If you’re a Teyana Taylor fan, then you’ll probably agree that her long-awaited album, KTSE (Keep That Same Energy), was the most deserved G.O.O.D. Music release this June. After all, it has taken four years, several delays, standstills and literal radio silence before executive producer Kanye West gave the R&B singer the green light.
With the album finally out and opinions well and truly formed, it’s fair to ask: Did Teyana Taylor deserve more from G.O.O.D. Music?
Hell yes! The sheer fact that baby Junie’s mum is re-releasing the entire eight-track album just a week later only proves that.
What happened with Teyana Taylor’s album release?
Like Nicki Minaj to Young Money and Lil Kim to Junior M.A.F.I.A., Taylor is the First Lady of G.O.O.D. Music. Therefore her album release really shouldn’t have been clumped together with the likes of Nas, Pusha T, Kid Cudi and even West himself. These veteran, well-esteemed artists have been through the whole album release process umpteen times whether solo or with others.
KTSE is only Taylor’s second album. It deserves to stand out in its own right and fans probably wouldn’t have minded if the record was released at a later date.
Kanye and GOOD Music holding Teyana Taylor back.
She is the total package as an artist, she deserves better.
— T.J. (@LifestyleofTJ) June 23, 2018
Kanye West continues to prove he doesn’t see Teyana Taylor as a priority
— Ruby Redbone (@BJTheBlogger) June 23, 2018
Well, technically it did arrive at a later date… KTSE was due for release on a Friday just like all the other G.O.O.D. Music releases. However it was nowhere to be seen on the big day and dropped randomly in the early hours of Saturday (23 June).
Even Taylor was none the wiser regarding its whereabouts and was reportedly told by a friend that her album was out. Although, would you expect anything less working with the eternally unpredictable Kanye West?
The point is, releasing Taylor’s album at a later date probably would have afforded more time preventing all the screw-ups that happened with the initial release.
Oh, and there’s more. When Taylor was finally able to listen to the supposedly finished and mastered version of her album – with the rest of the world, mind – she was a little confused. Confused because particular samples were missing despite the whole delay reportedly down to West clearing these samples.
Missing is a Sade sample on the track Issues/Hold On while a cut of Lauryn Hill’s Lost Ones is meant to feature on Rose In Harlem.
Watch Teyana Taylor’s interview with Big Boy:
Addressing the frustrating situation, Taylor told Big Boy: “When the album dropped, I didn’t even know that much stuff wasn’t cleared.
“So when the album dropped and my friends woke me up like, ‘Yo, the album is out,’ like, I was excited, but I was also like, ‘Wait, does that mean they were able to get everything cleared?’ It was really just an honest misunderstanding of me thinking maybe some s**t happened overnight.”
It’s important to note that Taylor stated she isn’t solely blaming West but everyone involved.
Moving forward, Taylor promises that the real, completed version of KTSE offers “different levels of R&B”. But, it’s not that the current version is bad by any means… there are certainly some impressive cuts on the record.
Gonna Love Me is by far the standout track, richly smothered in a Delfonics sample and a nostalgic throwback to West’s genius at its best. It’s just one of Taylor’s more vulnerable moments along with Never Would Have Made It, which also peels back the layers of her tough exterior.
Of course KTSE is, at times, so brilliantly Teyana Taylor with WTP (Work That Pussy) a symbolisation of her fun and wacky character – cue equally wacky music video coming soon.
KTSE is a fine effort but the full version will undoubtedly serve as a better representation of the Taylor we’ve come to adore.
So while we do encourage everyone to Keep That Same Energy, G.O.O.D. Music shouldn’t. Where Teyana Taylor is concerned, they should do more.