Two summers ago, Teyana Taylor released K.T.S.E.. It was Taylor’s second official LP and the final installment in a streak of five Kanye West-produced albums in five weeks, completed during whirlwind sessions in Wyoming. It was one of the best of them, too — second only to Pusha T’s DAYTONA in my book.
Now Taylor is ready to follow it up. The Album, her third LP, is dropping this Friday, just in time for the Juneteenth holiday. It’s got a stacked guest list, topped by a trio of icons: Erykah Badu! Ms. Lauryn Hill! Noted Taylor associate Missy Elliott! Also on deck are Future, Kehlani, Rick Ross, Big Sean, Quavo, Davido, King Combs, Junie, and Taylor’s husband, NBA star Iman Shumpert.
Shumpert appears on “Wake Up Love,” which Taylor released last week with a video revealing the couple is expecting their second child. (Congrats!) Also on the tracklist are recent singles “Bare Wit Me” and “We Got Love,” the fan favorite that was part of the K.T.S.E. tracklist when the album premiered but ultimately was not added to the official release. Taylor and Kanye later performed it on SNL, accompanied by some speculation that it would feature on Yandhi, a Kanye album that never came out. And then an official video for the song finally dropped this spring with a feature from Ms. Lauryn Hill herself.
Check out the “We Got Love,” “Wake Up Love,” and “Bare Wit Me” and peruse The Album’s tracklist below.
The Album is out 6/19 on G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam.