There’s one number for R&B this year, and that’s VII. Titled after the immortal lucky number, Teyana Taylor’s album gives R&B a new kind of edge. Her immense vocals drive the sexy, seductive, and slick single “Maybe” featuring Yo Gotti and Pusha T to impressive heights.
It’s an undeniable banger emblematic of her raw talent and spirit. VII is bound to be quite the vent. In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Teyana Taylor talks “Maybe“, VII, her current tour with August Alsina, and so much more.
What’s the story behind “Maybe”?
“Maybe” was actually one of the last songs done on the album. Everything is slow and mid-tempo. We needed one of those club bangers. We wanted at least one. We heard a couple of tracks, and this one definitely stood out. I was like, “Alright, we need to do this”. Even though it’s a rap beat, it still had to be sexy. It had to be R&B. It couldn’t be just “flaunting what you have” and all that. It had to be sexy. We had to bring the R&B to it. When it was done, I thought, “Damn, this works”. We sent it to the label, and that’s it.
What’s it about lyrically?
I wanted it to be relatable. It comes from one of those moments where you’re in a club and “Drunk In Love” comes in and we all start singing Beyoncé. Or, we start reminiscing about a certain person and how someone makes us feel. That’s what the record is about. You’re drunk, and you start thinking of a lot of things. Maybe, it’s the Beyoncé playing in the club, or you’re just in love. That’s really what I was going for.
May 12th, 2014 will be a day to remember for Teyana Taylor. As today saw the radio premiere of the official first single from the Harlem-native singer’s forthcoming full-length debut album (coming out soon via Kanye’s G.O.O.D Music). ‘Maybe‘, featuring rappers Yo Gotti and Pusha T., was exclusively premiered on Monday morning via Power 105.1 FM’s ‘The Breakfast Club’. Listen to a radio rip below.
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