Teyana Taylor might be remembered for the obnoxious role she played on Madea’s Big Happy Family as Sabrina, the ex-girlfriend, of Bryon, played by Bow-Wow. However, there is a lot more to the young, talented actress and recording artist.
Taylor made her national appearance on MTV’s My Super Sweet 16. In 2012, she signed to Kanye West’s GOOD Music label and Def Jam, after asking to be released from Pharrell Williams’ Star Trak Entertainment.
Here are a few other things fans should know about Taylor:
1. Teyana Taylor was born and raised in Harlem, New York City. She is of African-American and Trinidadian descent. Taylor is her mother’s only child. On her father’s side, she has two brothers and one sister.
2. Before her debut in My Super Sweet 16, Taylor signed to recording artist and producer Pharrell Williams’ Star Trak Entertainment imprint, through Interscope Records. In late 2007, Taylor appeared in the music video for Jay-Z’s single “Blue Magic,” in which she became known for her phenomenal dancing abilities.
3. Taylor released her commercial debut single, “Google Me,” in February 2008. The song was released as the lead single from her debut full-length project, a mixtape titled From a Planet Called Harlem. The tape features production from Jazze Pha, Pharrell, Mad Scientist, Frost, Shondre and Hit Boy. She was also a member of a band called U.G.L.Y., along with band-mates Mijo, Braxton and Ethan.
4. In 2010, Taylor appeared in the sequel of Stomp the Yard, Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming.
5. In 2013, Taylor signed a deal to design and release two pairs of sneakers with Adidas. She currently holds the record for the fastest-selling sneakers in the history of Adidas Originals.
6 Taylor’s debut studio album was released through Def Jam and GOOD Music in 2014. The album debuted at number 19 on the Billboard 200, as it sold 16,000 copies in the United States during its first week of sales.
7. On December 16, 2015, Taylor gave birth to Iman Tayla Shumpert, Jr. After going into early labor, her fiancé Iman Shumpert, delivered the baby with his bare hands at the couple’s home.
8. At the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, Kanye West released the world premiere of his video, “FADE,” which features Taylor in a likeness to Flashdance. Taylor’s fiancé and child also appear in the video.