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Teyana Taylor – VII

Someone who isn’t new to the music scene is Teyana Taylor. A lot of people first heard about her from MTV’s Sweet Sixteen when she was signed to Pharrell’s label Star Track.

Everyone wanted to know who was this girl from Harlem was and how did she get to Pharrell. Back then she had a song called, “Google Me Baby,” from her 2009 mixtape From a Planet Called Harlem.

From 2009 to 2012, she was featured in music videos, movies and songs. Teyana become a socialite.  She was at different events with celebrities or, showcasing her dance moves on social media. Teyana is also known for her killer abs. In 2012, she self-released her mixtape called The Misunderstanding of Teyana Taylor. It was that year that she was signed to Kanye’s Label Good music.

Two years later, people got a chance to really see how much she has grown since, “Google Me Baby.”  Her first album off a major label called, VII debuted at number 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums two weeks ago. Her first single, “Maybe,” featuring Pusha T and Yo Gotti has reached a new peak in its seventh week. Now more people are getting to know Teyana Taylor.

All I have to say is, her album is amazing. I see why its number 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Album chart. The album has 12 songs + 2 interludes. Chris Brown, Fabolous, Pusha T and Yo Gotti are all featured on the album.

All of her songs, I love but I do have a few favorites.

“Request,” reminds me of Beyonce’s “Dance For you.” The song is very sexy, with lyrics like “Boy your wish is my command/Say the word and I’ll do it.” It makes you wonder if her boyfriend, New York Knicks player Iman Shumpert inspired this song. Another song with Chris Brown “Do Not Disturb,” could be motivated by her man as well.

Teyana has a song called, “Put your love on.” It has a bit of reggae flavor to it. I could definitely hear this song being played in the club.

She has a lot of love songs on the album. The beat to, “It could just be love,” and her voice meshes so well together. This song is my favorite on the album.

Her ballad, “Sorry,” which focuses on a breakup. This song shows how much of an amazing voice she has. The reason why I say that is because the only thing you hear in the background are the piano keys. There are very few singers now a days that can sing a song a cappella or with little to no music in the background

From 2009 to now, Teyana has grown so much as an artist. With her album VII, she has found her voice. I think this is a wonderful thing. Everyone I know that has heard the album agrees that it is remarkable. She has a bright future ahead of her. Being from Harlem just like her, it’s great to see how far she has come.

Seymone Kelly About Author

I’m Seymone Kelly. I found my love for music and writing at a young age. Through both, I found my voice. I pursued my love for writing by getting my Bachelor’s Degree in English/Journalism. Besides that I’ve interned for Global Grind, Def Jam and Sony Music. I also had my own radio show with three other hosts called “Student Union,” in 2011 on DTF radio. I now write for a site called respectthnext.com and have my own short story series on my blog. I’m currently working on my first fiction book, and perform at open mics whenever I can. I’m determined and dedicated to making my dreams come true. I know that one day it will all pay off.