I tell ya kiddies…There’s nothing better than good conversation over some banging chicken wings with hot sauce!!
Two days ago I sat down at Roscoe’s chicken and waffles in LA with recording artist and Pharell Williams protege, Teyana Taylor. No publicist, no manager and no holds barred!!! Although she’s only officially released one single “Google Me,” Teyana Taylor has become one of the most talked about new artists. She’s made fast friends with a slew of industry power players and has managed to build relationships with a handful of A-list music artists. This is why certain people have questioned ‘Who is Teyana Taylor and what does she do?’ She didn’t come across as a “Ms. Goodie Too Shoes” but rather as an ambitious young woman with big dreams, who is comfortable in her skin and is being true to herself. Soon after spending time with Teyana Taylor I realized just how creative, energetic, and business minded she is.
Teyana greeted me by asking where she could get a Shenaynay wig because she and her assistant Davon are planning to dress up as Shenaynay and Keylolo from “Martin” for Halloween. Over the course of the next hour Teyana opened up to me about her sexual preference and virginity, rumors about her relationship with Chris Brown, her secret crush and more. For all of you who’ve asked the question “What exactly does she do?” I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find out she does a whole helluva lot…..especially to be only 18 years old. Enjoy!…..
POP THE HOOD FOR THE INTERVIEW…….
Are you an only child?
Yes…I mean no. I’m an only child on my mom’s side, she was a single parent. I have 2 brothers and a lil sister on my father’s side. (Like many of us, Teyana’s father wasn’t around much in her life.) My older brother Rich is 19, I’m 18, my younger brother Tito is 17 about to be 18, and my little sister diamond is 11 or 12. You see me and my brothers are tight in age…..you see what I’m getting at? My dad was pretty much out there with the women. I’m cool with all of my dad’s baby mothers though… and my dad just had another baby by another shorty. Sometimes I think, man how you gonna keep having babies when u can’t take care of the ones you got?? Lolol… and he’s only like 35 or 36 years old.
Well I’m addicted to Jimmy Neutron cartoons and donuts. I’m really a fat kid at heart. I eat everything!!!!! But at least I workout and dance alot too. People always ask how I stay so skinny . Its because I do leglifts on the treadmill. That’s how you get a six pack.
Leglifts on a treadmill TT? How do u do that without busting ya azz???
By holding onto the bars. ( I give her a side eye) Hello!!! I’m no hater. I’ll tell ya how to get my body. Some people wanna be selfish and keep all that stuff to themselves. If someone asks me, I’ll tell em that is how you get a six pack of abs.
You’re a twitter maniac lady, over the past 3 months we’ve seen pictures posted on twitter by either you, Chris Brown, or Soulja Boy. These pics of course prompted rumors that maybe you were dating both of them, first Chris and then Soulja. Was there any truth to the rumors?
Yeh I know. I mean No…no. Chris is my brother. I’ve always said that. People say a lot of things about me and I’m like I’m only 18. Really??? Is it that serious? People have said I was gay and all type of stuff.
Hmm I didn’t hear that one…
Yeh some bloggers, well not really bloggers, but the commenters have said that about me. How can I be gay if I’m still a virgin? .
Wait Wait Wait…your still a virgin?? I’m really happy to hear that.
Yes. The one thing people can never say is that I’m a hoe. I have a purity ring. The only time you get in trouble is if you attempt to do something. If your laying up on a boy then something is going to happen. So I just keep my legs closed until I am ready for that. I can’t have a boyfriend because the only thing they want to do is have sex. I don’t want no fingers up there, no penis, nothing!!! Uh uh (shaking her head no).
You know many young girls think that virginity is lame and promiscuity is cool. They succumb to peer pressure and then find themselves in grown folks situations that they aren’t equipped to handle. So I’m pleasantly surprised to hear that you have your head on straight.
Egypt I even try to teach these girls. I hold bible study class at St. Lukes church in Harlem when I’m home. I actually teach the class because I want them to know its okay to praise God and keep your legs closed. I’m just trying to be a good example right now. It’s funny because when I had my 18th birthday I wore this Herve Lager dress and peeps were like Whoaaaaa Teyana. I guess that’s because I always try to dress my age, I just started wearing dresses so they were shocked. But that night I had to make people know that if I want to get on my girlie stuff then I will do that. These female artists need to know that if and when I’m ready to bust out and throw it on….Be afraid…..be very afraid!! (laughs) But I want to be a good example. I’m a lady and I think people respect that.
You mentioned negative blogs earlier. Do you think you’ve been getting a fair shake on the net?
