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Teairra Mari Should Be A Superstar

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To know me is to know that I love all things entertaining. All things entertaining includes VH1’s Monday night lineup, ‘pacifically, Love & Hip Hop Hollywood. This is not news. I remember when I heard that Ray J was going to be a centerpiece of the show and the joy that arose in my heart. Well, three episodes in and the two people of note thus far are Teairra Mari and Moniece Slaughter. Moniece (I’m rehashing for posterity and due dilligence’s sake) is the baby mama to Lil Fizz aka He Of All The Sense Save For Impregnating Moniece, and despite what her IG implies, seems to be somewhat of a dead beat mama.

Teairra Mari is another story. She’s the clear anchor of the show thus far, a la Mimi or Joseline on the Atlanta versions of the show. Most people watching believe that Teairra Mari is a crazy bird who is hung up on a man who doesn’t want her. None of this is inaccurate, though I’ve started to turn from my staunch view of her being a Ratchet Enthusiast Extraordinaire. Clearly she’s on that zero to 100 nigga real quick diet and definitely believes in throwing drinks and putting paws on people if need be. But it doesn’t tell the whole story. I think Teairra Mari is a woman whose best days are behind her career-wise and she is confused by this. Coupled with her 9-year-clearly-off-again-on-again relationship with Ray J Da Gawd (keep in mind, she’s only 26!), and you get a woman who has some common sense except where it counts but is holding onto some of that life-ain’t-fair resentment those who get close and taste the stardom have.

Here’s the thing, I think she should have been a star.

I hear you lookin’ at me. Talkin’ about P done flipped his wig. What has Teairra Mari ever done worthy of note to warrant such accolade and belief? You gon’ learn today. I think Teairra Mari had the chops, the look, the panache to be less than Beyonce but more than Ciara (basically Rihanna, there’s an argument here for another day about Rihanna versus Beyonce, beeteedubs). I’m guessing her handlers and her timing ruined what I believe should have been a real musical career.

From what I remember (and checking Wikipedia and various stories about her intro into the game) she was one of those singers who lit up the room from jump. She showed up and everybody loved her. She could sing and she had that “thing”. She gets a deal from Jay-Z with Roc-a-fella who has just taken over Def Jam then we get her first single “Make Her Feel Good” (a Mya-esque song in my opinion). I remember when this song dropped. Nobody seemed to love it but nobody hated it either. It just…existed. Probably because it was a little too old for her. But the intent with her was to appeal to that street, Mary J, hiphop R&B lane, with a side of hoodratism, evidenced by the “No Daddy” song and video which featured Bad Black Movie Maven and Lifetime Achievement Award nominee, Clifton Powell.

Look, releasing a song about how you made it without a daddy is an odd choice for a song. I can’t imagine anybody legit coming into the game trying to tell that story via song unless your name is Fantasia and thinking it will work. Amazingly, this song got significant video play because America hates Black people. I don’t think either of her first singles truly showcased her true talent though: her voice. They were beat and sound driven, with topics that were soundbite heavy. Nobody in their right mind is caring about her after those songs past the music cycle. This was all back in 2005, ten years ago when she was 16-years-old and her career is pretty much over before it begins. She starts working on a second album but nobody cares.

Luckily she’s pretty and had some modeling gigs and got some ad work (if I remember correctly).

Times keeps on ticking and she’s released music here and there but nothing that really catches on, until 2010 when she dropped the song that I think should have put her all over the map. A song that I can’t stop loving like Michael Jackson singing to Siedah Garret on track 8 from the Bad album.

“Sponsor”

This song is damn near perfect. And it’s produced in such a fashion that it makes me feel like they may have known they had a hit on their hands so they were extra careful. Vocals were layered perfectly, they even bought in Gucci Mane (on fire in 2010) and (Soulja Boy, never on fire, but definitely still a presence) to pad the stats. Keep in mind, Gucci Mane was so hot in 2009-2011, Interscope brought Gucci Mane to spit a verse on Wale’s song “Pretty Girls” which was a reworking of the Backyard Band go-go song, “Thug Passion”. They figured that maybe Gucci Mane could get the song to a wider audience. Nothing else explains his presence on that song. Nothing. He couldn’t even be bothered to show up to the video shoot though let’s just assume he was in jail at the time because Gucci Mane seems to really like jail.

Anyway, I remember when I heard “Sponsor”, I actually wondered who was singing it and was like, “yo, this chick has a hit on her hands.” I heard it on the radio and didn’t realize until later it was Teairra Mari, at which point I was convinced that maybe she was about to body the game a little bit. Then nothing. The other songs I heard in passing didn’t quite move me. It’s like all of her songs were specifically crafted to get radio play and it didn’t work. “Sponsor” on the other hand just worked. Sure it was a bird anthem, but Teedra Moses dropped a classic bird/hoodrat album and she’s got a cult following despite not releasing music worth purchasing in ten years.

