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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