Not really, like a while back I took up for Chris Brown and got called a dumb bitch by Perez Hilton. I mean that was crazy. He got mad because I wouldn’t respond back to him. He just wanted the publicity and he is not gonna get it on my back. I took up for Chris because he was my friend and my brother even before the Rihanna stuff. I’m not gonna leave him because he made a mistake.
What do you think about Chris’ decision to go on the radio recently and talk about that night with Rihanna. Was it a wise decision?
I feel like every decision he made was right. He had to go on and talk about the situation because no one heard his side. I don’t condone what he did. It’s never right to hit a woman. But I’m gonna be by his side anyway.
Recently, a certain radio personality put you on blast by asking “What exactly does Teyana Taylor do?”, as if to question your relevance. A few other websites have mistakenly called you a rapper. Do you want to respond?
Yeh I know who your talking about and when it happened I was like Wow!! That’s just so fake because he was just smiling in my face before that….but nevermind that. Here’s the deal. I have a Lipgloss line coming out called “Dope lips.” We are still developing it but I’m excited because we have ‘Salute The Nude’ under the lipgloss line for all the girls who like nude colors. It will come in all different shades. The website is www.DopeLips.com
I’m a Songwriter too, I’m about to write for Blackstreet and Usher. I wrote a Timbaland track for Usher, Teddy Riley heard it and said “That’s crazy!! If Usher don’t want it then bring it here.” So now I’m about to write for their album. I’m writing stuff with Chris Brown, Omarion, oh and I’m about to start getting in with Brandy too. So I am really heavy into songwriting.
I have my own publishing company called “I Am McLovin Publishing”. I am also hosting the Jamaican Awards (YVA) in Kingston in February because the kids in Jamaica love me. I didn’t even realize I had so many Jamaican Fans. I’m in the newest Source magazine with Yung Money on the cover and I’m about to do the covers of Persona and Bleu Magazines. I’m a model too! I modeled for Zac Posen and Deisel during “Fashion Week” in Miami. And I did a campaign for “Married to the Mob.”
Wait a minute, how tall are you?
(laughs) 5 foot 7. I’m 5 foot 7 Egypt. But I feel taller and I have a tall personality. (very true) Also, me, Chris brown and his brother just started a rock band called “Ugly”. People have said “Teyana you can’t do that” but I say “yes you can.” Shoooot, Gwen Stefani did it! She did her Gwen Stefani solo stuff and her band with “No Doubt” and they both worked. It’s just another creative extension of me.
Dang Gina!! You really do have alot on your plate. You mentioned starting a rock band, which genre of music is the real expression of you?? R&B or Rock?
Poprock music is a real expression of me and who I am. I like the Jets, Sade, The Debarges. I mean I am a very old soul. I don’t know who’s in there (points to her head) but I am olllllllllllld. I still love Drake and everybody but Teenie marie is my shiiiiiiiittt….Teena marie honeyyyyyyy (busts out singing “Portuguese Love” and everybody at the table joins in singing “say u love me, say you love me ba-bay, Por-tu-gues-e ” we all bust out laughing.) And I love Billie holiday and all the old jazz. …….Oh btw Egypt, just adding to what you asked before. I am an artist developer as well. I’m also designing for Kanye’s women’s line, and I’m about to be in a major movie but I can’t talk about it yet.
You told me you’re a virgin, but certainly you have a crush on someone. Every teenage girl has a crush…Who is it?
I had a crush on Chris Paul (NBA) but I hit up La La (Alani Vasquez) and she gave me all the basketball scoop. She said he has a girl and lives with her in New Orleans. My crush was over in 2.5 seconds flat because I don’t want noooooo drama. He’s a nice guy and he’s just my friend now. Shia lebouf is my baby daddy though!
Shia LeBouf?? Why does everyone love him so much???
I am ride or die for Shia. I’ve loved him from “Even Steven”, “Men in Black”, “Holes”, all that! Others didn’t like him until “Disturbia” when he got big. I loved him wayyyyyy back when he was young. I even have pictures of him in my phone.( She pulls her phone out and sure enough, she has a catalogue of Shia photos) But it must not be meant for me to meet him. I missed him twice. Once at the Indiana Jones premiere in my home town of Harlem. I got there 2 mins late. Then the second time was at BET when somebody burst through the door and it was Shia. But he walked sooooo fast I couldn’t say nothing to him. My heart beat soooo fast.
Is Shia the one you would lose your virginity to????
Yes!! But we gotta be married. Then I can have all his babies. (laughs hysterically)
Check out the new Missy Elliott joint with Teyana Taylor. It’s called “Put It On Me”….