Teyana Taylor has suggested that Pharrell Williams should have done more to support and 'protect' her after signing to his label when she was 15: 'I just needed you to push for me more'
- Teyana Taylor has suggested that Pharrell should have done more to support her during the early stages of her career.
- Taylor signed with Pharrell's Star Trak Enterprises record label in 2007 when she was 15 years old.
Teyana Taylor has suggested that Pharrell Williams should have done more to support and "protect" her after signing with his record label as a teenager.
The R&B singer signed to Pharrell's Star Trak Enterprises in 2007 when she was just 15 years old.
Taylor released just one mixtape, "From a Planet Called Harlem," while with Star Trak before leaving the label in 2012 to sign a joint deal with Kanye West's GOOD Music and Def Jam.
In 2020, after releasing three albums with GOOD Music and Def Jam, Taylor announced that she was temporarily retiring from the music industry because she felt "underappreciated" by the labels.
Speaking with Angie Martinez during a recent appearance on the "IRL" podcast, Taylor revealed that, despite her love for Pharrell, she felt that, like GOOD Music and Def Jam, the music mogul could have also done more to support her during the early stages of her career.
"For me, that 15-year-old, that girl just needed you to fight a little harder. You know what I'm saying? Needed you to maybe push even if you didn't have the strength to," she said of Pharrell. "I just needed you to push for me more."
Taylor said that she feels Pharrell should have also done more to "protect" her.
"He's not confrontational at all. He's literally just one of the easiest people in the whole wide world, you know what I'm saying? So, it's not like he didn't protect me, it's just that a lot of hands started going into the cookie jar, and he didn't, you know like...," she said.
"To me, as a 15-year-old, it was, you didn't protect me. You let everyone mishandle me," she added. "I'm signed to you and you let everybody get in the way and everybody break us apart. You didn't protect me."
Taylor went on to say that she told Pharrell how she felt in 2016, shortly after the video for Kanye West's "Fade," in which she starred, dropped.
"I love that I was able to share that with him during a high and not like hitting somebody up while you're angry and sitting around somewhere bitter," she said, adding that "no matter" how she feels, she still holds Pharrell on a "high pedestal."
"None of these doors would have ever opened for me if it wasn't for P," she said.
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