Happy Birthday Teyana Taylor: Here’s Some TT Appreciation

Happy 30th birthday to the talented, sexy, entrepreneur, successful, director, producer, dancer, artist Teyana Taylor.

Sis is the shit and beyond and very much underappreciated. Recently, Spotify released their year end wrap up of analytics for artists and for us regular folks, the top artists we’ve listened to all year. Here’s Teyana’s below:

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Around this time, the Grammy nominations were announced and Teyana was not nominated….at all. Now let’s check the facts–According to Billboard “Album debuts at No. 6 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and No. 8 on the all-genre Billboard 200.” Her single “Wake Up Love” landed at #14 on the billboard charts; along with other non-singles “Boomin” featuring Missy and Future peaked at 21 on the charts, and “Morning” featuring Kehlani at number 15 on the charts. Her first week sales were 32,000.

As far as the Grammy nominations go; Chloe x Halle were nominated for Best Traditional R&B Performance, Best R&B Song, and Best Progressive album–they’re first week sales were 25,000.

New artist Giveon released an EP titled Take Time andddddd he was nominated for Best R&B Album, but not Teyana who actually released an album.

Dont get me wrong, I liked Giveon’s EP and Chloe x Halle’s album but i feel as if Teyana should have been nominated for Best R&B Album.

Let’s talk about her directing abilities. She’s directed all the videos from her current album including “We Got Love,” “Made It,” “Bare Wit Me,” “Wake Up Love,” “Still,” “1800-One-Night,” “Concrete,” and “Lose Each Other.” WHO do you know would do all that WHILE pregnant??

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With all these accomplishments and accolades, sis has decided to retire from music. She posted a message on her Instagram on Dec 4 that she felt underappreciated as an artist and was not getting much support from the machine aka her label.

A few days later she confirmed that her decision had nothing to do with not being nominated for a Grammy but more so directed towards her label. She explains that she puts in 110% and they only match 10% of that, which make sense because she is directing all her videos and her first week sales could’ve been better. If you are a TT fan, then you’ll follow her and her music but if you aren’t, having a supportive label behind you will help with gaining more fans and sales.

All I’m saying is–let TT go Def Jam! Sis can be successful without the machine, especially with her other talents like directing, dancing and acting.

Anywho, Happy Birthday TT. May you enjoy 30 years on this earth and finding peace of mind during your retirement.

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Grammys 2018: Who SHOULD’VE Won

I tuned in to the Grammys last night and I was happy about the performances buuuuuut disappointed at some of the wins.

For instance, I LOVE SZA, so of course I was rooting for her to win at least 1 out of the 5 Grammys she was nominated for, ESPECIALLY for Best New Artist, but for some reason….Alessia Care won. Alessia’s definitely been active in the music scene for about three ish years, versus SZA who’s been dropping low key EPs but had a BOOMING year in 2017. For the Best R&B performance category, even though SZA was nominated, it was a given that Bruno was going to win because…well he’s Bruno.

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For Best Urban Contemporary Album category, that was a toughy,  but I don’t think The Weeknd should’ve snagged that one and I listened to that album. I would’ve gave it to at least Childish Gambino, even Khalid and especially SZA. When you think about it…why wasn’t Kehlani’s SweetSexySavage album nominated under this category. I definitely LOVED that album and I had never listened to any of her music prior to that album. Also, why the helllllllllllllllllll wasn’t Heartbreak on a Full Moon nominated. We ALL know that Chris KILT the album. Yes, it was a lengthy album but well-deserving of a Grammy The category for Best R&B Album was a given because Bruno was in that category but I feel like 24k Magic wasn’t all R&B. It had funk in it, which is cool, but I feel like they put him in wayyyy too many categories.

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The Best Rap Performance was given to Kendrick Lamar for Humble, but he was in competition with Cardi  B for Bodak Yellow and Migos for Bad and Boujee. I would’ve been happier if one of the two won. Kendrick also won Best Rap/Sung Performance for Loyalty, Best Rap Song for Duckworth AND Best Rap Album for DAMN.  Of course I’m glad he won, “For The Culture” but damn…literally; Cardi, Migos and SZA could’ve snagged an award from those categories.

I will say that I liked Kendrick’s performance, it was dope AF. Ri Ri was shaking a lil something and my girl SZA sang one of my favs “Broken Clocks. Childish Gambino performed some song, and his vocals were on point! And OF COURSE Bruno & Cardi KILT their performance of Finesse Remix.

Overall review of the awards: good performances, not so good winners.

Danii Gold out ✌🏾