Teyana Taylor has shared the video for her new single, ‘We Got Love’, ft. Ms. Lauryn Hill, which is out now on Def Jam Recordings. You can check it out below.
Being a jack of trades has allowed Teyana Taylor to become a master of all. From her smoky melodic vocals to her dynamic dance moves, the entertainer dips in dives between her talents that also include producing, song-writing, acting, directing and everything in between. When it comes to describing herself, the Harlem native can only think of one word: Everything.
“I literally can do everything. I never look at anything as being impossible,” she explains. “I exhaust all options to make what happen when I need to make happen.” Her mantra made her an early favorite to artists like Pharrell, who she signed her first deal with, and later choreographed videos for artists like Beyonce and Jay-Z. Her love for the arts and R&B later earned her the title of the first woman signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music imprint.
Between R&B’s identity crisis in the 2010s, Taylor dropped her debut album VII, with tracks like ‘Maybe’ (featuring Yo Gotti and Pusha T) and the sultry ‘Just Different’ shaping her musical persona. The critically acclaimed album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart in 2014, cementing her position in today modern R&B field. “I fought for that raw, hood necessary R&B and now I feel like it’s better than ever,” she says.
After spicing up the R&B charts, Teyana Taylor was blessed with the arrival of her daughter Junie with husband and NBA star Iman Shumpert in 2015. “I do all of this for my baby. She’s who I do it for,” she says about Iman “Junie” Tayla Shumpert Jr., her main source of inspiration. “I always show her how to be a leader and a businesswoman. I want her to believe that she can be anything she wants to be and it not be a shocker that she’s a female doing it all.”
Soon after, Taylor went on to star in the internet-breaking video for Kanye West’s ‘Fade,’ and scored her first MTV Moonman for “Best Choreography” at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards.
But it wasn’t until the release of her sophomore project K.T.S.E. in June 2018 that the world experienced Taylor’s talents. With her all-female production company The Aunties, Teyana self-directed videos for ‘WTP,’ the Gold-selling single ‘Gonna Love Me,’ and recently, ‘Issues/Hold On.’ She has also directed videos for her peers like T.I. (‘You’), Monica (‘Commitment’) and Lil Duval (‘Pull Up’ featuring Ty Dolla $ign) with fans like Ms. Lauryn Hill and Elton John praising her boss moves.
“I’m working on me every day and I think that’s my purpose,” she says, comparing her life to a never-ending book. “I’m still going, still mastering and being a better me.”