Teyana Taylor released one of my favorite records of 2018. K.T.S.E. an acronym for Keep That Same Energy combined the R&B singers smooth, silky vocals and her edgy style over classic Kanye West touched productions. One of the album’s standout tracks “WTP,” featuring Mykki Blanco is an ode to the LGBTQ+ community finding the Bronx beauty flexing in the style of the music Ballroom culture. Ballroom culture was created as a safe place for “queer people of color”. In the early 90s, the underground community grew popular for their balls where participants “walk” for a prize. In the Cinderella-inspired video, Teyana plays a shy girl named Petunia that dreams of “working this p–sy” at the ball. While home doing the chores, “Fairy Cunt Motha” grants Petunia her dreams. “Save your tears, honey. You’re a motherf–kin’ diva.”
Before teaming up with her husband Iman Shumpurt for another steamy, sex-packed scene, Teyana wins the hearts of queens across the country with eye-popping outfits delivering incredible vogue. “Some real next level. Looked like Grace Jones and Janet Jackson had a baby,” featured cameo Lena Waithe exclaims. Other features include “Love & Hip Hop’s” Milan Christopher and model Shaun Ross. The video matches the hype of the track perfectly bringing the LGBTQ+ community life. I love how Teyana brought the Harlem ballroom culture to life with the different outfits, dance moves, and lingo. Interestingly, you can feel the influence of ballroom culture and the LGBTQ+ community in many aspects of music and hip-hop in specifically! I would say that I’m looking forward to more from Teyana but this videos perfect for now! Check out Teyana Taylor’s “WTP” below!