Teyana Taylor
American musician
Teyana Taylor
Teyana Taylor is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, dancer, and actress. She is of African American and Afro-Trinidadian descent. In 2012, she officially signed to Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music label and The Island Def Jam Music Group.
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This Singer's Letter To Her Daughter Captures What All Parents Want For Their Children
Huffington Post - 20 days
Teyana Taylor wants to instill in her daughter a strong sense of self-worth. On Thursday, the singer and actress posted a photo of herself with her 1-year-old daughter, Junie, on Instagram. In the caption, she wrote a powerful letter to her little “June Bug.” Dear @babyjunie4 Since your first breath, life has become so much more. Everything makes so much sense now. You are my motivation and you bring the greatness out in me. You are my heart. I knew at first glance that it was love. As we gazed into each other's eyes and you thanked me for life, all I could think of is how much I should be thanking you. Not a tear from you as we watched your father cry. As you grow older, you will understand that life is a long road that you cannot travel without having people pointing fingers at you. We live in a world where people have the right to their opinions, however you have the right to refuse them as your truth. People only have as much power as you give them. Remember th ...
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Teyana Taylor’s White House outfit sent a political message and we’re in love
Yahoo News - 3 months
The responses to this week’s presidential election have been all over the board, but we can all agree on one thing: They…
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Shaquille O’Neal Unofficially Auditions To Be Kanye West's Next Video Vixen
Huffington Post - 5 months
Shaquille O’Neal has moves on and off the basketball court.  The 44-year-old former NBA player showed off his hilarious dance moves in an Instagram video on Sunday. In the clip, O’Neal attempts to recreate Teyana Taylor’s steamy gaze and sexy choreography from Kanye West’s “Fade” music video.  Wearing a black tank top and red striped boxer shorts and blasting music from his phone, Shaq nails it in the homemade music video ― though at times the frame can’t quite capture all of the 7-foot-1 basketball star. “Feeling faded #remixchallenge can anyone beat this,” Shaq wrote in his Instagram caption.  Feeling faded #remixchallenge can anyone beat this A video posted by DR. SHAQUILLE O'NEAL Ed.D. (@shaq) on Sep 11, 2016 at 4:44pm PDT The rest of us were watching along like:  How close did Shaq come to nailing the original? Watch Teyana Taylor break it down ...
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Shaquille O’Neal Unofficially Auditions To Be Kanye West's Next Video Vixen
Huffington Post - 5 months
Shaquille O’Neal has moves on and off the basketball court.  The 44-year-old former NBA player showed off his hilarious dance moves in an Instagram video on Sunday. In the clip, O’Neal attempts to recreate Teyana Taylor’s steamy gaze and sexy choreography from Kanye West’s “Fade” music video.  Wearing a black tank top and red striped boxer shorts and blasting music from his phone, Shaq nails it in the homemade music video ― though at times the frame can’t quite capture all of the 7-foot-1 basketball star. “Feeling faded #remixchallenge can anyone beat this,” Shaq wrote in his Instagram caption.  Feeling faded #remixchallenge can anyone beat this A video posted by DR. SHAQUILLE O'NEAL Ed.D. (@shaq) on Sep 11, 2016 at 4:44pm PDT The rest of us were watching along like:  How close did Shaq come to nailing the original? Watch Teyana Taylor break it down ...
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Teyana Taylor is the star of Kanye West's 'Fade' video - and a whole lot more
LATimes - 6 months
She's 25. She's gorgeous. She's a mom. And she can sing. That's Teyana Taylor, the sexy star of Kanye West's "Fade" video, which premiered Sunday night on the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards. Oh yeah, there was a song happening during that video, not just Taylor happening. Honest. Here's some dish...
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Teyana Taylor's Baby Girl Has A Headwrap Line Almost As Cute As Her
Huffington Post - 6 months
A photo posted by Iman Tayla Shumpert Jr (@babyjunie4) on Aug 5, 2016 at 8:52am PDT Teyana Taylor and Iman Shumpert’s daughter, Iman Tayla (a.k.a. Junie), may be only 8 months old but she’s already inspiring fashion ventures. As an ode to her bundle of joy, Taylor created a collection of headwraps for babies called Baby Buddah Bug. The line includes a variety of wraps in different colors, fabrics and designs. Babies can get fancy with a red, leather “bug” or keep it casual with a denim “bug.” And for the convenience of the most active baby, it comes already pre-wrapped.  A photo posted by Iman Tayla Shumpert Jr (@babyjunie4) on Aug 5, 2016 at 11:37am PDT Baby Buddah Bug will officially launch this fall, according to baby Junie’s parent-run Instagram page, but seven wraps are currently available for pre-order on the website.  The headwraps sizes run from 3 months to 3 years with prices ranging from $35 to $80.  Baby Ju ...
