After suffering from a lack of promotion for her album, K.T.S.E, Teyana Taylor has created her own wave for the project. She’s delivered videos that were highly-celebrated (“Gonna Love Me (Remix)” and highly comedic (“W.T.P.”). For her latest video for “Issues/Hold On,” she uses a similar formula to “Gonna Love Me.” But instead of giving us a love story out of the '90s, she takes things a bit further back to the ‘70s to deliver more throwback magic.
“Issues/Hold On” is a ballad about the struggles of maintaining a relationship. Against a sample of Clint Black & the Eastside Band’s “I Do Love You,” Teyana delivers a decidedly grown-up track where she discusses the highs but most importantly the lows.
For the visual, Teyana stars as a soul singer getting married to her soul mate played by A$AP Rocky. But, while she’s found her true love, he isn’t always true to their commitment. Namely, he’s getting a little too close for comfort to a photographer played by Lori Harvey. Is he cheating? We’re not sure, but we get a couple scenes where Teyana acts a plum fool about her man. While guest stars Tyler the Creator dressed like Jimmie Walker straight outta Good Times and A$AP Ferg decked out in his best pimp attire are just trying to party and bulls**t, Teyana’s ready to fight for her love. But, when it seems like all hell is about to break loose, Rocky calms things down and the couple whisks away for some steamy psychedelic bedroom action.
“Issues/Hold On” doesn’t give us quite the same energy that the “Gonna Love Me (Remix)" clip did a few months ago, but it’s far from a bad visual, telling yet another love story with a creative flair. Once again directed by Teyana herself, it shows that she will continue to be a creative force for years to come. In fact, Teyana will be joining the legend Grace Jones and Pabllo Vittar in hosting World Pride in New York City this June. After the ballroom inspired video for “W.T.P. ,” the gig doesn’t come as much of a surprise.
Hit play below and let us know if Teyana Taylor's back in the day visual for "Issues/Hold On" hits the right notes of nostalgia.