Teen Savvy Blog: The Rise of Teyana Taylor

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Teyana Taylor

The odds of a successful music and movie career coming from an appearance on a reality show are highly unlikely. Teyana Taylor beat all odds by appearing in a second film four years post her appearance on MTV's My Super Sweet 16. These days the 'Google Me' singer is preparing to release her debut EP The Miseducation of Teyana Taylor. As of now Taylor's free EP, or mix tape as it is called in the music industry will be available online March 10th. The title is of course a spin on Lauryn Hills classic debut The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill released in 1998. There probably will never be another Lauryn Hill but, Taylor will soon get her chance to play a legend in Blondie: The Florence Ballard Story as Diana Ross.

In addition to snagging the coveted role of Diana Ross the 21-year-old triple threat will also appear in two other films, The Love Section and Gang of Roses 2: Next Generation both in which are scheduled for 2012 releases. Last summer her remix of Drakes 'Marvins Room' titled 'Her Room' displayed her raw vocals. Her sample of Lauryn Hills 'X-Factor' at the end of the song reflected on her musical influence and displayed her vocal abilities like never before. After announcing at the beginning of this year that she had be released from Pharells label Star Trak, a deal that she had since her appearance on My Super Sweet 16 she was immediately linked to Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music. "Right now I'm like how Lebron James was when everybody wanted him but, he trying to figure out where he wanted to take his talents" is what the singer had to say about her current label status in an interview with Karma Loop.

Getting behind the camera, she has now added director to her list of accomplishments and titles. Taking creative control over the video for her song "Make Your Move" she took over the directorial role for the Michael Jackson inspired visual that will be debuting very soon. So far songs featuring hip hop heavyweights Wale, Fabolous and Jadakiss have been released from the project as lead singles. Quieting all questioning of who Teyana Taylor is and what it is that she actually does will soon no longer be a "miseducation".

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