So the super pretty girl has a song that should have been a huge hit (even in 2010 ratchets were running rampant and every ratchet needs a theme song), can legit sing and has the opportunity having worked with any number of bigger name producers. She even gets acting roles on occasion (see Lottery Ticket). The universe just didn’t want her to win. Sure she’s still dropping mixtapes and whatnot. And she’s still young enough to drop another project. But she seems to suffer from the “industry” problem of attempting to find that radio single to catch on. I have no idea if she’s a decent songwriter or not, but she needs to look into crafting a unique Beyonce style album that’s unique to her talents (I’m also assuming she really has any other talent aside from her voice) and personal and hit the game running indepedently.

True, one song made me believe in her, but that’s what happened with me and Kendrick Lamar, an artist I wouldn’t shut up about in 2009. I was perusing nahright.com and came across a song called “Wanna Be Heard” off his self-titled EP that somehow had like 15 tracks on it. That song made me a believer and I’ve been riding with Kendrick ever since. Sometimes it takes one song.

I remember some years ago when I was listening to the radio in DC and Marques Houston was doing an interview. They cut to Trey Songz “Say Ahh” so I assumed it was Marques Houston’s song. Do you know I thought Marques Houston was triumphantly returning to the game? (He wasn’t.) It just takes one.

I thought Teairra Mari had it. I was wrong. But catching magic is possible and I still believe she can because she can still sing, she’s still young, and she’s still pretty. She just needs that right song and I believe she’ll be able to catch a career wave and ascent to where I think she belongs. There’s plenty of room at the table and she’s already got enough of a name where her road should be a little easier.

Or maybe she’s a pain in the ass to work with. Which derails the entire thing.

I don’t know but its possible. She’s got a temper. That much is evident. But I believe.

And yes, I just spent 1,300 words discussing Teirra Mari’s merits in the music business.

You’re welcome.

I need a sponsor.

Panama Jackson

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  • RewindingtonMaximus

    P. I respect you. Respect everything you say. But I might check your drink for how many mollys were consumed in a 10 minute span.

    The show showcases exactly why she never blew. Her mouth. She’s ridiculously reckless. I don’t even watch the show, I just remember the industry chatter. She went from being the next thing to blow on the Roc to an industry bird, and ONLY because she is pretty, did she manage to stay afloat until now.

    Now…she’s gonna win. Believe that…like I used to believe in The Shield. However…I wouldn’t be surprised if her mouth and her hands got her kicked off the show and have this new wave of fame renigged. Its only a matter of time.

    • panamajackson

      It’s possible I was drinking a lil bit when I had this idea. Rihanna also has a mouth piece on her. Lots of divas are ubersuccessful.

      All I’m saying is, I think she should be much bigger than she is.

      • RewindingtonMaximus

        I saw Rihanna perform in August with Eminem. Many times I thought she did not have the chops to pull of the brand of celebrity she currently inhabits. I was wrong. That concert proved that to me.

        But Ms. Tee Tee up there? Hmmm…I get what you’re saying. I used to think the same thing about Amarie. But I don’t know how many people want to work with hood rats in fancy shoes with mouths that act like Uzis. That’s why she got ghosted the first time. It would be a shame if it happened again, although I think her lucky break for right now is she’s ratchet, instead of being a talented singer.

      • LadyIbaka

        Rihanna has a mouth and the backings of a label. Who is fronting this one’s bills?! Ray J?!?!?!?

        • tgtaggie

          She also has one great quality that is missing from a lot of artists. She actually don’t give a f*ck. eg. look how she did cbs/viacom last month.

    • Asiyah

      “to an industry bird”

      BOL! I can’t with this!

      • RewindingtonMaximus

        Aye aye…she has done her fair share of Musical Chairs on a Rapper’s Lap

  • amina

    I feel the same way about Mario. When I first saw the video title for “Braid my Hair” I was like what kind of hood rat ‘ish is this, but then he started singing and today this day I remember that song word for word. That’s called IMPACT. I feel like he could have been as big as Breezy, with way less shenanigans. He seems talented enough, maybe not a gifted dancer but Trey Songz isn’t one either.

    • RewindingtonMaximus

      Mario just never made himself more charismatic. That’s all. He came out during the early heydays of Chris, Trey, and a few now unknown singers. He just didn’t do enough to make himself separate from all of that.

      • amina

        I guess I can see that, but isn’t that also the job of PR and A&R types?

        • RewindingtonMaximus

          Yes, technically that’s true. But these days, artists have to take things into their own hand, instead of waiting on the label to tell them what to do. That’s the only way to market yourself.

