Harlem-based singer, rapper, songwriter, dancer, actor, and model Teyana Taylor gained recognition in the States on an early-2007 episode of MTV's "My Super Sweet 16." By the time it aired, she had already signed to Star Trak/Interscope, helped popularize the Chicken Noodle Soup dance, and aided in the choreography for Beyoncé's "Ring the Alarm" video.
Taylor's brash first single, the Jazze Pha-produced "Google Me," reached No. 90 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in 2008. The following year, she released a mixtape, "From a Planet Called Harlem," and she co-wrote "So Cold" for Chris Brown.
In 2010, she contributed some vocals to Kanye West's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," but her solo career stalled. A couple years later, she was released from her Interscope contract and subsequently uploaded new material as free downloads.
She signed to West's Def Jam-affiliated GOOD label, appeared on the "Cruel Summer" compilation, and released a clutch of steamy R&B singles prior to her proper debut album, "VII," in 2014. As an actor, she has appeared in several movies, including "Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming," "Madea's Big Happy Family," and "The Love Section".
Teyana was in MTV's All-Star season of 'America's Best Dance Crew All Stars: Road to the VMA's,' which premiered July 2015. Teyana was a judge alongside hip-hop star T-Pain and Broadway performer Frankie Grande.
Teyana gave birth to her daughter Iman "Junie" Shumpert in December 2015. Taylor stars in the VH1 reality show "Teyana and Iman" alongside her husband Iman Shumpert, an NBA player.
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