What do you do when you seemingly have the perquisites (talent/looks) to make a huge splash, yet, for some reason, the dots aren’t connecting? Some wait for the plan to unfold; then there’s some who make it happen.
For Teairra Mari, it was the experience of the former that led to the actions of the latter. Her first CD, “Roc- A-Fella Presents: Teairra Mari,” found her on the roster of one of the industry’s most recognized labels under the direction of one of the most powerful men in the industry. The record had some success–Top 5 on the Billboard 200 albums and R&B/Hip Hop albums charts–yet, she was still shown the door. Rather coldly in fact, receiving the phone call that she was dismissed from the label as she was dressing for her senior prom.
Disappointed, yet undeterred, a duet with Grammy-nominated artist Pleasure P was a catalyst for her current label situation with Warner Brothers Records.
“I didn’t start feeling good when things started happening for me. Things started happening when I started feeling good. So I had to name it and claim it! No one’s going to pull you up but yourself. No one’s going to give you confidence but you,” says Teairra.
With that formula, it appears that the good feelings are plentiful. She was to originally have her sophomore project, “At That Point,” released in June of this year. Rampant leaks curtailed those plans, and she’s back in the lab. Thus, the gift and curse of the Internet.
Teairra offered, ” I like the Internet for its exposure. I’m able to reach people from across the world.” As for lost material, “We had to go back to the drawing board and make sure the quality is the same, if not better.”
To fill that void until the album is ready, Mari has dual projects currently on the market. First up was a mix tape called “Point of No Return” with DJ Drama.
“I don’t want to release an album and people not know who I am as an artist. I want them to have a feel for me, so they’ll know she gave us…the mix tape is free, good, quality music. That way when my album is ready, they know what to expect and [will] be ready to support.” Consumers got more product on Tuesday, August 17 with the extended play disc “Sincerely Yours” on Fo’ Reel/Warner Bros. Records via iTunes. Days later, fans will get a chance to see Teairra on the big screen as she joins Ice Cube, Bow Wow, Loretta Devine, Mike Epps and Charlie Murphy in the comedy “The Lottery Ticket.”
Of her screen debut, she says, “‘The Lottery Ticket’ is a great film, and I’m definitely looking to do more films. As a singer, if I perform a song well, a person will feel a certain way. As an actress, you have to evoke those emotions first in yourself, then display it and be sincere about it so that people will feel you. I like that challenge.”
Now that she’s gaining momentum, she wants to stay on that path.
“I’m progressing every day and staying on my grind,” she assures. “I know that if you put in the work, there is no way the universe can deny you your pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.”
Three of the coldest names in the streets have combined to make for the hottest record in the game right now. Rick Ross’ “B.M.F. (Big Money Fast)” can be classified as real gangsta rap, as it pays homage to underground legends Big Meech and Larry Hoover (WORD?!?), yet it makes the crowds everywhere go nuts.
Pulled from his forth album, “Teflon Don,” Ross prepares to bring that monster hit as well as others from his previous chart-topping CDs to The Beach at Governor’s Island on Sunday, August 22 for Power 105.1’s Power Live. Sharing the bill are Fat Joe, Ciarra, Kelly Rowland, Bobby Valentino, J. Cole, Keri Hilson, Maino and headliner Diddy and Dirty Money.
If you prefer it a little smoother, Babyface is at B.B. Kings’ on August 20 with an 8 p.m. scheduled showtime.
About to bounce, but before I do, condolences to the families of Jazz giant Abbey Lincoln and Robert Wilson, who with his brothers Ronnie and Charlie, comprised the funk immortal trio The GAP Band. Charlie, in a statement, issued the following: “My brother was a bad boy on the bass. We shared a bond as brothers, musicians and friends. I loved him, and losing him is difficult for both Ronnie and I. The music world has lost a very talented man.”
Holla next week. ‘Til then, enjoy the nightlife.