketing squad. Just peep her iTunes playlist and you’ll find her rocking out to My Chemical Romance, Green Day, Fall Out Boy, Lauren Hill, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson.

With production from sonic architects like Jazze Pha, Pharrell, Mad Scientist, Frost, Shondre and Hit Boy, Teyana’s first solo offering has the rumblings of a party-pumping earthquake. The mix of throwback break beats, futuristic boom bap, and melodic renderings is the perfect backdrop for the starlet’s musical mayhem.

“Complicated” is a beautifully airy ballad about a crush that she’s not quite prepared to pursue. I can’t say I’m not impressed by you /I’m not ready to invest/ I can’t say I’m not the girl for you/ I just might not be her yet. She sings with the tender honesty of a young girl with strong sense of self-awareness and wisdom.

“‘Color Me Pink’ is my favorite song,” she says about another coming-of-age single. “It’s about a boy who makes me want to put on a skirt or wear a tutu to ballet class. It’s something every girl can relate to.”

But From A Planet Called Harlem isn’t all flowery femme gems and soulful lullabies. On “Translation,” Teyana gets clever with her wordplay. She spits a few bars of hood patois and then translates it for her less slang-savvy fans. “Switch It Up” is another track that capitalizes on her flow. She adopts her mentor’s cocky cadence and rips the mic over an infectious go-go beat, lacing it with his familiar yezir’s. Then the sassy shopaholic goes ego-trippin on “Traffic Stop,” a head bopping jam that will have everyone singing ‘ Sittin’ at a bus stop/ Suckin’ on a lollipop/ In my Ice Cream top/ I can make the Traffic Stop’.

“The first time I stepped into a booth I was seven,” says Teyana. “I started singing on the train to make money, just hustling. No matter how much money I get, I still gotta grind. I still gotta work hard to get where I want to be.”

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Teyana Taylor

VII (Pre-order)

Pre-order Teyana Taylor’s “VII” album now! Available everywhere November 4th.

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"Maybe" Ft. Pusha T & Yo Gotti

Download Teyana Taylor’s new single, “Maybe” featuring Pusha T & Yo Gotti on iTunes

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"Broken Hearted Girl" Ft. Fabolous

Watch the video for Teyana Taylor’s new song “Broken Hearted Girl” featuring Fabolous. Pre-order Teyana Taylor’s “VII” album now, available everywhere November 4th! Click here to pre-order the deluxe version of “VII” on iTunes Click here to pre-order the deluxe version of “VII” on Google Play Click here to pre-order the deluxe version of “VII”…

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Pre-order Teyana Taylor's "VII" Album Now!

Teyana Taylor’s debut album “VII” is available for pre-order on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon Now! Get “Business” instantly when you download on iTunes or download the track on Google Play now. Click here to pre-order the deluxe version of “VII” on iTunes Click here to pre-order the deluxe version of “VII” on Google Play…

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"Do Not Disturb"

Watch Teyana Taylor’s video for “Do Not Disturb” off her debut album “VII” available 11/4!

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"Business"

Check out Teyana Taylor’s video for “Business” off her debut album “VII” available everywhere November 4th!

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Teyana Taylor Debut Album Vii on G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings Arrives in Stores November 4th!

Singer-songwriter, dancer/choreographer, actress, Harlem native, and G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings artist Teyana Taylor’s debut album VII arrives in stores November 4, 2014. The album includes Teyana’s official debut single, “Maybe” featuring Yo Gotti and Pusha T, whose video has collected nearly 1 million YouTube views since its August release. October 7th, marked the launch of…

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Teyana Taylor "Testimony" Tour Recap #TeyanaTuesdays

Check out Teyana Taylor’s recap fresh off of touring with August Alsina. Get a behind the scenes look of her time on the road. #TeyanaTuesdays Teyana Taylor’s “VII” Album Available Everywhere Nov. 4th!

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Teyana Taylor "VII" Artwork

Teyana Taylor’s debut album, VII will be hitting stores on November 4th. Up top, is the official artwork for the new project.    

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Teyana Taylor - "Maybe" Ft. Yo Gotti & Pusha T

Teyana Taylor is gearing up for her debut album and today she gives us a brand new visual to her single, “Maybe” featuring Yo Gotti & Pusha T! Check out the full video above. Teyana Taylor “VII” Available Everywhere October 21st

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Teyana Taylor's Debut Album, "VII" Arriving October 21st!

Photo Credit: Meredith Truax   The multiple talents of high profile young singer-songwriter, designer, dancer/choreographer, actress, and Harlem native Teyana Taylor all come together this summer and fall, starting with the August 4th release of her long-awaited official debut single, “Maybe” featuring Yo Gotti and Pusha T, on G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings; then, the August…

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Teyana Taylor's New Single, "Maybe" Ft. Pusha T & Yo Gotti On iTunes Now!

Teyana Taylor’s brand new single, “Maybe” which features Pusha T & Yo Gotti is now on iTunes! Click here to download the single on iTunes! Click here to download the single on Amazon!

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G.O.O.D. Music - "Mercy"

Check out the video premiere of G.O.O.D. Music’s “Mercy” featuring Big Sean, Pusha T, Kanye West and 2 Chainz! G.O.O.D. Music Album Coming Soon!

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