Teyana Taylor is all grown up and her album “VII” is definitely proof that the “Google Me” singer and G.O.O.D. Music artist has a lot more to offer the entertainment industry than great bone structure and a nice kick game. I was first introduced to Teyana Taylor in 2007 via MTV’s “My Super Sweet Sixteen”. It would be four years later (2011) when Taylor would cross my musical radar with the release of her rendition of “Marvin’s Room” – “ Her Room”. Her efforts on “Cruel Summer” in 2012 kept my attention, but it wasn’t until the Testimony Live Tour that I received my affirmation to add her body of work into my rotation. That decision on that fateful day has been a great one.
With the release of her new album “VII”, my Bose system hasn’t heard a sound so sexy from a female artist in a while. Enlisting Brian Kennedy, The Mekanics and other great producers created the sensual body of work that is “VII”. The sound is airy, equipped with flirtatious melodies and seductive lyrics. “Just different” is a full –bodied production that has old school flavor with new school taste. My fave for now happens to be the song “Request”. Hypnotic melody, passion filled chords -the song is all about giving her man whatever he wants. He just has to ask for it. “ Broken Hearted Girl” (feat. Fabolous) is a licentious ballad that I did not expect. This song is all about getting what she wants without the attachment. However what she wants happens to be someone else’s man. Another hot track is “Sorry”. Her soul-filled vocals explain the story of a failed relationship. Tracks such as “Put Your Love On” and “Maybe” (feat. Pusha T and Yo Gotti) encompass a more up-tempo beat, but do not fail to give the listener the same symmetry of carnal pleasure and smoothness as the other songs.
Push T, Yo Gotti and Fabolous are not the only one’s to appear on the songbird’s album. The steamy track “Do Not Disturb” features the vocals of Chris Breezy and will more than likely be a song many will use to take chill night to hype night. “Business” is the song that reiterates the concept of discretion. “In the Air” and “Outta My League” are solid joints as well. All in all, “VII” is solid.
The wait is finally over and the composition could not be any more elegantly comprised. Displaying her talent, this album offers a different side of Teyana.
I wonder if art really imitates life? Hmmm