Teyana Taylor has unleashed her third studio record, a star-studded 23-track behemoth simply titled The Album.
The LP is the long-awaited follow-up to KTSE, which was the last album to be released from Kanye West and GOOD Music’s marathon Wyoming recording sessions in 2018. Taylor divides the record into five “studios,” each named for a letter from the word ‘album’ and distinguished by their “particular emotional profile,” according to the album’s description on Apple Music.
It opens with Studio A, a suite of love songs with guests Rick Ross, Erykah Badu and Quavo—not to mention Taylor’s own husband Iman Shumpert and their daughter Junie. Kehlani, Missy Elliott, Future and Davido pop into Studio L, which showcases Taylor’s sexuality, while Big Sean is the lone guest in Studio B, which is about exercising self-worth. Taylor goes it alone on Studio U, which emphasizes vulnerability, and invites King Combs and Lauryn Hill into the triumphant Studio M.
Taylor’s multi-faceted approach for The Album was deliberate. “When I first started on this album, I wasn’t pregnant, but I knew that I was in a way different space than what I was with [2014’s] VII and all the other music that I had put out—just being a mother, being a wife, and being a public figure,” she told Apple Music.
“I knew I definitely wanted to have a lot more fun, and I didn’t want people to put me in that category where it’s like, ‘Ah, she’s married and happy, so that means we’re about to get all I’m-in-love-type music,’ you know?”
Experience Teyana Taylor in all her glory by streaming The Album below: