West premieres clip onstage at the VMAs—and a star is born.
The clip features singer Teyana Taylor, whom West signed in 2012. She lent vocals to the scorching, R. Kelly-assisted intro from the Cruel Summer album, “To the World.” Here she’s in the gym, dancing and fixating the internet.
But here’s the thing: Taylor is not a fresh face. She was on MTV’s My Super Sweet 16. Pharrell signed her to a recording deal in 2007. Hell, Taylor did a Tyler Perry movie. Sunday’s crossover moment sparked backlash against outlets that began publishing explainer articles about Taylor.
The political edge has only boosted the “Fade” video’s signal. Taylor is a literal overnight sensation. You can watch the full thing at Tidal.
Editor’s note: This article has been updated due to copyright concerns.
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