Just weeks after the birth of her second child, Teyana Taylor has shared another exciting new arrival: the latest video off her acclaimed new full-length, The Album. The nearly 5-minute-long clip for “1800-One-Night” was inspired by the adult phone lines of the 90s, and features plenty of humor, plus a heavy dose of stylistic throwbacks.
The video for the slow jam stars Taylor, alongside comedian Vena Excell, singer/model Nzinga Imani, makeup artist and actress/model/dancer Japanesefaces, and dancer, creative director, and producer Coco Gilbert. As with the majority of her highly-creative visuals, the short film was directed by Taylor (aka “Spike Tee”) and produced by her all-female team at The Aunties. Taylor posted the video on Instagram earlier today, captioning, “This was so much fun!!!!!”
“1800-One-Night” marks the latest cut of The Album, and follows Taylor’s emotional single “Still,” as well as “Bare Wit Me,” “We Got Love,” “How You Want It? (HYWI?)” featuring King Combs, “Wake Up Love,” and the graduation anthem, “Made It,” which was featured on President Obama’s summer playlist.
Praised by the NME as “Well worth the wait,” The Album marks Taylor’s first Top Ten debut on the Billboard 200. The 23-track LP features a wealth of guest talent, including Erykah Badu, Quavo, Rick Ross, Kehlani, Missy Elliott, Future, Big Sean, and Lauryn Hill, among others.
Earlier this summer, Taylor was named Video Director of the Year at the virtual 2020 BET Awards. The multi-talented artist, who was the only female nominee in the category, later spoke to WWD about her love of directing – both for her own projects and for outside collaborators. “One thing that I’ve always been very, very good at is helping others and creating for others,” she told the publication. “I enjoy getting their vision out, because I know how it feels to maybe not be super technical, but to also know what you want.”
She added, “My job as a director is to be that happy medium. I want to be that gap in between, to let them know you have someone here who understands you, and understands exactly what it is you’re trying to do and exactly what it is you’re trying to get across.”
The Album is available now and can be bought here.