Written by: Briana Wright @misswrighttv
Photo from Instagram @teyanataylor
Over the weekend, Teyana Taylor shared in an Instagram photo caption that she was "retiring this chapter of [her] story," referring to music. She later went live on Instagram to confirm that she was, in fact, retiring from music and why.
The announcement spawned out of her post of her Spotify 2020 Artist Wrapped numbers. In the caption she thanked her fans but said that she felt unappreciated and overlooked as an artist; concluding with her decision to retire.
Fans were upset at the post, so Teyana later went on IG live to explain that the message was more so directed toward her label, Def Jam. She said that she had to take a step back for her mental health and emotional health so she can stay alive for her kids.
The news that the Harlem musician is stepping away from music was heartbreaking for fans and fellow musicians alike. Rapper, The Game, penned Teyana a sweet message on IG , expressing how talented she is and his appreciation for her.
"WAP" rapper, Cardi B, also took to social media to express her love for Teyana's music and her talent. She even says how she felt Teyana had the best album of 2020; an argument that a lot of fans have been having as well. Some thought it deserved a grammy, and maybe Tey was retiring because she didn't get it.
The album that Cardi is referring to is Teyana's 3rd studio album titled, The Album. It dropped in June of 2020 and had features like the iconic Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, Rick Ross, Missy Elliott and more.
On her IG live, Teyana assured us that this decision was not because she didn't win the grammy but rather, that she's just tired. This makes perfect sense being as though singing is just one of the artist's many accolades.
Teyana Taylor is also a songwriter, dancer, choreographer, actress and director- among other things, I'm sure. Teyana "Spike Tee" Taylor actually just won a BET Hip-Hop Award for Video Director of the Year. Not only that, but she's starring in the sequel to the classic film "Coming 2 America," scheduled to release in March of 2021.
Not to mention, that she is a new mother of 2- her second daughter, Rue Rose Shumpert was born only 4 months ago and the artist is swiftly approaching her 30th birthday this week (December 10th).
While we love her music, it's clear that Teyana has A LOT on her plate right now so, if a break is what she needs then we support her nonetheless. We're sending nothing but love and positivity toward Teyana and the rest of the Shumpert family.
If you or anybody you know is suffering from mental health issues we encourage you to seek help and spread awareness.