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Listen To 911 Operator Help Iman Shumpert Deliver Baby
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Audio from Iman Shumpert's 911 phone call in the moment he was delivering his daughter has surfaced. The Daily Mail acquired the audio and it's undeniably heartwarming. In the phone call, Shumpert is frantically trying to help his wife, Teyana Taylor, and his child while trying to remain calm and listen to instructions given from the 911 operator. You can hear Shumpert getting emotional while speaking to the operator.  A photo posted by Iman Shumpert (@imanshumpert) on Dec 18, 2015 at 1:35pm PST   Kudos to Taylor for getting through the child birth and to Shumpert for not losing his damn mind. Also on HuffPost: (function(){var src_url="https://spshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?playList=519347568&height=&width=100&sid=577&origin=SOLR&responsive=true&ratio=wide&align=center&relatedMode=2&relatedBottomHeight=60&companionPos=&hasCompanion=false&autoStart=false&colorPallet=%23F ...
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Teyana Taylor Dropped By Adidas After Rihanna Beef?
MTV News - about 3 years
By Sowmya Krishnamurthy Bad news for Teyana Taylor. Her online beef with Rihanna has apparently had real-life implications. Adidas has reportedly dissolved their relationship with Taylor. According to Madame Noire, a Senior PR Manager for the shoe giant told the site, "“We have ended our relationship with Teyana Taylor and do not have any upcoming product launches with her.” The shoe brand reportedly dropped Taylor because of her online issues with Rihanna. Earlier this year, the two traded shots on Twitter and Instagram after Rihanna posted a clip of a friend apparently mocking Teyana's singing abilities. "petty is petty and shade is shade, bitch knew what the f--k she was doing," Teyana said (and later deleted) as well as threatened violent retaliation against Ri Ri. It was the possibility of a physical altercation that apparently put Adidas over the edge. “All I can say is that adidas partners with athletes and artists who blend well with our brand values. We evaluate our ...
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It's Official: Teyana Taylor Gets Dropped From Adidas
Huffington Post - about 3 years
In February, Teyana Taylor debut her first collaborative sneaker with adidas called the Original Harlem Good Luck Charm adidas. The successful run resulted in fans flocking to stores to buy the black and gold high-top shoes. It also prompted a second collaboration with the G.O.O.D music artist that was suppose to hit stores in November. When Black Friday came and went without a shoe, fans were wondering when and if the second shoe would ever hit stores. Mind you, just two months before, Taylor got in a trite Twitter altercation with Rihanna over a spoof video of her singing. Words were thrown around, meme's were made, profile images were changed- and by the end a petition was made for adidas to drop Taylor for an offensive picture of Rihanna's face after her assault from Chris Brown in 2009 posted up.
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Rihanna Burglary Thwarted, Caught on Tape
The Hollywood Gossip - over 3 years
Rihanna was the target of an attempted burglary in Pacific Palisades last weekend, while she was out of town, as the star's bad luck with homes continues. Rihanna "Pour it Up" Video Sneak Peek As she was doing her thing (getting booed for being late to shows, parading around Australia half-naked), someone drove up to her $12 million home. Cat burglars, they weren't. Someone actually walked right into the back yard and threw a chair through a sliding glass door, police sources report. The alarm apparently scared the thieves off at that point, because they left without entering. Did they really not expect she'd have an alarm system? To wit, Rihanna's property is covered by security cameras, and you have to drive on private road to even get there. On said road, there is a sign: "Smile, You're on camera!"   Nice work, guys. Smart. Police are still trying to hunt down the perpetrators, but it's the latest in series of such incidents for Rihanna. In Febr ...
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Teyana Taylor Calls Rihanna A 'Cyber Bully' After Twitter Showdown
MTV News - over 3 years
By Maurice Bobb Teyana Taylor is fed up with Rihanna’s cyber-bullying. That’s why she went at the Bajan singer’s neck Tuesday on Twitter for mocking her on Instagram. And that’s why she called up Hot 97 Morning Show’s Ebro Darden and Paul Rosenberg to speak her peace. “I do think she’s a cyber-bully. I really do,” Teyana said via MissInfo. “And I think she has dope music, I’m not no hater. Dope music is dope music. She’s a pretty girl. But that don’t mean you can bully people like that.” Despite her allegiance to Rih Rih’s ex, Chris Brown, the G.O.O.D. Music signee is clueless as to why she was targeted. “I really don’t understand neither,” she said. “I’ve been in the studio, minding my business, trying to stay focused. And then yesterday I randomly was on my Instagram page and I heard she made a video. I just thought it was really harsh. You got a dude singing ‘Caught Up In The Rapture of Love’ with big hair, a snap-back, and some Jordans on and I just sung that a week ago. ...
