Last month, Teyana Taylor announced her sophomore album, The Album, was expected to be released in June. The Harlem native kept her promise to fans and added a sweet touch to it by releasing it on Juneteenth — the celebration of freeing those enslaved in Texas.
On June 16, Teyana Tayor shared the 23-track list on Instagram that included features from Rick Ross, Junie, IMAN, Erykah Badu, Quavo, Kehlani, Missy Elliott, Future, DaVido, Big Sean, King Combs, and last but not least, Ms. Lauryn Hill.
In an interview with Angie Martinez, Teyana expressed that the album is separated into four sections, which is why there are “studios” to separate them. She explained that it gives off different vibes and emotions in each, and is also why the features fit perfectly into it.
“The records make sense for that person [features] and it’s crazy,” she shared. “… It [The tracklist] looked bunched up because those records match that actual section in that album. If you noticed I have the album in sections, so it’s like when you’re cleaning up, when chillin’ at home, when you’re listening to the album, nothing’s catching you off guard.
Teyana also mentioned that her album was pushed back in the past because she didn’t feel that it was the right time to release during the protests, or fighting for equal rights.
“As things calm down a little bit and Juneteenth was approaching – which you already know, I already dropped singles way before everything happened, as far as like for our people – I was like June 19th would be perfect, June 19th let’s go,” Teyana explained.
The “Gonna Love Me” star hosted the album release party, where Cardi B and several others attended. Teyana Taylor also received backlash for the party being held during COVID-19 circumstances and she took to social media to address. In the caption of a photo, the Harlem native let everyone know that she had medical experts at the entrance. She also mentioned that masks and suits were provided.
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The Album PART 1 VIBES: I want to thank all my family and close friends for coming out to my private album release listening. It was so much love and positive energy, I am forever so appreciative 💕 FYI for all the internet covid experts 🙄😜we had REAL Covid Police & medics that made sure we were all safe and able to have a good time all while following covid regulations. Custom “#TheAlbum” Masks and hazmat suits were also provided! 🖤🖤🖤 thanks for the concerns but mama is just fine 😘 #TheAlbum OUT at midnight thooooooo!!! 😬😬😬😬 📸: @jenjphoto.
The Album is available on all on streaming platforms, make sure you check it out.