14 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Teyana Taylor's been flirting with her big break for years, releasing the single "Google Me" in 2008 and singing on a number of mentor Kanye West's tracks. She's officially arrived with her studio debut, VII. A sultry throwback to '90s R&B with modern flourishes, the album highlights Taylor's powerhouse pipes, with skeletal tunes like "Sorry" and "Request" placing her vocals front and center. "Just Different" is a slinking slow jam. "Maybe" blends woozy atmospherics into the mix, and "Put Your Love On" toys with dancehall. Compared to the avant-garde R&B of 2014 breakouts like Tinashe and FKA Twigs, VII is more traditional, but it's no less compelling.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Teyana Taylor's been flirting with her big break for years, releasing the single "Google Me" in 2008 and singing on a number of mentor Kanye West's tracks. She's officially arrived with her studio debut, VII. A sultry throwback to '90s R&B with modern flourishes, the album highlights Taylor's powerhouse pipes, with skeletal tunes like "Sorry" and "Request" placing her vocals front and center. "Just Different" is a slinking slow jam. "Maybe" blends woozy atmospherics into the mix, and "Put Your Love On" toys with dancehall. Compared to the avant-garde R&B of 2014 breakouts like Tinashe and FKA Twigs, VII is more traditional, but it's no less compelling.

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About Teyana Taylor

Harlem-based singer, rapper, songwriter, dancer, actor, and model Teyana Taylor gained recognition in the States on an early-2007 episode of MTV's My Super Sweet 16. By the time it aired, she had already signed to Star Trak/Interscope, helped popularize the Chicken Noodle Soup dance, and aided in the choreography for Beyoncé's "Ring the Alarm" video. Taylor's brash first single, the Jazze Pha-produced "Google Me," reached number 90 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in 2008. The following year, she released a mixtape, From a Planet Called Harlem, and she co-wrote "So Cold" for Chris Brown. In 2010, she contributed some vocals to Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, but her solo career stalled. A couple years later, she was released from her Interscope contract and subsequently uploaded new material as free downloads. She signed to West's Def Jam-affiliated GOOD label, appeared on the Cruel Summer compilation, and released a clutch of steamy R&B singles prior to her proper debut album, VII, in 2014. As an actor, she has appeared in several movies, including Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming, Madea's Big Happy Family, and The Love Section. ~ Andy Kellman

  • ORIGIN
    New York, NY [Harlem]
  • BORN
    December 10, 1990

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