Love & R&B: Teairra Mari Talks Getting Dropped From Roc-A-Fella, Signing To Rico Love’s Imprint & Having A Girl Crush On Lauren London
Singer Teairra Mari was just 16-year-old when she came into the music industry, after being co-signed by Jay-Z, Roc-A-Fella & Def Jam. After releasing her debut album, Roc-A-Fella Presents: Teairra Mari, she was dropped from the label. Over the past few years, this Detroit native, with a sassy attitude have been taking the indie route as a way to keep pursuing her music dreams. The indie route actually paid-off for Mari because she recently inked a deal with Rico Love’s Division 1 imprint. Necole BITCHIE recently caught up with the singer/reality star, who resurface on Love & Hip-Hop. Mari talked about getting dropped from Roc-A-Fella, signing to Rico Love’s Division 1 imprint, having a girl crush on Lauren London and much more. Below are some excerpts:
On her big break with Roc-a-fella.
It was amazing. I was sixteen, coming from Detroit, I was SO green and I just remember feeling like a deer in headlights…this little girl in this big city and getting all my prayers answered and my dreams come true. I just remember everybody on that label being so kind and easy to work with. Jay was a mentor and father figure. Beyoncé is very very nice, actually one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. So it was amazing and I think God put that whole time frame and situation in my life for a reason.
What did you learn from it?
Definitely at the end of the day I learned to be resilient. Coming from a big situation like that, anybody would want to go hide under a rock. I was signed to Roc-a-fella and got dropped. And being that I was so young girl and so green it would’ve been so easy to hide under a rock but I chose differently and chose to hold the rock under my head. And I’m here now. It takes time, it takes patience and all of that to succeed in this business.
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On why she didn’t go independent.
I was at that point before I got to Warner Brothers where I was like ‘ok let’s just do it on our own’ but then I realized how hard it is and how much money it takes to do it on your own. Especially where I want to go and the horizons I want to reach, you really do need the machine behind you. So I rethought that, and Warner offered a deal, so I signed it.
On her new project with Rico Love.
I just signed to Division One with Rico and the project is called ‘You Did That’, and we’re getting a great response to it, so I’m excited…me and Rico we have a history…I always say we have this crazy chemistry doing music together. At the end of the day it’s about creating good music, it’s the music industry.
What’s the most frustrating thing about being an artist?
I would say the bullshit you have to deal with. The politics, what you have to go through because talent is only a small part of it. Having talent doesn’t solidify that you’ll be successful in this business. I don’t want to throw anyone under the bus but like with Warner Bros, they hyped me up to sign and then not getting it. To me that’s BS. Why even sign me if you don’t believe in it? They just didn’t get me. And that’s fine. I don’t hold any bad blood with any of those people.
If you could form a super group, who would be in it?
I’d have four members. Ciara, because of her energy and talent. Solange, because of her eclectic vibe. I’m gonna bring that urban, bounce. And I’m gonna have to go with my little sister Teyana Taylor.
Tell us a secret?
I have a girl crush on Lauren London. I don’t want nothing, it’s just a crush.
Read the entire interview over at Necole BITCHIE