          • If he comes out with a Burger King crown I’m setting everything on fire.

            • RewindingtonMaximus

              What’s a king without a crown?

              • PhlyyPhree

                10/10

          • LadyIbaka

            Church.Glory!!!

      • Nah…Ne-yo just took all his good songs back. I could have totally seen Mario becoming the Brandy to Ne-yo’s Darkchild, but solo career. Sigh.

        • RewindingtonMaximus

          Well let’s be real. Ne-yo carved a section of the game all to himself. That’s what Mario NEEDED to do, but he didn’t have the creativity or a good team behind him to do that.
          Mario reminds me of Joe. He will sing and make modest hits. I don’t think that’s a bad thing. Joe has been making music since 95. He still sells enough units to keep making albums. That’s inspiring enough.

          • True. I’m still salty about it because Mario interpreted Ne-yo’s songs better than he ever could. LeSigh.

            • RewindingtonMaximus

              Well given how many singers want to be rappers today, there’s still a chance he can pull a Cher or Madonna and totally revamp his career.

            • StillSuga

              I wonder how big “Champagne Life” would have been if you remove Ne-Yo and add Mario (or a Chris Brown, Trey Songz, etc.)

          • LadyIbaka

            And don’t forget, Ne-Yo is also a songwriter….and a sought after one at that.

            • RewindingtonMaximus

              Indeed, that’s where the $$$$$ comes in.

          • tgtaggie

            Joe is way more underrated than Eric Roberson tho.

            • RewindingtonMaximus

              Only because he’s been out longer and singing the exact same songs for 20 years

      • Meridian

        Mario is a great comparison. He was a dope artist but I don’t think the songs he released were enough of pop music to make a splash in the mainstream. Lloyd could’ve been bigger than he was too but the song selection wasn’t there for his music to catch on.

        • RewindingtonMaximus

          The thing is, Mario did have some good pop hits, like Let Me Love You, which let him be popular in the first place beyond R&B. But keeping that fame is tricky. That’s why people like Ne-Yo, Chris, & Tre stay putting out new music, because they know you can’t fade away and expect to keep eating when you feel like coming back.

          • Meridian

            That song was a really mellow R&B record and so were his albums. Wall to Wall by Chris Brown is what I mean or Kiss Kiss. Even Girls Around the World by Lloyd had that pop music infusion.

            • RewindingtonMaximus

              I know what you mean. Honestly its going to be hard for somebody like him to come back now. He’d have to basically copy Jerimah and all the hits he has now to do good.

              • PhlyyPhree

                Jermih? Is he on right now? I mean, again, I like his singles here and there, but….he seems to be wallowing in the same mild pool that Lloyd and Mario are in. I feel like Jeremih is in the Bruno Mars lane. Someone who has a large number of hits….but never really gets recognized outside of a Glee mashup of their songs

                • Meridian

                  Jeremih is famous but I didn’t know that because of his success. He’s literally famous because everyone thinks he is by association to fame. He’s like Pretty Ricky but he’s still going with it after his hit faded to black, and people just enjoy his tunes every now and then. He might as well be Sammy.

        • PhlyyPhree

          Ditto to Lloyd. I always forget about him and that’s a shame because I really liked most of his discography. I think he tried to be a bit too….hood and no one believed him. Although we should have because wasn’t he from like the dirty streets of the 9th ward or something? He could have been one of Lil Wayne’s baby mama’s other baby daddy or something.

          • Rachmo

            I think it was his pretty hair.

            • PhlyyPhree

              I was here for his hair. I wanted to take Mario’s song and go braid Lloyd’s hair with it.

              • Rachmo

                We all have our bland soft spots. I love Mario and I have no idea why. His song “Somebody Else” was my JAM

                • LadyIbaka

                  I loves him too, and his flared nostrils too. My jam was “How do I breathe” Yazzzz!!!

                  • Rachmo

                    “Let Me Love You” is one of my favorite songs ever.

                • PhlyyPhree

                  That is STILL my joint as well. That’s the one I referred to up thread when I said I didn’t understand why it wasn’t a bigger hit. It had a nice enough video, a dope beat and the queen of all things hoodrat dropped a verse. I guess he (Mario) just doesn’t have it.

                  • Rachmo

                    YO! I was baffled! Like am EYE the only one who thinks this bangs? Am I a lame for wanting this song to be a thing?

                    • RewindingtonMaximus

                      He made money off of it for sure…..but pop radio didn’t pick it up.

                    • Rachmo

                      Haha awww thank you for trying to soothe my fears.

