Teyana Taylor is on the rise, and she's ready to take over. Her debut album, VII, has already caught the attention of hip hop's A-list, including Chris Brown. "'Do Not Disturb' is one of my favorite records, so I was like, 'Okay, I need to get Chris on this,'" the singer told Fuse. "It's that mellow record that we can still do some dope choreography to, so that made it very, very exciting."
The collaborations don't end there. "Yo Gotti, Pusha T... I needed them on the album," she said. "The moment I heard 'Maybe,' I was like, 'I need that move that dope verse from Pusha.' Gotti was just the perfect balance because the song was so South to me. 'Brokenhearted Girl' with Fabolous... who else than Fabulous to be on a record like that. He gave me that hungry Fab."
The result is a pretty sultry album. "Everything is more on the slow and mid side; definitely want to keep it sexy," Taylor explained. "I want that album you can clean up to, the album you can make love to, the album you can just relax to, the album you can match your outfit to... I defintely want to keep it nice and mellow and relaxing."
Her tactics have been working, and it's gotten the young up-and-comer in the good graces of Kanye West, who signed her to his G.O.O.D. Music label. "We were fashion friends first. It always feels good to feel like someone understands you when you're, like, the outcast. We both love clothes, we both keep it real as you can see," she joked. "We both kind of have a mouth on us, you know, so it's kind of like, 'Dang, you're like a little me!' We're just alike. I think that's what makes it dope because that means as his artist I'm putting in extra work to make sure that whatever I send to him is perfection because he taught me perfection. I can't send him anything less than perfection."
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