Teyana Taylor - K.T.S.E.
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2018 Ratings: #481 / 831
User Score
Based on 587 ratings
2018 Ratings: #390
Liked by 5 people
June 23, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
G.O.O.D., Def Jam / Label
R&B, Neo-Soul / Genres
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With sultry lyrics, smooth RnB and Taylor's incredible vocals, 'Keep the Same Energy' is sure to ignite a fire in many, by serving distinct RnB and more.

The Guardian

These missteps seem a relatively small price to pay for a record that melds new and old R&B with such flair.

The Independent

Because Taylor’s releases are rare, she’s not restricted by genre constraints, and K.T.S.E. (Keep That Same Energy) is a pleasant surprise.

Don’t go in expecting a radical departure from what we know about Taylor. If you do, you’ll hang your head in defeat on your way out. But if you think about her obsession with the classics like Janet Jackson, you won’t be surprised at her penchant for showing love to classic R&B music.
Teyana Taylor and her tremendous voice are so deft at performing modernist soul with the genre’s forebears as her backdrop, and her album features some of the best Old Kanye beats heard this year.
Spectrum Culture

Divorced from the Wyoming media circus, what we’re left with is a really good left-field pop album that introduces an exciting new singer to the world with all the fanfare she deserves.

A.V. Club

K.T.S.E. should’ve been a breakout moment for her, but it was rushed to release to hit West’s schedule, and as such feels undercooked and unfocused.

Rolling Stone

K.T.S.E. ends up being the most fun of any of G.O.O.D. Music's recent releases, existing without the self-seriousness that weighed down the albums from Pusha T, Kid Cudi, Nas and West himself.

Consequence of Sound

Through sampling soulful R&B spanning the last five decades ... Taylor creates an unapologetic record of late-night slow jams that stem from a more mature, experienced perspective.


K.T.S.E. is a strong start with an anticlimactic finish. With a bit of additional time and effort, it could have been so much more.

The Needle Drop

Still lacking a distinct voice as a singer and lyricist, Teyana Taylor is frequently outshined by her collaborators on K.T.S.E.


The musical and vocal performances on K.T.S.E. are Teyana Taylor's strongest. But in terms of messaging, she still needs to get in formation.

"Save your tears honey, you're a motherfucking diva, these banjee cunts can't take you, Ms. Taylor" is probably the most unironically funny thing I've ever heard.

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The feeling of a hip hop producer doing R&B may scare you, but don’t worry, Kanye hits generic right on the bullseye.
Sexy singing voice + Kanye production/direction = heat. It's taking the most annoying part about Kanye's music - Kanye - and substituting it with something pretty and accessible. Um, yeah, that's a recipe for success. Short, sweet, and sensual, with a bit of swagger and emphasized style sprinkled on top too. Lord, I geek out over hearing No Manners every time.
Can Kanye produce more R&B albums?

Kanye's R&B production here is fantastic, with some slip ups. It's smooth, and blends some lowkey soul samples that perfectly fit in with the mellow beats. Except for WTP which sounds like Fade part 2, and doesn't fit in this album AT ALL. It's a good song, but conceptually it doesn't belong here. Kanye also had the philosophy of the tracks not fading out at the end, which I can appreciate, but No Manners ends jarringly since the track ends with a ... read more
This is pretty solid yo

Best Tracks: "No Manners", "Gonna Love Me", "Issues/Hold On", "Hurry", "Rose In Harlem", "Never Would Have Made It" ,"WTP"

Worst Tracks: "3 Way".

Kanye is finally done with the albums rollout (At least from the ones we know), It's been a great month in general for music and a huge part of the tracks him and his peers delivered are some of the best of the year, if I had to rank the albums, ... read more
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Track List

  1. No Manners
  2. Gonna Love Me
  3. Issues / Hold On
  4. Hurry (feat. Kanye West)
  5. 3Way
  6. Rose in Harlem
  7. Never Would Have Made It
  8. WTP
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Added on: June 23, 2018