                    • RewindingtonMaximus

                      I shall always protect my Ratchet Rachel

                    • PhlyyPhree

                      Not. In. The. Least.
                      I wanted that song to work. I STILL have that song on some of my spotify playlists. Alas, billboard don’t be checking for my spotify, so it seems just you and I think he could be a star. LOL

                • Epsilonicus

                  I like the one he did with Rihanna

            • RewindingtonMaximus

              Long hair don’t care

            • IcePrincess

              Long hair don’t care!

          • Meridian

            Streetlove is a classic album to me. His other ones were cool but that one was his best imo. I’m not sure where he’s from. Off the top of my head I wanna say Louisiana but I think I’m making it up and he’s from Atlanta. He should’ve taken the Tyga route and hooked up with Miracle Watts or something. Could’ve been on LHH but he wanted to be trifling and wear a c*ndom.

            • PhlyyPhree

              LMAOOOO!
              I always thought he was from Louisiana, which in my mind, explained a lot about him and his looks, because Creole.
              As far as going the LHH route, from what I remember, he actually HAS a child (or three) but apparently, is on good terms with the mother(s) so you know, no. Wouldn’t ever believe it, but apparently, some of these young R&B boys have good sense.

              • Meridian

                What?! Wow. I didn’t know he has kids but yeah. Horrible relationship dynamics are a prerequisite to that show, otherwise it doesn’t work. God forbid we see a show about successful co-parenting.

            • RewindingtonMaximus

              Streetlove was my ish. I wasn’t even on homie, my little sister put me on to him. I bumped that album when I was stuck in the hospital for a few weeks, that joint made me appreciate him for a while.

              • Meridian

                It was a really smooth record to play as a youngin’ when you wanted to get your cuddle on. This is a leap, but it had that 8701 chill vibe to it just in a different generation and with less notoriety.

                • RewindingtonMaximus

                  8701…Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan don’t get me started.
                  U Don’t Have To Call = MY FAVORITE USHER RECORD. And I’m a purist…like I still listen to his first single “I Think Of You”

                  • Meridian

                    Listen. I can NOT talk 8701 without mentioning my faves: Twork It Out, If I want To, and Good Ol’ Ghetto.

                    • RewindingtonMaximus

                      Twerk It Out! Man…as a New Yorker, you don’t understand how hard it was to hear that song on the radio. They literally had some kind of issue out here and would never play it.

                    • Meridian

                      I’ve only heard it on the album. I’m here for any record promoting the in-home sit and spin tango.

                  • LeeLee

                    I LOVE “Think Of You.” Had the single and errythang! The video was classic, R&B street too.

                    I think “My Way” was also on that album, another one I like.

                    • RewindingtonMaximus

                      It just fit during that time, cause it was right after Tevin Campbell had his second album…ahh man

          • Epsilonicus

            “He could have been one of Lil Wayne’s baby mama’s other baby daddy or something.”

            The amount of shade in this sentence is incredible.

            http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m3hb7oYV1A1qzlbxm.gif

          • IcePrincess

            I think he from Decatur, an eastern suburb of ATL.

            • LeeLee

              Yes! I believe he said “Decatur where it’s greater” on one of his tracks.

        • amina

          Lloyd’s face makes me angry.

          • IcePrincess

            Rite. He needs a nose job to shave down that big azz hump

            • amina

              yeah, the nose to face ratio is waaaay off.

      • “Exactly” to everything you just said. In fact, there would be no Trey if Chris could’ve kept it together. After “Forever” and those Dubmint commercials, he was ready to take crowns away from eeeehrbody.

        • RewindingtonMaximus

          Good point. Once Chris went pop, all of a sudden Tre jumped on hood R&B tracks and stole the show, couldn’t go nowhere without hearing him

      • LadyIbaka

        YAP!! I don’t care that a label is alloting x amount of dollars to marketing you, as an artist, you also need to do your part. Connect with your fans, tour like crazy. Stay hungry, and keep looking for food like a wild chicken.

        • PhlyyPhree

          The funny part is, I feel like HE did all that. I met him on three separate occasions in three separate cities while doing work related things in regard to him promoting himself and his music. And that last song that he had with Nicki…I mean, if you can’t get on a track with Nicki and win? Well….I guess God really don’t like ugly.

          • LadyIbaka

            girrrrrrrrl, he didn’t do enough. When is this boy ever in Asia? Africa? Australia? Do he got groupies over there awaiting to have their pannies hang on his wall? When I say Trey be on his grind….shoooo, Mario stays within the confines of the states….nah, boo expand thy horizons.

            • PhlyyPhree

              You right, youuuu riiiight. I didn’t even think about that because honestly there were a few years when I would see Trey and think “THIS negro again? Don’t he got a home to go to?”

            • RewindingtonMaximus

              Word, that international love is where the money is at. Can’t stay in the States hoping for sunshine when the rest of the world makes it rain like it never ends.