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G.O.O.D. Music's Cruel Sumer Album Blends Hip-Hop, R&B, Reggae
MTV News - over 4 years
It's not easy to sum up G.O.O.D. Music's first compilation album Cruel Summer in just a few words, but Pusha T did his best, calling it, "a melting pot of musical styles." Cruel Summer boasts 12 tracks with a variety of verses, hooks and ad-libs from 'Ye's team, plus notable features like R. Kelly, and the final product was a completely unexpected result — literally. Pusha T tells MTV News that he heard the finished product only weeks before the album's official debut. Pusha appears on a handful of songs including the singles "New God Flow," "Mercy," and previously unheard cuts like "The Morning" and "Higher," but the Clipse rapper was pleasantly surprised to hear the final mixes of the above tracks. "Working on all of those tracks, it's a situation where I wasn't always in studio. It was one of those things where [Kanye] might've sent me a beat — or made sure I got a beat, because he didn't really send anything via email — and I would just write to it," he explained. "T ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Teyana Taylor
  • 2016
    Age 25
    In September 2016, Taylor revealed that she and Shumpert were already married.
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    On June 17, 2016, Taylor released her single "Freak On", featuring guest vocals from Chris Brown and production by DJ Mustard.
    More Details Hide Details It samples "Freak Like Me" by Adina Howard. Taylor announced that it will be the lead single from her upcoming second studio album. On August 28, 2016, at the MTV Video Music Awards, Kanye West released the world premiere of the music video for his single, "FADE", which features Taylor performing a dance routine, in a likeness to the 1983 film Flashdance. The video, directed by Eli Russell Linnetz, features Taylor dancing throughout a gymnasium and there is also an appearance by her husband, Iman Shumpert. In 2013, Taylor signed a deal to design and release two pairs of sneakers with Adidas. The first pair released were the Harlem GLC's which hit stores February 16 the same year. According to Adidas Global Director of Entertainment and Influence Marketing, Jonathan Wexler, Taylor currently holds the record for fastest selling sneakers in Adidas Originals history. She is currently focused on designing and releasing her second pair of sneakers with the brand.
  • 2015
    Age 24
    On December 16, 2015, Taylor gave birth to Iman Tayla Shumpert, Jr. After going into early labor, her then-fiance Iman Shumpert delivered the baby with his bare hands at the couple's home.
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    Taylor was set to be a judge on the eighth season of the American competitive dance reality television series, America's Best Dance Crew, which aired its first episode on July 29, 2015 on MTV.
    More Details Hide Details On August 25, Taylor released her first extended play (EP), titled The Cassette Tape 1994. The EP pays tribute to the iconic 90s sound and includes many samples from 90s hits.
  • 2014
    Age 23
    On July 27, 2014, via Twitter, Taylor announced the title of her debut studio album to be VII and revealed it would be released on November 4, through Def Jam and GOOD Music.
    More Details Hide Details The album debuted at number 19 on the Billboard 200, selling 16,000 copies in the United States in its first week. In its second week, the album dropped to number 78 on the chart, selling 5,000 copies. In its third, the album dropped to number 160 on the chart, selling 3,000 copies, bringing its total album sales to 24,000 copies at that time.
  • 2012
    Age 21
    As part of GOOD Music, Taylor appears on the GOOD Music compilation album Cruel Summer, released September 18, 2012.
    More Details Hide Details She provides vocals for the opening track "To the World," with Kanye West and R. Kelly, provides the hook and chorus for "Sin City," which also features John Legend, Cyhi the Prynce, Malik Yusef and Travis Scott, and also duets with John Legend on a song titled "Bliss." Taylor and Legend's duet on the album was highly praised, Erika Ramirez of Billboard.com notes that "Teyana Taylor's beautifully brash voice... illuminates in the electric-guitar heavy, Hudson Mohawke-produced 'Bliss'." Trent Fitzgerald of Popcrush.com also complimented the duet, saying that he hoped to "hear more soulful duets from and Legend." In addition to being featured on the GOOD Music compilation Cruel Summer, Taylor soon began the process of recording her major-label debut album, to be released eventually through GOOD Music and The Island Def Jam Music Group.
    After some time as an independent artist and taking time to find herself as an artist, Taylor signed a joint-venture deal with Kanye West's label GOOD Music and The Island Def Jam Music Group, on June 14, 2012.
