Iman Shumpert Explains What Wife Teyana Taylor's Cat Face Means in Kanye West's 'Fade' Video

Iman Shumpert
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Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert poses during a NBA basketball media day on Sept. 26, 2016 in Independence, Ohio.

He also shares his go-to pre-season playlist.

Yes, Cleveland Cavalier Iman Shumpert is a reigning NBA champ -- but the 26-year-old doubles as basketball’s premier music connoisseur. Between appearing in fellow Chicagoan Kanye West’s “Fade” video with his wife, Teyana Taylor, and updating his own SoundCloud (he’s an aspiring MC), Shumpert shared his go-to jams before the season kicks off tonight (Oct. 25).

What’s your favorite pre-game pump-up?
Vic Mensa, “Danger.” That song just has me in my bag right now.

What’s your favorite Kanye song?
“Flashing Lights.” It resonates with me differently, from the beat to the lyrics. I know that story.

What’s your go-to date night jam?
Mick Jenkins, “Your Love.” I play it so much -- my wife requests it on the drive to the movies.

What song do you sing in the shower and why?
"Fade” haha -- it's the glo. Was really happy about Kanye using Teyana to display his vision for the song. Really opened my ears to what the meaning of the song was.

What, to you, is the meaning of the video (with Teyana’s cat face, etc)?
Teyana in her purest form -- nude -- but being her most fierce self, a lioness, after washing off the past she had to work through alone.

What’s the best and worst thing about being engaged to someone in the music industry?
Best thing about it is our ability to inspire and encourage "young love." Worst thing is at times there is really no privacy. But I'm pretty happy with the wife I chose.

What’s the song that inspired you to start rapping and why?
No particular song. I just always liked telling my story and was always good with words. 

When can fans expect your first full-length project?
Not sure what's considered full, but I will be releasing something fairly soon. 

This article originally appeared in the Oct. 29 issue of Billboard.


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