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VII

Teyana Taylor

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Back in 2008, Harlem-bred Teyana Taylor was a teenager signed to Star Trak. While with the Neptunes' label, she released only one single, the Jazze Pha-produced "Google Me." It was an attitudinal trifle that barely scraped Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop chart. Apart from some background moves, like the co-writing of Chris Brown's "So Cold," Taylor's career stalled. During a meeting to appraise some couture obtained by Kanye West, she got to hear the rapper/producer's in-the-making My Dark Beautiful Twisted Fantasy and added her own runs and embellishments as she listened. When Taylor left the premises, she had recorded vocals for some of the album's tracks. West eventually signed Taylor to his Def Jam-supported GOOD label, then had her appear on three Cruel Summer tracks, including compilation highlight "Bliss," where she duetted with John Legend. In June 2014, Taylor released "Maybe," her second proper solo single and likely what she'd prefer to call her real debut single. The slinking, atmospheric slow jam is filled with as much attitude as her 2008 single but replaces youthful swagger with something more grown. Her newly refined approach is seductive and don't-you-dare-cross-me at once. More importantly, the song made it evident that she was no joke as a singer. "Business" and "Do Not Disturb," additional previews of VII, followed as singles. The former is particularly great, with its creeping bassline, lurching drums, and gauzy effects -- co-produced by Brian Kennedy and Mr. Franks, presumably not Zen songsmith Michael Franks -- an ideal frame for Taylor's response to involvement in a mutually on-the-rebound tryst. The part-reggae "Put Your Love On" comes off like an Estelle castoff, but VII otherwise sticks with high-quality slow jams where Taylor's casually commanding, faintly coarse approach is in full effect. There's evidence that she has studied the classics, like the point in "Broken Hearted Girl" where she quotes Teena Marie, and the quietly dazzling, Janet Jackson-like way in which she conveys longing throughout "Request." At the same time, she leaves a mark of her own with this, one of 2014's superb debuts.
© Andy Kellman /TiVo

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1
Outta My League Interlude
00:01:11

Teyana Taylor, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Stacy Barthe, ComposerLyricist - Anthony Kilhoffer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Christopher Umana, ComposerLyricist - Eric Bellinger, ComposerLyricist - Jaramye Daniels, ComposerLyricist - Uforo Ebong, ComposerLyricist - Kyle Ross, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kyle Owens, ComposerLyricist - Akil King, ComposerLyricist - Baruch Nembhard, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - L&F, Producer - Tarron Crayton, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Cameron Chambers, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2014 Getting Out Our Dreams, Inc./Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Just Different
00:03:44

James Fauntleroy, ComposerLyricist - Teyana Taylor, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Britney Jackson, ComposerLyricist - Anthony Kilhoffer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kyle Ross, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Craig Balmoris, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Julian Nixon, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Garnett Flynn, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2014 Getting Out Our Dreams, Inc./Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Request
00:03:57

Teyana Taylor, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Eric Johnson, ComposerLyricist - Anthony Kilhoffer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Anesha Birchett, ComposerLyricist - Antea Shelton, ComposerLyricist - Kyle Ross, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Baruch Nembhard, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric "Smash" Johnson, Producer

℗ 2014 Getting Out Our Dreams, Inc./Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Do Not Disturb Explicit
00:04:12

Chris Brown, FeaturedArtist, ComposerLyricist - Teyana Taylor, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Anthony Kilhoffer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - John Webb, ComposerLyricist - The Order, Producer - Jaramye Daniels, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Kyle Ross, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Soko, ComposerLyricist - Andre Proctor, ComposerLyricist - Rasool diaz, ComposerLyricist - Kyle Owens, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Akil King, ComposerLyricist - Michael Piazza, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Jaipur, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2014 Getting Out Our Dreams, Inc./Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Broken Hearted Girl Explicit
00:04:28

Teyana Taylor, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Fabolous, FeaturedArtist - JOHN JACKSON, ComposerLyricist - Matthew Samuels, ComposerLyricist - Anthony Kilhoffer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Bellinger, ComposerLyricist - Mary Brocket, ComposerLyricist - Boi-1da, Producer - Nikhil Seetharam, Producer, Additional Producer, ComposerLyricist - Kyle Ross, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Baruch Nembhard, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2014 Getting Out Our Dreams, Inc./Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
It Could Just Be Love Interlude
00:01:29

Teyana Taylor, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Andrew Scott, ComposerLyricist - Anthony Kilhoffer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Courtney Harrell, ComposerLyricist - Harmony Samuels, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Kyle Ross, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Erika Hamilton, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Jaipur, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael "Pizza" Piazza, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2014 Getting Out Our Dreams, Inc./Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Put Your Love On
00:02:15

