Speaking with Julie Adenuga on Apple Music’s Beat 1 Radio, G.O.O.D. Music president Pusha-T revealed that aside from sample clearance issues, Taylor suffers from the kiss of death that is “demoitis.”
“T’s just really passionate man, she’s just really passionate,” Pusha said. “T also has what we call ‘demoitis.’ ‘Demoitis’ is when you record a record and you begin to love the record as it is, and then somebody comes and changes something within the record and then you can’t hear it another way. We all suffer from it. You know she hears it one way, it was recorded one way and then you know, Ye may add a sound or three, or add a sample or things that may change the dynamic in her mind to not what it was, what she was married to. So, I feel like T is super passionate man, but the good part about it is, T also knows what she wants…”
While all creatives can sympathize with Taylor, as Pusha-T noted, the truth of the matter is, if you want to grow as an artist, you must learn to kill your darlings. Otherwise, both the work and your career stand a higher chance of stagnating.
While K.T.S.E. was a wonderful return to music for Taylor, one that gently evolved her allusions to '90s R&B, we can’t help but wonder how much more bombastic and boundary-breaking the record could have been had Teyana not fallen victim to "demoitis" during recording. Though Pusha praises Teyana for having a clear direction and standing her ground, there’s nothing wrong with a little malleability.
Of course, it’s exceptionally difficult to let go of your initial ideas and allow them room to breathe and change, but sometimes a small disconnect can go a long way in regards to creating more expansive and enduring music. Just ask SZA.