Thursday, February 7, 2013

Mixtape : Teyana Taylor : The Misunderstaning of Teyana Taylor

Mixtape : Teyana Taylor : The Misunderstaning of Teyana Taylor

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Who Is Teyana Taylor?
Teyana Taylor (born December 10, 1990) 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.

Teyana was born and raised in Harlem, New York City. At age 4, she picked up a microphone in front of a crowd and realized she wanted to become a singer/entertainer. Teyana was enrolled in many different talent competitions, including the Apollo Theater National All-Stars talent search. Taylor had strong influences from Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Lauryn Hill

Taylor appeared on MTV's My Super Sweet 16 in 2007. Before it aired, she signed to Star Trak/Interscope Records. "Google Me" was the first single from her debut album, From a Planet Called Harlem. Ultimately, this record was not released for unknown reasons. "Google Me" peaked at number 90 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. 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. No further releases from the band have since been mentioned.

Taylor ventured into acting, appearing in the sequel of Stomp the Yard, titled Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming, which was released in August 2010. She made an appearance on the debut episode of House of Glam on Oxygen. She also appeared in a new movie by Tyler Perry, Madea's Big Happy Family, released on April 22, 2011.

In late 2010, just hours before Kanye West's fifth studio album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, had be to turned in, West called Taylor to the studio to look at some fashion pieces. Taylor had struck up a friendship with West and the G.O.O.D. Music family some time before, first meeting West on his "Glow in the Dark Tour," with "N.E.R.D. and Rihanna." 

While in the studio, Taylor was determined to make an appearance on West's record. She purposefully hummed along with the tracks he played for her, enough to get his attention. He eventually asked her to put vocals on some 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 "whole intro and chorus," and "did all the scratches and the cuts herself with her voice." She admitted that she was "nervous" upon letting West hear her contributions to the tracks, saying that "she hadn’t been in the studio for so long." 

Towards the end of 2010, Taylor contributed to one of G.O.O.D. Music's G.O.O.D. Friday tracks, entitled "Christmas In Harlem". The track was released in a shortened version to the iTunes Store on December 17, 2010, featuring Cyhi the Prynce and Kanye West. 

In early 2012, Taylor was released from her contract with Interscope. Taylor admits that she and Star Trak referee Pharrell Williams have remained amiable since the formal end of their business relationship. She credits him as a "big brother" and sees her early signing to Star Trak as a "blessing." Taylor has stated on many occasions, though, just how necessary her release from the label was, as well as how necessary it was for her to have a level of independence in the music industry for some time. In an interview with DJ Skee, Teyana 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 first mixtape, The Misunderstanding of Teyana Taylor, to be released to her fans for free. The tape draws notable influences from 90s R&B/Soul legends like Lauryn Hill and Mary J. Blige. The tape was released in the first half of 2012, and has spawned two singles thus far, "Make Your Move (feat. Wale)" and "D.U.I. (feat. Jadakiss & Fabolous)," which was released on February 25, 2012. Reviews of the latter track noted 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".

After some time as an independent artist, and taking time to find herself as an artist and represent herself correctly in an artistic way, Teyana Taylor signed a joint deal with Kanye West's label G.O.O.D. Music and The Island Def Jam Music Group on June 14, 2012. Teyana had established a relationship with the whole G.O.O.D. family some time before her signing, particularly during the time she was asked to feature on Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. As part of G.O.O.D. Music, Taylor appears on the G.O.O.D. Music collaborative album, Cruel Summer, released September 18, 2012. 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 track called "Bliss." Of Taylor and Legend's duet on the album, 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 Taylor and Legend."

In addition to featuring on Cruel Summer, Teyana is currently in the process of recording her first major label debut album, to be released eventually through G.O.O.D. Music and The Island Def Jam Music Group. (Read More)

The Misunderstaning of Teyana Taylor Review 
Teyana Taylor just blasted out her new mixtape The Misunderstanding Of Teyana Taylor through her Twitter account. The project holds fifteen free tracks, with features from Wale, Fabolous, Jadakiss, Travis Porter and more. If you’re a fan of production this mixtape is also a force to be reckoned with, holding production from Hit Boy, DJ Mustard, Jukebox and others. The intro also features words from Lauryn Hill, who the project is inspired by. What are you waiting for? Download or stream this mixtape after the jump.


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