Teairra Mari is an American singer-songwriter, model, dancer and actress. She was discovered by the American music mogul Jay Z while she was 16 years old. Jay Z signed her under his label Roc-A-Fella records. In the same year, she released her debut album, titled ‘Roc-A-Fella Records Presents Teairra Mari’, which turned out to be a major debacle. It was a critical success but struggled in garnering the expected sales numbers. This failure threatened to destroy her musical career even before it started and she exited from the label during the production of her second album. A few years later, she got another chance to redeem her career with the single ‘Hunt 4 U’, and its success enabled her to approach studios to produce her second album. It was eventually released with the title ‘At that Point’. She embarked into acting in 2009 with the film ‘The Magnificent Cooly-T’. Thereafter, she appeared in another film ‘Lottery Ticket’ in 2010. She has also released some mix tapes featuring some well known artists of this era and has tasted success with her latest album, ‘Night Shift’ which was released in 2017.
Childhood & Early Life
Teairra Mari was born in Detroit, Michigan, USA on 2nd December 1987 and inherited the love for music from her musician grandmother. She was a lesser known musician but her love for music was enough for Teairra to fall in love with the art-form.
Her parents pushed her towards a career in music observing the talent she had even when she was just a kid. Well before she approached her teenage, she performed on stage on many occasions to an overwhelming general response. Hopping between different Michigan schools, she kept her musical passion alive and by the time she was 12, she was a known talent around her locality and schools.
Some fateful turn of events got her in touch with Big Mike and Ed K, two popular rappers and for the next few years, they took the responsibility of growing Mari as a singer. Under their guidance, she turned out to be phenomenal talent and by the year 2003, at the age of 14, she was already working with some of the biggest names in the business.
She eventually released her debut EP titled ‘Get Away’ in 2003, which turned out to be a local success. It was a major hit across the Michigan bars, cafes and clubs. When Jay Z came across her, he immediately decided to mentor her and under his company Roc-A-Fella records, she was all set to release her first official album.
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Teairra Mari, at the age of 16, was on the verge of achieving overwhelming success with the release of her debut self titled album. The album was being produced under the mentorship of a major name in the industry Jay Z and was a sure shot recipe for success.
A couple of singles from the album titled ‘No Daddy’ and ‘Phone Booth’ became chart topping successes. The music videos were also being loved and the album itself reached the top 5 of the Billboard 200. Despite the commercial appreciation and a decent sales number of 2,48,000 copies, the album was considered a commercial failure and it was all set to become a major blow for the young musician.
She had already started the production of her second album, when she got a phone call mentioning that she had been dropped from the label in 2006. She was also during the final few months of her high school graduation and this blow hit her very hard, threatening her musical career before it even started.
Two years later, she came into the news once again after she announced the release of her second album, titled ‘At that Point’. The album featured some known rappers such as Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross and Kanye West. While the album was never officially released, almost all the songs from it had been either leaked or released. Her music was loved by the audiences and she received applauds for reinventing herself.
In 2009, Teairra released her debut mixtape, titled ‘Don’t Make me Cause a Scene’, which was a success. She followed this success with another mixtape in 2010, titled ‘Point of No Return’. She landed the support of some big names and herself became a well known female rapper and got compared to Rihanna and Nicki Minaj, who were considered to be the best among their contemporaries.
In 2010, she also released a digital EP titled ‘The Point of No Return’ on iTunes. She released the official videos to many of the songs on the EP.
Her next mix-tape was titled ‘The Night before X-Mas’, which was released on Christmas 2010. She then entered into collaborations with musicians such as Rico Love and DJ T. Neal and released her album ‘Night Shift’ in 2017 to a favourable response.
By the year 2009, she had already become active on the acting front as well and had made her film debut with ‘The Magnificent Cooly-T’, a less known film. Her second film featured her in a slightly better role and the film titled ‘Lottery Ticket’ also starred a fellow rapper Ice Cube.
In 2012, she played a supporting role in the film ‘Mac & Devin go to High School’. In 2013, she played the first main role of her acting career in the film ‘The Dempsey Sisters’.
Apart from her film roles, she has appeared on the reality television with the shows ‘Love & Hip-Hop: New York’ and ‘Love & Hip-Hop: Hollywood’, where she has appeared as herself.
Teairra Mari has been known for her link-ups and romantic relationships over the years that she has been active. She has been linked with Cisco Rosado, Shad Moss, Pleasure P Cooper, Lil’ Wayne and Ray J.
She is known to have troubles with alcohol and drug abuse. First it was the career debacle in form of her first unsuccessful album. And then her bad breakups and a sick mother further contributed to her troubled mental health. She has been to rehabilitation centre to resolve her issues.