Teyana Taylor takes her reputation as hip-hop’s renaissance woman very seriously. When the 22-year-old it girl isn’t dropping a new shoe line such as her popular Adidas sneaker, the Harlem GLC, she is flexing her acting chops in the upcoming BET film The Start-up, starring alongside budding rapper and reality show personality Diggy Simmons. But for many in Taylor’s eclectic fanbase, it’s all about the music.
The rapper/singer—who previously was signed to Pharrell Williams’ Star Trak Entertainment—is currently working on her debut album for Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music imprint. And according to Taylor, the release is finally set for this year. “Right now we are looking at a summer release,” she said to VIBE of her upcoming work, which comes months after her appearance in West’s black and white video for the hit single “Mercy.” “Whatever doesn’t make the album we will use for my mixtape. We are not going to put any song to waste.”
Read why she feels Kanye’s “Hottest MCs” rant was valid over at VIBE.