Teyana Taylor’s “VII”

Released: November 4, 2014

Genre: R&B • Hip Hop • Soul

Label: Def Jam • GOOD

Producer: Che Pope • Teyana Taylor • Nikki Taylor • Derek Folk • Blvck Amsterdam • Mixx • Vidal Davis • Robert ‘Biz’ Thomas • Harmony Samuels • Eric Johnson • The Order Music • Craig Balmoris • “Juju” Julian Nixon • Nick “Neeko” Brown • Boi-1da • Nikhil • Jaramye Daniels • A. Ritter • Brian Kennedy • Kyle “KO“ Owens • L&F


Teyana Taylor is truly one of the most underrated and under appreciated R&B musicians. From being the choreographer to Beyoncé’s Ring The Alarm video to being noticed by the world on MTV’s My Super Sweet Sixteen, Teyana has been around for years okay!! Teyana ventured into her own singing & acting and signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music label, where she appeared on a lot of projects for Kanye over the years.

Teyana’s debut album VII was released on November 4, 2014 by Def Jam & GOOD Music. Inspired by 1990s R&B, VII is EASILY one of the best R&B albums released in the 2010s..and y’all slept! HARD. The album peaked at number one on the Billboard R&B album chart and number nineteen on the Billboard 200.

Outta My League (Interlude)

Written by Teyana Taylor, Stacy Barthe, Eric Bellinger, Jaramye Daniels, Uforo Ebong, Akil King, Kyle Owens & Christopher Umana

The album opener serves as an interlude and the full song is featured on the deluxe edition of the album.

Just Different

Written by Teyana Taylor, James Fauntleroy II, Britney Jackson, Julian Nixon & Craig Balmoris

A song! Just Different is of my favorite songs from the album because of the songwriting for sure! James Fauntleroy (known for his records with Rihanna, Beyoncé, Drake, Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar) wrote this with Teyana and is truly a masterpiece.


Written by Teyana Taylor, Eric Johnson, Antea Shelton & Alesha Birchett

10s across the board. Brilliant. Spectacular. Request gives me Brandy’s How I Feel vibes and I love it! The lyrics express how much Teyana is willing to give her lover the ultimate experience in the bedroom, and that she’s there to please him. I LOVE THIS SONG.

Do Not Disturb featuring Chris Brown

Written by Teyana Taylor, Christopher Brown, Jaramye Daniels, Rasool Diaz, Akil King, Kyle Owens, Andre Proctor, Brian Soko & John Webb

Do Not Disturb is a gem! From a lyrical standpoint, the song speaks about not being interrupted during a lover’s moment. However when you listen to the music, it sounds like sex working encounter. Hmm?

Broken Hearted Girl featuring Fabolous

Written by Teyana Taylor, Eric Bellinger, Mary Brockert, Matthew Samuels, John Jackson, Baruch Nembhard & R. Ridgley

Broken Hearted Girl is another one of my favorites from the album. This song has been the story of my life for the past couple of years. From a lyrical perspective, the song has Teyana looking for a fling instead of getting her heart broken again. It’s kind of a rebound situation though. I can relate, chile. Fabolous is featured on the song, and he doesn’t disappoint with his verse.

The song contains a sample of the late & great Teena Marie’s Portuguese Love.

It Could Just Be Love (Interlude)

Written by Teyana Taylor, Harmony Samuels, Andrew Scott, Erika Hamilton & Courtney Harrell

The interlude to It Could Just Be Love, which is on the deluxe version of the album.

Put Your Love On

Written by Teyana Taylor, Shae Jacobs, Carmen Reece, Courtney Harrell & Harmony Samuels

this dancehall inspired album cut is flawless. Put Your Love On is one of Harmony Samuels’ well produced records. It deserved to be very longer than what it was.

Maybe featuring Pusha T & Yo Gotti

Written by Teyana Taylor, Terrence Thornton, Mario Mims, Jaramye Daniels, Rasool Diaz, Brian Soko, Andre Proctor, Akil C. King & Kyle Owens

We love a BOP!!!!!!! Maybe was truly the one smh, and deserved so much more than what it received. Even the format of the music video stuck to the formula that the album has (the comic book look) and worked!!!! It contains features from Yo Gotti & label mate Pusha T! The song was certified Gold by the RIAA, and peaked at number 11 on the R&B charts.


Written by Teyana Taylor, Iman Shumpert, Jaramye Daniels, Akil King, Kyle Owens, & Allen Ritter

Niggas talk that shit all day. Tell me you something different, boy.

Dreams was a response to Tory Lanez’s Teyana record a few years back. The song has my girl telling these niggas to come correct if they’re interested. The song contains an interpolation of The Notorious B.I.G.’s Just Playing (Dreams). There is an original version of this song titled Dreams of Fuckin’ an R&B Bitch, but Teyana toned the song down a lot for the album.


Written by Teyana Taylor, Vidal Davis, Anesha Birchett, Antea Shelton & Robert Thomas

Sorry is an apology letter to the man that did not appreciate her until it was too late.


Written by Teyana Taylor, Steve Franks, Samuel Jean, & Brain Kennedy Seals

Business is a song about keeping everything in a relationship, within that relationship if you get my drift. It’s a modern day None Of Ur Friends Business by Ginuwine, which this song interpolated.

In The Air

Written by Teyana Taylor, Adam Piccoli, Baruch Nembhard, Keira Janai & Gabriel Blizman

In The Air is the final song on the standard edition of the album. Lyrically the song has Teyana throwing her hands up with the infidelity and chaos her significant other causes her.

Outta My League

Written by Teyana Taylor, Stacy Barthe, Eric Bellinger, Jaramye Daniels, Uforo Ebong, Akil King, Kyle Owens & Christopher Umana

An extended version of the opening track for the album, Outta My League has Teyana questioning how can a man ever be interested in her…and I’m like really? She’s the whole package.

It Could Just Be Love

Written by Teyana Taylor, Harmony Samuels, Andrew Scott, Erika Hamilton & Courtney Harrell

It Could Just Be Love is an extended version of the interlude on the album. The song was originally a demo for Jordan Sparks but was given to Teyana.

Teyana Taylor is an incredible entertainer, and VII is a remarkable album. She has released two albums since then (K.T.S.E. & The Album) and recently announced she’s retiring from the music industry. I hope she does not, but that shows you how we truly don’t appreciate the greatness until they are done. -MJ.

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