Teyana Taylor, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Carmen Reece, ComposerLyricist - Anthony Kilhoffer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Courtney Harrell, ComposerLyricist - Harmony Samuels, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Kyle Ross, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Shaé Jacobs, ComposerLyricist - Baruch Nembhard, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harmony "H-Money" Samuels, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2014 Getting Out Our Dreams, Inc./Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Maybe Explicit
00:04:04

Terrence Thornton, ComposerLyricist - Mario Mims, ComposerLyricist - Teyana Taylor, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Pusha T, FeaturedArtist - Anthony Kilhoffer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Yo Gotti, FeaturedArtist - The Order, Producer - Jaramye Daniels, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Brian Soko, ComposerLyricist - Andre Proctor, ComposerLyricist - Rasool diaz, ComposerLyricist - Akil C. King, ComposerLyricist - Kyle Owens, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Michael Piazza, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Jaipur, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2014 Getting Out Our Dreams, Inc./Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Dreams Explicit
00:03:21

Teyana Taylor, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Anthony Kilhoffer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jaramye Daniels, ComposerLyricist - Iman Shumpert, ComposerLyricist - ALLEN RITTER, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Kyle Ross, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jonathan Lauture, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Akil C. King, ComposerLyricist - Kyle Owens, ComposerLyricist - Kyle Resto, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2014 Getting Out Our Dreams, Inc./Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Sorry
00:04:05

Teyana Taylor, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Robert Thomas, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Vidal Davis, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Dan Tobiason, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anthony Kilhoffer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Anesha Birchett, ComposerLyricist - Antea Shelton, ComposerLyricist - Kyle Ross, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Brendan Morawski, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2014 Getting Out Our Dreams, Inc./Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
Business Explicit
00:03:15

Teyana Taylor, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Brian Kennedy, Producer, Co-Producer - Brian Kennedy Seals, ComposerLyricist - Anthony Kilhoffer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Samuel Jean, ComposerLyricist - Kyle Ross, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Franks, ComposerLyricist - Baruch Nembhard, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2014 Getting Out Our Dreams, Inc./Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
In The Air Explicit
00:02:50

Teyana Taylor, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Anthony Kilhoffer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kyle Ross, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Blvck Amsterdam, Producer - Baruch Nembhard, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Gabriel Stephen Blizman, ComposerLyricist - Adam Miller Piccoli, ComposerLyricist - Keira Janai, ComposerLyricist - Moses Georges, ComposerLyricist - Mixx Production, Producer

℗ 2014 Getting Out Our Dreams, Inc./Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

Back in 2008, Harlem-bred Teyana Taylor was a teenager signed to Star Trak. While with the Neptunes' label, she released only one single, the Jazze Pha-produced "Google Me." It was an attitudinal trifle that barely scraped Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop chart. Apart from some background moves, like the co-writing of Chris Brown's "So Cold," Taylor's career stalled. During a meeting to appraise some couture obtained by Kanye West, she got to hear the rapper/producer's in-the-making My Dark Beautiful Twisted Fantasy and added her own runs and embellishments as she listened. When Taylor left the premises, she had recorded vocals for some of the album's tracks. West eventually signed Taylor to his Def Jam-supported GOOD label, then had her appear on three Cruel Summer tracks, including compilation highlight "Bliss," where she duetted with John Legend. In June 2014, Taylor released "Maybe," her second proper solo single and likely what she'd prefer to call her real debut single. The slinking, atmospheric slow jam is filled with as much attitude as her 2008 single but replaces youthful swagger with something more grown. Her newly refined approach is seductive and don't-you-dare-cross-me at once. More importantly, the song made it evident that she was no joke as a singer. "Business" and "Do Not Disturb," additional previews of VII, followed as singles. The former is particularly great, with its creeping bassline, lurching drums, and gauzy effects -- co-produced by Brian Kennedy and Mr. Franks, presumably not Zen songsmith Michael Franks -- an ideal frame for Taylor's response to involvement in a mutually on-the-rebound tryst. The part-reggae "Put Your Love On" comes off like an Estelle castoff, but VII otherwise sticks with high-quality slow jams where Taylor's casually commanding, faintly coarse approach is in full effect. There's evidence that she has studied the classics, like the point in "Broken Hearted Girl" where she quotes Teena Marie, and the quietly dazzling, Janet Jackson-like way in which she conveys longing throughout "Request." At the same time, she leaves a mark of her own with this, one of 2014's superb debuts.
© Andy Kellman /TiVo

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