              • LadyIbaka

                shoo, Beyeezus stays on the international circute, for obviously clear reasons!

                • RewindingtonMaximus

                  She has to pay for those South of France vacations somehow

        • RewindingtonMaximus

          Word. No more sitting on your hands, if you don’t know how to market yourself, get on IG and post pics, get on FB and talk to people, no more waiting for stuff to happen. Mixtape artists are getting more pull than full blown recording artists because of this.

          • LadyIbaka

            shiiiid. I think Trey is a great example of how to stay relevant even when all you make is seggazy music. Before releasing an album, there is always a mixtape, well at least till the last album I bought, 2010 I believe.

            • RewindingtonMaximus

              Between him, Chris, & Jerimah, they have that on lock. Sometimes the mixtapes be better than the albums too

              • LadyIbaka

                Chris is a much bigger artiste though. He is the Rihanna for the men.

                • RewindingtonMaximus

                  Right now, yes. Only because he is rapping though, and being put on with other rappers.
                  Plus…I won’t lie…Loyal is just a classic joint..reminds me of Aint No Fun. Basically a fuck bishes joint that everybody needs to bump.

              • Epsilonicus

                Jerimih is releasing music still?

                • PhlyyPhree

                  Jeremih stays making music for the freakiness in you. If he could only get Karlie Redd to help him to a recurring spot on LHH:ATL, then this article could include him too

                • RewindingtonMaximus

                  Dude he’s winning the clubs right now

                  • Epsilonicus

                    He not winning in Bmore clubs though. We only play the most ratchet and gutter of rap music.

                    • RewindingtonMaximus

                      Not to be mean…but he don’t need B-more clubs. He’s getting that White girl money..the most powerful money of them all.

                    • Epsilonicus

                      What white girl club songs are he on?

                    • RewindingtonMaximus

                      Don’t Tell Em is out right now.
                      Body f/ French Montana was out earlier in the year

              • IcePrincess

                Does anybody remember a one hit wonder by the name of J-holiday? He had a song called “put you to bed?” Him & trey songs were out at the same time, but they were too similar, so trey got the spot, & J faded off into the sunset

                • Precious

                  Trey was out years before him though. So he tried to slide in and there was no room. I have both of his cd’s though.

                • RewindingtonMaximus

                  J-Holiday actually still does mixtape music! Weird as it is.

      • kingdeangelus

        Mario been around since 02. B2K blocked the way for him waaaaayyy before Chris Brown did.

        • RewindingtonMaximus

          True…they ran the game from 2000-2004

      • kidvideo

        Speaking of unknown singers from the early 2000’s
        Anybody remember Houston? He made a (kinda)
        popular song, “Where the Party At”(I think that’s what it’s called)
        …then he poked one of his eyes out after a bad
        drug trip.

      • IcePrincess

        Mario was out before both if them. At least ’03. Chris came out in ’06, trey like ’07?

        • RewindingtonMaximus

          Mario came out when B2K was already out. Automatic fail right there. His next album came too late then because then Trey came out in 04, and didn’t do great, but he tried again in 06. Chris came out in 05. So like I’m saying..Mario had a chance during his premier to be THAT DUDE but it didn’t work. Then the market got flooded.

    • Mario comes out with hits every once in a while. I like more of his discography than Teairra Mari’s…I um, don’t know any songs of hers. lol

      • amina

        I thought I was the only one!

      • SimplePseudonym

        Yes. “Let Me Love You” was amazing, thought it shouldn’t have been. That song puts me in a good mood.

    • LadyIbaka

      Let me tell you WHY Trey Songz is neither but stays relevant, his FANBASE!!!! One of THE most DEDICATED fan bases out there. That’s important. Knowing your target market. Also, that boy GRINDS like a BEAST. Why am I capitalizing like i’m getting paid…been his fan since he came out in 2004, all scrawny and emaciated. Look at Gawd, buff like a mutha! #beast.

      • Precious

        Truth

    • Rachmo

      Every few years Mario comes out with a song and I’m always hoping it’ll be his big break. I’m really fond of him and I’m unsure why.

      • amina

        I know why I have a soft spot for him, brings me back to happy college times!

      • LeeLee

        He’s from Baltimore and reps pretty hard too. I try to support my Maryland artists, being from Maryland myself. We’re more than just crabcakes and football.

        • Rachmo

          I’m from Bmore too which is probably why I stan so hard. I’m always like “BUT REMEMBER THAT HIT IN 06.” Edit: This also explains my fandom of Amerie and OAR for a time.

          • RewindingtonMaximus

            With the Jefferson’s theme song?

