One of the most memorable parts of the VMAs was the debut of Kanye West’s “Fade” music video, starring Teyena Taylor is all her snatched glory.
Social media flooded with declarations of body goals and slayage, people were left with many questions about the piece.
Catching up with Joshua Espinoza, Teyana dished on what went into the video and the concept behind it.
On how she felt during the live premiere:
“I was on Twitter and Instagram, but my phone was shaking because my hand was shaking. I was so nervous because it was really a do-or-die moment. But it was dope that I was able to really sit back and really take in the whole moment. It’s emotional because I’ve been in the industry for so long and I’ve never understood why certain things weren’t happening. And now I feel like my story, everything that I’ve been through, makes this moment so much more special.”
She said Kanye approached her after the Hip Hop Honors, in which she did a Lil Kim tribute:
“When they first reached out about the video, all I knew was that he wanted me to dance. At that point he didn’t have to tell me twice.”
She also revealed that part of the choreo for the piece was leftover from Beyonce’s “End of Time” video:
“She loved it but she wound up not being able to use it because she was pregnant.”
And of course, they had to ask about the ending, with Teyana in cat face:
“Yeah, he was just like, ‘I’m going to put you in this cat face. It’s going to be chic. At the same time, being an actor, I love doing stuff like that—to be able to get dressed up and get out of my comfort zone. I was very excited to do something different and artistic, but since we shot backwards, at first, I didn’t know what was going on. I thought, ‘This crazy mother-effer. He’s got 15 sheep in this gym right now, with poop all over the place”