Teyana Taylor Says Pharrell “Didn’t Shield” Her Whereas At Star Trak

Pharrell and Teyana Taylor watch the playback on the set for the video shoot for "Google Me, Baby" on February 5, 2008 in Brooklyn, New York (Brian Ach/WireImage).

Pharrell and Teyana Taylor watch the playback on the set for the video shoot for “Google Me, Child” on February 5, 2008 in Brooklyn, New York (Brian Ach/WireImage).

Only one yr after being slammed by Kelis, Pharrell Williams is now catching warmth from former Star Trak Leisure act Teyana Taylor. The star of A Thousand and One was just lately on the Angie Martinez IRL podcast, the place she mirrored on being signed to Skateboard P within the late- 2000s.

“Getting signed to a person, it was like a determine to me… I checked out these folks like figures. Whether or not it was as a dad, as a brother, it didn’t matter,” Taylor mentioned, alluding to Williams. “So it’s like, you didn’t see me, you didn’t hear me, you didn’t defend me. you form of identical to fed me to the wolves type-sh*t with out most likely even realizing. A few of these conversations nonetheless have to be had.”

She continued, “I had a extremely actually, actually, actually deep and sincere dialog with Pharrell as a result of you recognize, he was the primary particular person to signal me. He was Skateboard P, I used to be Skateboard T. You can’t inform me that wasn’t my pops. I actually seemed as much as him. He didn’t have youngsters on the time, and he wished youngsters. He’d be like ‘Yo she name me her pops.’ He was actually pleased with that.”

Williams appeared on Taylor’s now-classic episode of My Super Sweet Sixteen and the 32-year-old’s first music video, “Google Me.” Her deliberate Star Trak debut From A Planet Referred to as Harlem, went unreleased as Taylor would in the end depart the label for G.O.O.D. Music, the place she remained from 2012 to 2020.

“He’s not confrontational in any respect. He’s actually one of many sweetest folks in simply the entire vast world, you recognize what I’m saying?” Taylor advised Martinez. “So, it wasn’t that he didn’t defend me, it’s simply that a variety of palms began going into the cookie jar… it’s P, he not bout to be like ‘no, yall ni**as again up,” she mentioned.

She continued, “Possibly he was harm about some issues. You don’t know. It may’ve been a factor of delight and ego on the time. We don’t know. To me, as a 15-year-old, it was, you didn’t defend me. You let everybody mishandle me. I signed to you. You let all people get in the way in which and all people break us aside. You didn’t defend me.”

The “Rose In Harlem” singer later shared that the 2 are on good phrases, having patched issues up within the final decade, presumably after Taylor’s look in Kanye West’s “Fade” music video.

“That’s what made it even doper. As a result of for me, I used to be on the prime, prime, prime when that sh*t got here out,” she mentioned. “And for me, I like that I used to be capable of share that with him throughout a excessive and never like hitting any individual up whilst you’re indignant and sitting round someplace bitter, nah it wasn’t that. I used to be in a poised, swish place, and simply let him know the way proud I used to be of simply us and the way far we’ve come.”

“I be basking in my blessings, and I might be having them moments once I simply suppose, rattling, regardless of how I felt once I was youthful, none of those doorways would have ever opened for me if it wasn’t for P,” she mentioned.

Taylor has since moved on from music after asserting her retirement in 2022. She’s most just lately turn out to be a inventive director for Latto, choreographing her Coachella efficiency.