        • RewindingtonMaximus

          B-more always manages to get one or two hits out every few years, but yall do a real good banger right now. There’s only so much your club music can do

  • Meridian

    I think she could have been on the level with Amerie, Mya, Christina Milian, maybe even Ashanti and Keri Hilson. She would really need to check her ratchetdom tendencies though because a person that’s a hot head is just messy. Her talent isn’t as much of a question as her being personable and enjoyable is. Also, once you go on Love and Hip Hop you’re a reality t.v. star. I’m not so sure you can be a successful artist after that.

  • I mean…Teirra’s great and Imma let you finish, but to me she was always lacking that one “it” gimmick that makes stars. Like, she’s pretty but not “stunning” (see: Aaliyah), her vocals are good but not easily identifiable (see:Rih or Bey) and her songs were catchy but didn’t have enough of a “gimmick” to secure a solid audience (see: Keyshia Cole or Mary J). She and the other Claudette Ortiz’s of the world are perfectly placed. One or two hits, performing as part of a multiple-act tour Z-100-ish thing, some modeling gigs, fade to black.

    • Meridian

      Every starlet has a thing. Rihanna is the edgy good girl gone bad who releases summer anthems and yearly albums. Beyonce is over the top and perfectly managed and Beyonce. Keri Hilson is the smash hit songwriter turned singer. Keyshia Cole is hood fab who sings about broken hearts from doughboys and players. All these women have a specific thing about themselves that can be marketed and branded by a major label. Teirra is missing that thing she’s known by (if you don’t count her alcoholism or violent outbursts).

      • PhlyyPhree

        Why can’t alcoholism work for her?
        It worked for Amy.

        *I ask this question in all seriousness. I KNOW she does not have the vocal chops of Amy Winehouse, HOWEVER, I’m only testing this hypothesis in the United States of Murica, so why couldn’t that be her “Thing” on this side of the pond?

        • Meridian

          I think the only way to make that a thing is if her music is really angsty. That’s Jhene Aiko’s lane. Party music is the other side of that but it’s so oversaturated and she wouldn’t stand out enough. Maybe she could be “the Mixologist”, like how you mix drinks except her thing is doing mixed genres or something.

          • RewindingtonMaximus

            She’s not cute enough for party music. Nothing about her face screams “let’s have fun”…more like “lets go to brunch, talk about how men aint ish, find us some ballers, and I might throw my drink in your face after I flip the table over”.

          • RewindingtonMaximus

            Jhene Aiko….talk about another comeback. Everybody forgot she did collabos with B2K and now she’s doing low key EPs that sell as well as albums.

            • PhlyyPhree

              So theoretically….if Tierra were to find a lane, that could work for her, no?

              • Meridian

                I’d say yes. She’d have to find a way to spin it though so that it’s not so much about the negative perception people have of her. If she did that I think it could work.

                @ Rewind

                Yeees. Jhene’s comeback really is impressive. She sang hooks on their albums and that was pretty much her claim to fame. People knew her as Fizz’s cousin and Mila J’s sister. To have already been relatively unsuccessful then you go away for years on years on years, then you come back and have popular music dropping? That’s impressive.

                That description of Teirra is accurate as h*ll too.

                • RewindingtonMaximus

                  She basically replaced B2K with TDE and now she’s hot because well…TDE is just hot right now. They run rap right now, and she found the perfect kinds of songs for girls to like right now while still doing good hooks on rap songs.

                  • PhlyyPhree

                    I thought we were talking about Jhene not SZA. I has the confusion

                    • Meridian

                      Jhene is signed to TDE.

                    • PhlyyPhree

                      I learn SO much from yall. Huh. So what happens to SZA now as another angsty singer with an also exceptionally mild voice?

                    • Meridian

                      Well, TDE as a label group has that sort of tripping on drugs and expressing your melancholy kind of thing going. It’s just their trademark sound/style. I don’t imagine Jhene would derail her but I think if she takes off they’ll focus more on her and bench SZA’s projects. That’s typically how those situations are handled. You develop the person who catches on.

                    • 2011k

                      Jhene’s not with TDE, she signed to No ID’s imprint. Though Jhene works with TDE a lot, SZA is still the lone lady wolf in them there parts.

                    • Meridian

                      Are you sure? I’m pretty sure I watched an interview of her talking about why she signed with them. You might be right though.

                    • RewindingtonMaximus

                      It could be a joint venture.

                    • Meridian

                      I went back and looked it up. She was just meeting with them and considering it but she did end up signing to no ID on DefJam.

                    • RewindingtonMaximus

                      Yea that’s what I saw. But as long as she’s cool with TDE, she’s set anyway.

                    • panamajackson

                      Jhene signed with No ID’s group, a subsidiary of Def Jam. That’s why here promo game has been stupid crazy.

              • RewindingtonMaximus

                Maybe. But I wonder what it would be. Cause other than being a hot head…what else makes her appealing?

