Kanye West debuted his music video for his latest single, “Fade,” at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards. Kanye isn’t in the video – the star is 25-year-old Teyana Taylor, who West signed to his GOOD Music label in 2012. In “Fade,” Taylor does a jaw dropping “Flashdance-esque” performance in nothing but a sports bra and thong, which highlights her stunning and incredibly athletic body. The video takes place in a gym, but it’s less about working out and more about working the dirty minds of everyone watching. Taylor’s husband, Cleveland Cavaliers basketball player Iman Shumpert, also makes an appearance in the video for a very sensual shower scene. You can watch the video on Tidal but it may make you sign up. I wouldn’t waste my time signing up for Tidal – it’s a waste of time and the video will be available everywhere soon. For now you can view it here and hopefully twitter doesn’t pull it:
Teyana Taylor was born in Harlem, New York, and one of Taylor’s first forays into the spotlight was, believe it or not, on MTV’s My Super Sweet Sixteen, so she’s really come full circle. Her first video appearance though was in 2007, when she was a background dancer for Jay Z’s “Blue Magic.” And in 2008, she debuted her first single, which was appropriately titled: “Google Me.” Kanye connected with Taylor back in 2010 while he was working on “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.” In an interview with Complex, Taylor said that Kanye originally sought her fashion advice for the video, but she was determined for him to notice her singing chops, too, so she hummed along. “I knew what I was doing,” she said. And it worked; West put her in the background.
Also note that her 2014’s VII hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. “Freak On,” produced by DJ Mustard featuring Chris Brown, came out this summer and may feature on her in-the-works next studio album, which doesn’t have a release date. What has a lot of people talking is the fact that Teyana just had her first baby less than a year ago. Here’s a photo she posted just days after giving birth:
Here are a few more photos of this talented and beautiful individual:
New Orleans ❤️…… Y'all made my first Mother's Day so magical for me!!! I love y'all!!! Thank you for crying, laughing, singing & dancing with me!! Such an emotional night!! I must come back! And big s/o to my boy @bob for stopping thru!!! #viiunpluggedtour #NOLA next stop- DALLAS U READYYYYYY TONIGHT????