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    In January 2012, it was announced Taylor was granted her release from her contract with Interscope and Star Trak.
    More Details Hide Details Taylor stated that she and Star Trak founder Pharrell Williams, have remained amicable since the end of their business relationship. She has credited him as a "big brother" and sees her early signing to Star Trak as a "blessing." Taylor has stated on many occasions that her release from the label was necessary because she wanted to have a level of independence in the music industry. In an interview with DJ Skee, Taylor mentioned that "when she was signed for six years, she felt like she couldn't do anything," and that she "couldn't prove to her fans that she had the talent" and "couldn't sing from her heart." As an independent artist at the time of her release, she had begun preparing her second release, a mixtape titled The Misunderstanding of Teyana Taylor. The mixtape drew influences from 1990s R&B legends like Lauryn Hill and Mary J. Blige. The tape was released in the first half of 2012, and was preceded by the release of "Make Your Move" (feat. Wale) and "D.U.I." (feat. Jadakiss & Fabolous), which was released on February 25, 2012. More positive reviews of the latter track note that "The Harlem songstress channels Janet Jackson as she glides over the smooth Hit-Boy-produced beat with her airy vocals, while fellow New Yorkers Fabolous and Jadakiss ride shotgun".
  • 2010
    Age 19
    She also made an appearance on the debut episode of House of Glam on Oxygen, which aired in October 2010.
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    In 2010, Taylor ventured into acting, appearing in the sequel of Stomp the Yard, titled Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming, which was released in August.
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    In 2010, Taylor, alongside American rapper Bow Wow, were offered roles for Tyler Perry's play-turned-film Madea's Big Happy Family, the fifth installment in Perry's series, which was released on April 22, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly after, Taylor delved back into music and was featured on the hook of the single "Party Tonight", alongside rappers Randyn Julius, Jim Jones, and Cam'ron. Randyn Julius later enlisted Junior Reid to do the remix which also featured Teyana.
    Towards the end of 2010, Taylor contributed to one of GOOD Music's GOOD Friday tracks, entitled "Christmas In Harlem".
    More Details Hide Details The track was released as a single in a shortened version to the iTunes Store on December 17, 2010, featuring American rappers Cyhi the Prynce and Kanye West.
    In late 2010, just hours before Kanye West's fifth studio album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, had to be turned in, West called Taylor to the studio to look at some fashion pieces.
    More Details Hide Details Taylor had struck up a friendship with West and the GOOD Music family before, first meeting West on his Glow in the Dark Tour, with Pharrell's band N.E.R.D. and Rihanna. While in the studio, Taylor was determined to make an appearance on West's album. She purposefully hummed along with the tracks he played for her, to get his attention. He eventually asked her to put vocals on a few tracks, notably "Dark Fantasy" and "Hell of a Life". Upon recalling the experience of recording "Dark Fantasy", Taylor stated that "at the time it was pretty empty, just verses." She remembers that West "put her in another room by herself and said, 'Go'." Taylor came back with the "intro and chorus," and "did all the scratches and the cuts herself." She admitted that she was "nervous" upon letting West hear her contributions to the tracks, trying to cover her nervousness by stating that she "hadn’t been in the studio for so long."
  • 2008
    Age 17
    Taylor released her commercial debut single "Google Me", in February 2008.
    More Details Hide Details The song was released as the lead single from her debut full-length project, a mixtape titled From a Planet Called Harlem. The tape features production from Jazze Pha, Pharrell, Mad Scientist, Frost, Shondre and Hit-Boy. The tape also features "a mix of throwback break beats, futuristic boom bap, and melodic renderings is the perfect backdrop for the starlet's musical mayhem." "Google Me" peaked at number 90 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. From a Planet Called Harlem was ultimately released on August 16, 2009, online for free download and billed as "the mixtape before the album". She was a member of a band called U.G.L.Y., along with band-mates Mijo, Braxton and Ethan. A snippet of U.G.L.Y.'s single "Wasted" was released early 2010.
  • 2007
    Age 16
    In late 2007, Taylor appeared in the music video for Jay-Z's single "Blue Magic", where she can be seen dancing and popping.
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    Taylor first came into the public's awareness in February 2007, via her episode on MTV's My Super Sweet Sixteen, a show depicting over-the-top 16th birthday parties of rich teenagers.
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    In January 2007 Taylor signed to American recording artist and super producer Pharrell Williams' Star Trak Entertainment imprint, through Interscope Records.
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  • 2006
    Age 15
    In September 2006, Teyana Taylor was credited as the choreographer on the music video for American entertainer Beyoncé's hit single "Ring the Alarm".
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  • 1990
    Born on December 10, 1990.
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