                • PhlyyPhree

                  Here’s the thing, maybe she just needs some new writers, but I actually didn’t mind her songs and kind of liked her voice….which is saying ALOT considering todays… “artists”

                  • RewindingtonMaximus

                    She could do the ratchet thing right now, but she’ll be forgotten about real quick like half the artists that exist today

                    • PhlyyPhree

                      She really just needs to make enough to keep her in weave, alcohol and apparently BV cream and she’ll be good. A decent financial manager can have her living nice until she’s old enough to hit the Vegas circuit.

                    • RewindingtonMaximus

                      Buahahaha clearly you have a manager position in mind for yourself.

                    • afronica

                      The endless shade in this comment…BV cream? Girl!

        • RewindingtonMaximus

          Realistically she has nothing new to offer. K. Michelle is the only LHH chick that gets to profit off her ratchet degree in drama & thugonamics.

        • SimplePseudonym

          Amy’s “thing” wasn’t alcoholism. Her song lyrics are some of the realest things I’ve ever heard. No similes, no symbolism, just straight up “you broke my heart and I feel like I’m going to die but it’s mostly my fault so though I want to hate you I hate myself” type messages. That’s what I liked about Amy. Her drug use was just an aside, IMO.

          • IcePrincess

            Dude, “tears dry on their own” is one of my favorite songs ever, period.

          • RewindingtonMaximus

            Funny thing is her first album Frank didn’t have anything like that. But Back to Black is like an essential growing of age album..I feel like its perfect from teenagers to middle age, cause there’s no way those lyrics don’t hit anyone personally.

            • PhlyyPhree

              I agree, but I don’t.
              I think the fact that Frank was more uptempo and didn’t have as many bluesy ballads as Back to Black make people think they were so different in terms of lyrics.
              Take the Box?
              Love is Blind?
              What is it about men?

              Same feeling inducement.

              • RewindingtonMaximus

                Yea but didn’t have the same strength behind them. Back to Black is one of my favorite albums of all time because I feel her pain through the music. Reminds me of old Mary J. Blige and always confirms my point: artists are at their best when they are at their weakest.

      • SimplePseudonym

        True. and she’s not making the reality TV thing work for her like it did for Tamar. I’m sure Tiearra’s antics on LHH are making people dislike her.

    • panamajackson

      What you not gon’ do is come up in my house disparaging Teairra Mari. That’s what you not gon’ do.

      • RewindingtonMaximus

        She about to throw Damon Dash’s old Roc-a-fella chain at your window. Duck nig!

        • Sigma_Since 93

          Why does this song smart of the Sugar Babies theme song? When you listen to the lyrics, dude could be a Malvo/Jim Jones/Charles Manson mash up but as long as he’s got money that he’s willing to spend on her then it’s all good.

          • RewindingtonMaximus

            You explained exactly what a ratchet experiment creates for no apparent reason.

      • I mean…she came out at a time where her vocals could have been exchanged for damn near anyone. If you told me Nicole Wray, Keri Hilson, Claudette Ortiz, Lil Mo (who I LOVE, but still..Woo Woo Woooooo) or Nivea sung “Sponsor” I would’ve believed it. Literally the only thing that stands out about her is her temper. But hey, crazy sells.

      • Tish Harris

        LMAO!

      • PhlyyPhree

        Oh, so you can talk about the Lioness Teedra, but we can’t say anything about ol Bobblehead, Bratz doll looking Tee from the Dee? Hmph. Ok

        • panamajackson

          Precisely. I’m glad you understand.

    • RewindingtonMaximus

      Claudette Oritz.
      Wow. Talk about a total miss when you thought she had it made.

      • “Two Wrongs” was my SONG, but I knew she wasn’t going to make it without City High. Won’t stop me from singing the ish outta that song when it comes on, doe.

        I’M COMING HOME EARLY GYAL, I PROMISE!!!

        • RewindingtonMaximus

          lmaoooo…I actually thought she was going to make it without City HIgh, but I think the problem was City High was marketed like the next Fugees and it was like…NAH BRUH…NAH.

          • Rachmo

            Wow I just had a flashback, they really were being marketed as the next Fugees. I didn’t fully see it for them, maybe bc the whole single mom/prostitution was a leap for me.

            • RewindingtonMaximus

              Well first off it was Wyclef who discovered them, and he tried to make them like the Fugees in the way that they could be conscious rappers while making feel good music. BUT the problem was they had nothing that made them stand out, except Claudette, and that was during the era where mad teams had one female in the group (Ruff Ryders = Eve, Junior Mafia = Lil Kim, No Limit = Mia X, etc)

      • panamajackson

        I never saw it for Claudette Ortiz. She was purely just bomb. Other than that, I felt like she added nothing.

