In the midst of her 24-city joint tour alongside Jeremih and DaniLeigh, Teyana Taylor carved out some time to grace the cover of Playboy‘s September/October issue. The sexy photo shoot coincides with a revealing interview in which the R&B singer details her enduring musical journey, challenges as a mother and much more.
The 27-year-old unleashed her highly anticipated K.T.S.E. LP back in June, featuring thumping production solely from Kanye West. Even though the eight-track project holds a 22-minute runtime, the adventurous R&B album finds Taylor searching for her seat at the forefront of the genre’s table. “Everybody knows, as far as the music side, it’s been a long journey for me — which it has been for any person who’s great in the industry,” she shared.
Teyana has been a fixture in music, and her innate fearlessness has allowed her to thrive in numerous creative endeavors outside of singing. “I have a leader vibe about me,” she said. “Because I was homeschooled, I had no choice but to raise my hand even if I didn’t want to. But I was fearless, pure, raw,” the VII artist admits. “I would see groups of people dancing, and instead of joining in, I would actually want to make up the moves. I’ve always been a person that wants not just to do it; I want to be it.”
She makes sure to warn emerging artists entering the music business to take the proper precautions to not be taken advantage of. “Being in the business of this dirty, dirty game, I had to grow up pretty fast,” Teyana says. “You gotta be careful. You got to know what’s going on, because some people are intimidated that you know too much at a young age. Patience has been my biggest challenge.
The “Fade” video star culminated her ride by returning home to dominate NYC’s PlayStation Theater with an electric performance Monday night (Aug. 13). “NYC, I left it all on that stage. You accept me flaws & all & I never would’ve made it without you. Yesterday was truly magical,” she wrote on Instagram following the performance.
Read Teyana’s interview in full and check out the seductive photo shoot over at Playboy.