Teyana Taylor says her retirement announcement was her last resort after she begged her record label owner, Kanye West, to drop her -- and he refused.
Teyana clarified that her retirement from music was a warning to her record label.
The R&B star took to Instagram on Friday, Dec. 4, to say she felt "super under appreciated as an artist." She added: "I'm retiring this chapter of my story with the comfort that i can depart with peace of mind seeing that all the hard work & passion put in was indeed loved & supported somewhere in the world!"
Teyana returned to Instagram for a Live session in which she told fans:
"The majority of what that post was to warn my label who I’ve been signed to for almost 10 years. Everything that you guys see of me, everything that I put out, everything that I do is 100 per cent me. There's no gun to anybody's head to do anything that they don’t want to do. So yes, I am going to feel under appreciated if I'm putting in 110 per cent and my label is giving me - they’re reciprocating, what, 10 per cent of that."
She claimed she asked her label - G.O.O.D Music/Def Jam - to drop her on more than one occasion, adding:
"The crazy part about it is I asked Def Jam to drop me on almost 10 different occasions, straight to their face, up in the building, at the table. Like, 'Yo, just drop me, because at this point, I can't let this kill me.'"
Teyana's headline-hitting antics was all the buzz this weekend. Her "retirement" was prompted after she was left stunned when her critically-acclaimed June release, The Album, failed to receive a single Grammy nomination for the 2021.
R&B star Teyana Taylor has apparently given up on becoming the next Monica of the music industry. She is hanging up her microphone after expressing her frustration at life as a "super under appreciated" artist.
The "Lose Each Other" singer was left fuming last month when her critically-acclaimed June release, The Album, failed to receive a single nomination for the 2021 Grammy Awards.
She took to Instagram on Friday, Dec. 4, to share her Spotify statistics for 2020, which revealed her music had been streamed 162.8 million times by 15.2 million listeners in 92 countries.
Thanking fans for their support, she said, "Wow, who did that? Y'all did that! Thank you..."
However, Teyana, who is signed to Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music, expressed her struggles to be recognized as a force in the music industry as she announced her plans to retire.
"I ain't gone front in times of feeling super under appreciated as a artist, receiving little to no real push from the 'machine', constantly getting the shorter end of the stick, being overlooked, I mean the list (goes) on and on lol.."
"I'm retiring this chapter of my story with the comfort that i can depart with peace of mind seeing that all the hard work & passion put in was indeed loved & supported somewhere in the world!"
Teyana, who turns 30 on Dec. 10, went on to suggest she wasn't quitting the entertainment industry altogether, adding:
"To all my supporters from day 1 & all my new ones I love you and I thank you for everything & don't worry y'all know all hustlers have the understanding that when one door closes another will open...either that or I'm pickin da locks petunia!!! So wassup".
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Pictured clockwise from top left: Singers Teyana Taylor, Jhené Aiko, Kehlani and Summer Walker cover Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Power Players issue.
All four ladies say the music industry is adapting slowly to their varying talents and, as a result, they don't get the radio airplay that their rap counterparts, such as Cardi B, enjoy.
R&B's marketshare is not as big as hip-hop, but it’s growing -- by 4.64% in market share compared with this time last year.
"Everyone has their own style and thing going on, but it's all the same truth," says Taylor, 29. "We're still women who have experienced love and heartbreak. It's dope to hear everyone express that truth in their different ways."
Aiko, a woman of color, says the biggest obstacle for her genre of pop/hip-hop is getting radio play. "The industry will still pigeonhole [my music], saying, 'Oh, this has to go to urban,'" says Aiko. "I'm like, 'Why?'"
But kehlani, 25, sees opportunity for her style of R&B/hip-hop to grow. "R&B keeps evolving, keeps getting cooler, more personal," she says.
"We'll always be here," says Taylor. "R&B is always going to be the realest bitch in the world."
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Singer Teyana Taylor gave birth to her second child, a sweet baby girl named Rue Rose.
The 29-year-old gave birth on Sunday morning at home in her bathroom -- the morning after her star-studded baby shower in Atlanta, Ga.
Her husband, NBA star Iman Shumpert confirmed in an Instagram post.
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"At 3:28 am on Sept 6th 2020 Rue Rose decided that the baby shower thrown for her and mommy was too lit. She didn't make the party but she managed to make the next day her birthdate!!!" Iman posted.
The girl dad added: "Now... when we buy homes, we always find a bathroom with great energy... but not in a million years would you be able to tell me we'd deliver both of our daughters in a bathroom without the assistance of a hospital!
"Our newest edition entered the world in the water and came out looking around and ready to explore! A healthy child. A little sister. Another daughter. Black love wins... again. Welcome babygirl... we love you!”
Teyana reposted Iman's post and added, "We love you Rue, welcome baby girl @babyruerose," along with a bunch of emojis.
Teyana's fans speculated about the meaning behind the baby's name.
"Rue" in French means street or lane. And in English literature, "rue" means to express sorrow or regret, such as in the sentence: "I rue the day he cheated on me."
Rue may be short for ruby or slang for "rouge", the color of cosmetics such as the red lipstick her mom favors.
The couple is also parents to four-year-old daughter Iman Shumpert Jr.
Teyana Taylor and her hubby Iman Shumpert celebrated her star-studded baby shower at the Gathering Spot in Atlanta on Saturday night.
Invited guests included LaLa Anthony, Karrueche Tran and Victor Cruz, Lori Harvey and her new beau Ben Da Donn; Karen Civil, Ming Lee, and more!
Kanye West dipped in and out so quickly that few guests spotted him at the bash.