        • RewindingtonMaximus

          But during that time…that’s all you needed. To just look hot and have a moderate singing voice.

    • I miss Claudette Ortiz…

  • Eh. She’s very pretty. Singers like her are built and destroyed by the team that managers her. There are 15000 unheard Mari’s that will only fail or succeed based on the team around them.

    • RewindingtonMaximus

      Yea but at this rate, the price of being a celebrity is beyond having a team. You have to be hands on with your own career. If you sit there waiting for people to give you direction, 20000 other star wannabes are about to stampede on your neck to get your spot. If she wants this to work, she’s gotta step it up hard body.

      • If you don’t write songs, play an instrument, or produce you do not have control over your career. I don’t care how big your voice is.

        • LadyIbaka

          just because you do all that doesn’t mean you have control.all it means is that you do the above. how many of those artistes that play instruments own their publishing rights?!?! how many of those artistes are extremely successful without a label being in the mix? What they have is a niche that can be used to their advantage.

          • RewindingtonMaximus

            True true

        • RewindingtonMaximus

          Honestly you do need to have control over your career. The record labels are not doing the heavy lifting anymore. Unless they fully believe in the artist, they will leave you on your own and expect you to have a game plan. That’s why mixtape rappers and indy artists are doing so good right now, because they do all the legwork instead of waiting on a label, and reap ALL of the benefits.

    • LadyIbaka

      Ricky,

      Totally disagree. She has been in the music industry long enough to know what works and what doesn’t. So your current team is not doing wonders for you, and yet they are getting paid, ummm, whatever happened to FIRE them…go back to the drawing board and form a new management team. She is also responsible for her success. Ask Bey, not Sway for answers.

    • h.h.h.

      There are 15000 unheard Mari’s that will only fail or succeed based on the team around them.

      didn’t help that one of the “Mari’s” that was out there…was Rihanna

  • Sigma_Since 93

    Maybe if she hadn’t attended Kenya More’s Detroit School of Twirling, she would be great. IJS

    • RewindingtonMaximus

      I’m assuming not this kind of twirl huh?

      http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ly2zj1kq9G1qhi08f.gif

      • Sigma_Since 93

        someone please insert Kenya Moore fall gif here.

        Please and thank you

        • Sigma_Since 93

          Work stunts the gif and video game but it won’t stop you from watching:

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFGhGnBug2c

          • RewindingtonMaximus

            I’m not going to lie…that was an epic save…her falls are just like her interviews…a disaster that she somehow uses cuteness to scurry out of.

  • Tish Harris

    Panama…never make a post this long again about Teairra Mari.

    Sincerely,
    Management

    • panamajackson

      No.

      • LadyIbaka

        why doesn’t the down vote work. You need several.

        • panamajackson

          No.

      • Asiyah

        I like this affirmative no.

      • Paradigm

        Panama I rock wit’ you all day but this dissertation was type thirst tho .. *grabs popcorn and hits dvr to catch up wit’ TeeTee and the gang*

        • panamajackson

          A brotha can’t share his opinion? Sad sad day. A man merely makes an argument about somebody’s art and he’s being thirsty. Why must I cry. Why must I cry.

          • Paradigm

            Ayo I’m not sayin’ “thirsty” in a Hazel E “I flucks wit’ you the long way” type o’ way despite being curved by Berg.. I jus’ feel like u was reachin’ dat all.. Ayething after the Clifton Powell comment was filler.. Now if this effort was put towards discussing her latest wig choices, or real/fake dialogue related to “the twins” then I would wholly support your campaign.

      • Andrea

        I really liked it!

    • This was Talib loving Lauryn Hill from the deepest depths of the friendzone thirst

    • Andrea

      I never could understand why Sponsor wasn’t a bigger hit. Nice to know I’m not alone on that.

  • LadyIbaka

    She is a cutie pie. Can’t name any of her songs. But, she is def a baad cutie.

  • h.h.h.

    i thought she was cute and had a voice…i may or may not have purchased her album.

    • RewindingtonMaximus

      Leaning on the “may not”

      • PhlyyPhree

        $10 bucks says “may”

        • Meridian

          Plus my $10.

        • RewindingtonMaximus

          Ugh heathens..fine he probably did

  • LJK

    Wasn’t Teairra Mari on a season of Love n Hip Hop NY for a blink of an eye? I’m not mad at the girl…she needs to MILK her 15 seconds of fame. I spent all of two minutes trying to recall any of her singles, performances, or appearances that were noteworthy…I suppose her tribute to Destiny’s Child should’ve landed her somewhere.

    She has spent nine years of her life dealing with Brandy’s brother?!? May the blessing of peace be upon her.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYCmv8sYBYw

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