Teyana Taylor, actor, G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings artist, and breakout star of Kanye West’s “Fade” video, has joined VH1’s hip hop drama series The Breaks in a recurring role.


Inspired by The Big Payback, a narrative history of the hip-hop business written by journalist Dan Charnas, The Breaks is executive produced by Seith Mann (The Wire) and John J. Strauss (Mozart in the Jungle). The series, a follow to VH1’s original film which aired earlier this year, will continue to follow three young friends as they fulfill their hip hop dreams in New York City in 1990.

Taylor joins a cast that includes Afton Willamson, Wood Harris, Mack Wilds, Antoine Harris, David Call, Evan Handler, Melonie Diaz, Sinqua Walls and Ali Ahn.

Taylor also will be doing a stint on VH1’s upcoming Hip Hop Squares. Her credits include Brotherly Love, Madea’s Big Happy Family and MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew: All Stars.