Harlem visionary Teyana Taylor has been the topic of every conversation, after her amazing performance in Kanye West’s FADE video, which spontaneously premiered at the 2016 MTV Video Music Award’s. Although Taylor has been a multitalented force in the music industry for a while, it seems like the world was opened to her true potential and greatness during the debut at the award show. It was a reminder to those who have been sleeping on the 25 year old gem, to wake the hell up!
As if being an artist/entertainer wasn’t enough, Teyana manages to balance first time motherhood, a healthy relationship with fiance and Cleveland Cavalier Iman Shumpert perfectly, making her pretty much a superhuman. She recently opened up about all of the success behind the video, and praise she has been receiving from fans, including celebrities world wide. Teyana expressed to Vogue:
“I was literally shaking because Kanye is very secretive when it comes to projects that he’s very interested in. We hadn’t even seen the video before last night. So when I heard that the video was going to be premiering at the VMAs, I was like “Oh my god, it’s tonight! Do I look good? Do I look great? Is he going to change his mind and not premiere it?” At that point I had already told all of my family, but even when he went onstage and I saw him, I thought he might just wind up doing something completely different because you just never know with Kanye.”
It has been a long time coming for the Harlemite, who first graced our screens on MTV’s hit series My Sweet 16, and later showed her potential following her singing and dancing career with Pharrell Williams in 2007. She later signed with Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music’s imprint in 2012 and the rest is history. Taylor continued to speak of the emotion overload she experienced, having witnessed the epic performance herself, for the first time:
“I was shaking. I was on Twitter and Instagram, but my phone was shaking because my hand was shaking. I was so nervous because it was really a do-or-die moment. I’ve worked so hard and I didn’t know that that moment was going to be that huge because I didn’t have time to mentally prepare. But it was dope that I was able to really sit back and really take in the whole moment. It’s emotional because I’ve been in the industry for so long and I’ve never understood why certain things weren’t happening. And now I feel like my story, everything that I’ve been through, makes this moment so much more special. Though it took so long for this to happen, I don’t feel like it could’ve happened at a better time.”