Teyana Taylor debuted her highly anticipated sophomore album Keep That Same Energy on Friday. In keeping with Kanye West’s recent restrictions on his roster of artists at G.O.O.D. Music, it clocks in at just under 23 minutes and consists of 8 tracks instead of the 7 West promised. Taylor sat down for her first interview post-album with Big Boy, revealing that she’s planning on releasing an expanded version of the project.
The Harlem singer acknowledges that the album released last weekend wasn’t what she intended. “If I would’ve really done what I wanted to do with the album, y’all wouldn’t have had it,” she says. According to Taylor, “Issues/Hold On” is missing a sample from Sade and there was supposed to be an interpolation of “Lost Ones” on “Rose in Harlem.”
When asked why the release date wasn’t pushed back, she said it was due to a misunderstanding. “When the album dropped, I didn’t even know that much stuff wasn’t cleared,” Taylor explains. “So when the album dropped and my friends woke me up like, ‘Yo, the album is out,’ like, I was excited, but I was also like, ‘Wait, does that mean they were able to get everything cleared?’ It was really just an honest misunderstanding of me thinking maybe some shit happened overnight.”
She said the mood surrounding K.T.S.E. became “Hurry up and just get it out,” but isn’t solely putting the blame on Kanye West. “I would probably have to blame a little bit of everybody,” she states.
Despite her frustrations surrounding the original rollout of her album, she’s excited to re-release the updated version. “There are different levels of R&B on this album and then once y’all hear THE album, like next week, you’ll see exactly what I’m talking about because it’s way more completed, it’s just crazy,” Taylor shares.
Check out the full interview with Big Boy below.
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