8 Songs, 22 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

All five projects to come from Kanye West’s summer 2018 creative spurt have appeared to be equal collaborations between West and his G.O.O.D. Music colleagues, but that balance manifests itself most clearly on Harlem singer Teyana Taylor’s K.T.S.E.. The project—eight songs, one more than its four predecessors—owes as much to Taylor’s airy melodies as it does to Kanye’s studied production ear; the producer utilizes vocal samples as choruses, as bookends to her verses, and as the backbone of beats. For her part, Taylor is the embodiment of the formidable, around-the-way-girl persona fans have adored since her debut in the late aughts. Addressing a one-time elephant in the room on “A Rose In Harlem,” Taylor sings, “N*ggas like, ‘You ain’t hot, you ain’t pop/Yet, sup with you and Ye?’” And in K.T.S.E., they have their answer.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

All five projects to come from Kanye West’s summer 2018 creative spurt have appeared to be equal collaborations between West and his G.O.O.D. Music colleagues, but that balance manifests itself most clearly on Harlem singer Teyana Taylor’s K.T.S.E.. The project—eight songs, one more than its four predecessors—owes as much to Taylor’s airy melodies as it does to Kanye’s studied production ear; the producer utilizes vocal samples as choruses, as bookends to her verses, and as the backbone of beats. For her part, Taylor is the embodiment of the formidable, around-the-way-girl persona fans have adored since her debut in the late aughts. Addressing a one-time elephant in the room on “A Rose In Harlem,” Taylor sings, “N*ggas like, ‘You ain’t hot, you ain’t pop/Yet, sup with you and Ye?’” And in K.T.S.E., they have their answer.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
358 Ratings

358 Ratings

BR8260 ,

Classic!!!!!

I love Teyana’s sound & rawness! Her music reflects her, I’m so happy for this album, it’s a great body of work & i love this album #Legendary #HaventBoughtAnAlbumSinceAaliyah #IBoughtThisAlbumTho

Biddy2387 ,

Kinda disappointed

Honestly, I was really rooting for this album to be the one! But nothing really stuck. Her first album seemed more her style. She can dance and sing and has so much swag!!! This project to me said otherwise. I just wish she would’ve showcased her unique vocals more like on the first.

fweaksonhashtags ,

...ugh her mind!

I needed the album in my life. It’s really great and it is TIME for the shine to come. Rose in Harlem needs a frickin GRAMMY award. The whole album needs EVERYTHING.

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