Atlanta is wide open during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Atlanta is a Democratic stronghold but the clubs here are popping with club patrons not socially distancing or wearing face masks. Everyone feels safe because the coronavirus pandemic is over - at least in Atlanta!
Socialite Lori Harvey introduced her new man, Ben Da Donn, to her friends. Ben is a music producer and aspiring rapper. He is very tight friends with NFL star Odell Beckham Jr.
Other than that, Ben is a mystery. Check out his Instagram page.
Hannah Kang, co-owner of event planning firm MusicBusinessPolitics, designed the beautiful decor for Teyana's baby shower.
View more photos from the baby shower below. Photos courtesy of Thaddaeus McAdams @KeepitExclusive on Instagram.
Pregnant celebrities Ciara Wilson (left) and Teyana Taylor showed off their growing baby bumps in photos on their Instagram pages.
Teyana posed in a photo with her husband Iman Shumpert and their daughter, Iman Shumpert, Jr.
Ciara is an aspiring photographer who arranges her own photo shoots and takes the photos herself by using a timer on her camera.
Comedian Kevin Hart's pregnant wife Eniko Hart also shared photos of her baby bump on social media.
The couple is expecting their second child, a girl. The glowing homemaker captioned her photos: "Rise & Shine
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Winnie Harlow has a reputation for having a nasty attitude. An industry insider called out Harlow for rudely shoving her on the way to the open (free) bar at Teyana Taylor's listening party.
Marketer and music-industry insider Dimplez Ijeoma tweeted that she had "the wildest encounter" with the runway model at a listening party for Taylor's new album in Los Angeles.
Ijeoma tweeted: "Had the wildest encounter with @WinnieHarlow... crazy how someone so pretty could be so ugly--as a human being. God bless her."
Harlow responded to the tweet, asking "what happened?"
Ijeoma responded, tweeting: "Oh you know... pushing me out the way as you bulldozed your way to the front of a drink line. Having your manager call our mutual friend to ask me to take the tweet down. Typical mean girl BS. Be blessed."
Ileoma added: "Listen... Trey Songz de-escalated me IMMEDIATELY. b/c I was 2 seconds away from snatching her by the faux locs."
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Harlow replied, saying she was drunk and apologizing for the intrusion.
"My love we were all tipsy. If I pass you to the bar it wasn't on purpose, it was an open bar." She added, "I apologize if I’ve made you feel [that] way. That definitely [was] not my intent."
Harlow denied having her manager call anyone.
"I've just woken up to this [message]. I didn't have anyone do anything."
Ijeoma's followers overwhelmingly agreed that Harlow has an attitude problem.
Teyana Taylor dropped her highly anticipated third LP, THE ALBUM, today (Juneteenth) via G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings.
The Album (features collabos with special guests Rick Ross, Erykah Badu, Quavo, Missy Elliott, Future, Big Sean, Ms. Lauryn Hill, and more!
Listen: Stream The Album here.
Tapped by Pitchfork as one of the "most anticipated albums of the summer," THE ALBUM also features Teyana's new graduation anthem "Made It," pegged by NPR as a "a triumphant, isolation-proof anthem for the Class of 2020," the Janet
Jackson-approved viral sensation "Bare Wit Me", the Kanye West-produced "We Got Love.", and "How You Want It? (HYWI?)" featuring King Combs.
Since 2018’s KTSE, Teyana's star has continued to rise; from her successful career as video director and continued investment in her production company, The Aunties, to her acting and modeling career, to a string of scintillating self-directed singles and videos, including "Morning" with Kehlani.
THE ALBUM is poised to take her to the next level.
In 2015, Teyana was blessed with the arrival of her daughter Junie with husband and NBA star Iman Shumpert. "I do all of this for my baby. She's who I do it for," she says about Iman "Junie" Tayla Shumpert Jr., her main source of inspiration.
"I always show her how to be a leader and a businesswoman. I want her to believe that she can be anything she wants to be and it not be a shocker that she's a female doing it all."
Source: From a Press release
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Cardi B took her 2-year-old daughter Kulture to attend Teyana Taylor's exclusive album listening party for her new album entitled The Album.
Cardi looked chic as she sported a custom canary yellow hazmat suit created for Teyana’s guests. Cardi's husband Offset arrived later and the three enjoyed their time with Teyana's family and friends who attended the listening party.
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Cardi dressed Kulture in a Pride jumper. The toddler nodded off early since she was up past her bedtime. Offset embraced his sleeping daughter and smiled for the camera. The guests wore custom hazmat suits and custom face masks during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
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Other party guests included NBA Lakers star Kyle Kuzma and his girlfriend, model Winnie Harlow.
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Karruche Tran attended the party with a mystery man. Last we heard, she's dating Victor Cruz.
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Teyana Taylor revealed she and her husband Iman Shumpert's pregnancy with their second child. The former child star revealed the news in her new video for "Wake Up Love" featuring Iman, daughter Iman Shumpert Jr., aka Junie, and a special guest.
Iman helped Teyana deliver Junie on their bathroom floor.
"Wake Up Love" is the latest in a string of singles from Teyana's eagerly anticipated new project, The Album.
Tapped by Pitchfork as one of the "most anticipated albums of the summer," The Album also features Teyana's new graduation anthem "Made It," pegged by NPR as "a triumphant, isolation-proof anthem for the Class of 2020," the Janet Jackson-approved viral sensation "Bare Wit Me", the Kanye West-produced "We Got Love", and "How You Want It? (HYWI?)" featuring King Combs.