Talking About Meeting Pharrell
Teyana: Sure, I was actually set up to sing for Kevin Liles, which is the Vice President of the A&R department at Universal. It was kind of off guard because I found out the same day that I was just riding my skateboard. He was like, “Alright, come here;” he wanted a meeting. So I’m just in my Converse and my skateboard. I walked in and he was just looking and they were like, “This is Teyana” and he was like “Oh really?” I sung and rapped to him and he was like, “Wow. If you had five people to work with who would it be?” And the first three names were Pharrell.
The next day he called me and said that I had a meeting with Pharrell that Thursday, the same day Pharrell was up here [New York] for the Good Morning [America] show. So that’s when they set me up with Pharrell and I had went down to the hotel and I sung and rapped to him and we just took it from there. It was crazy because we actually had on the same exact sneakers in the same exact color. He was like, “Hey, I like your sneakers.” I was like, “Yeah, I like yours too.” It’s amazing. It’s fun; we play fight, we wrestle. It’s just like the normal stuff a brother and sister would do. We have our ups and downs, but we always come together. That’s just stuff that family [does]. He’s like my big brother.
Talking About The Upcoming Album
Teyana: Well for my album, it’s called From A Planet Called Harlem, it’s kind of like my own world of Harlem world. It’s like us coming together and collaborating. Everyone who wants to visit says, “Yeah, I want to go to New York!” We got that swag. From the walk to the talk to the way we dress. It’s kind of like our own little planet. So, I named the album From A Planet Called Harlem and it’s so dope because I worked with so many different producers with so many different styles. So, my music is coming from so many different directions as far as rapping, urban, rock, a little bit of jazz. It’s really, really a great little look and there a lot of different great songs. I worked with The Neptunes on one of my songs. I worked with Hit Boy, he’s young, he’s nineteen. He did five of the songs on my album. I worked with Mad Scientist, Jazze Pha; I worked with Kelis. Now you get a little vibe of all the different sounds. My album drops May 20th.
Teyana Taylor – From A Planet Called Harlem (2008) (May 20th)
Producers & Guests: Hit Boy, The Neptunes, Jazze Pha, Bangladesh, Mad Scientist, Kelis, Frost, Shondre…
– Color Me Pink
– Young Girl
– Traffic Stop
– Google Me (Jazze Pha)
– Switch It Up (Neptunes)
– Good Enough
– Naah Mean
– Rock Star (Jazze Pha)
Teyana Taylor – Google Me feat. Jazze Pha (2008)