Rico Love Dubs Teairra Mari a ‘Megastar’

Teairra Mari

Rico Love believes in superstars, even if the rest of the music industry doesn’t seem to think they deserve the title. Case in point: Teairra Mari. Last month, the hit songwriter had a studio session with the former Roc-A-Fella Records princess, sparking rumors that he had signed her to his Division 1 imprint. While Rico states that Mari is not one of the artists on his roster, he did reveal that he’s executive producing her sophomore album because “she’s a megastar.”

“I love Teairra,” Rico tells Rap-Up.com. “She has such a crazy personality. I love the youthful, urban bounce to her voice.”

When the likes of Beyoncé, Usher, and Kelly Rowland are coming to Rico to write their hits, some may question why he’s taken Teairra under his wing. The R&B siren, who’s signed to Fo’ Reel/Warner Bros., has just one album under her belt since 2005, and a handful of mixtape releases, but that’s no reason why fans and critics should count her out.

“She’s been through a lot,” Rico explains. “She has a story to tell and I just want to show people that you grow. I think the consumer sometimes doesn’t give the artist the chance to go through what they go through and to grow.”

Public opinion is what makes or breaks artists in the music industry, but Rico isn’t allowing others’ negativity to cloud his vision.

“If I see something special in somebody, I don’t care what everybody else feels about them,” he shares. “I remember when I first started on Usher’s album [and people were] like, ‘Usher’s over!’ I’m like how is that even possible to say? He sold over 100 million albums. How is he over just because he had one album that wasn’t as successful as the other ones? If I see something that I believe in, I’ll work with an artist and I believe I could pull out the greatest in them. If it sells a million, I will love it. If it sells 20 copies, it’s still gonna be the best I feel like I could’ve done at that time with that artist.”

Currently, Rico is helping to craft Teairra’s new album with a potential single. Bad Boy fans will recognize “That’s All Me”—the song Rico wrote for the 23-year-old singer—as it samples one of Diddy’s early hits. “I sampled the ‘It’s All About the Benjamins’ record,” he shares. “I really like it, I think it’s a great song. Whether it’s gonna be a single or not, I don’t know. We just had fun with it. I would love to have a first single and all of her singles if I could, but we’ll see what happens.”

–Georgette Cline



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26 Comments

  1. tay

    POWWW RICO SEES WHAT I SEE=]

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  2. Yeah

    keep hope alive, I guess

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  3. mic check

    Her time is now she’s totally underrated with better vocals than most

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  4. Fa

    i see cellulite on her belly and a cheap polyester body with plastic stones on it…Poor thing has no budget and has to offer sex and style…no wonder there is no content in her product! totally in wrong hands…I feel sorry for todays female R&b performers…either u have to look like a man dressed as a woman or you have to be sleeping with the right people! Only Jill Scott, Erykah and crew hold it down for R&B…

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    V Reply:

    @Fa, stop hating.. teairra looks ten times better than u i’m sure.

    anywho, i’m glad rico love is giving her a chance and an opportunity to grow as an artist. she’s come a long way since 05′. there’s room for more than 2-3 female singers in the game to shine and Teairra deserves to be up there with them. she’s a great vocalist, shes beautiful inside & out and she has a drive that will get her far…

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  5. LaMont

    Megastar my ass! She’s not even a superstar!

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  6. Rihanna Loud

    she is awesome! is ths thesame guy that tweetd he would like to do Ciara next album?

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  7. DJ

    hahahahahahahhahahahahaha hahahahha ha ha aha ohh he was serious? hahahahah

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  8. tessa

    I like tearra but im sorry her music and images are jsut sooo BASIC!!!! like you gotta do more then just look pretty in your videos! have concepts and deliver them not just a 4 min video of you giving different types of fuk me faces!!!! sorry tearra just being honest

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  9. ITZLELEBITCH

    She has a killer voice an i see this being a year for here i love her music

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  10. streetsale

    I really luv her songs she has a nice voice rico
    Love is a great songwriter can’t wait 2 c wot he does wit her

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  11. Dayne

    YESSS! I think she has potential as well. Her Night Before Xmas album was album worthy. She’s just really underestimated.

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  13. Real Issh

    She is an amazing artists . I wish that these non talented hoes with SIT down .

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  14. Kyle

    I agree. She has the voice, looks, and attitude to be a megastar. I love Teairra.

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  15. vmars08

    So, is the song called “All That’s Me” or “That’s All Me” as previously announced?

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  16. TEAMTEAIRRA

    Its That’s All Me

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  17. the truth

    the song is called “thats all me” and from what i heard its hoootttt

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  18. mark

    every body needs a chance plus she have a good voice she just needs a couple hit an she will go a far way

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  19. Beacon

    She’s not signed to D1…YET.

    But Fo’Reel/WB is doing NOTHING with her, so if we don’t see an album by the end of 2011, she NEEDS to ask for a release from her contract there…TURN THE LIGHTS ON now!

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  20. Carl

    I love her, i’ll buy her album.

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  21. mumi

    Why the hell is this an article? I mean…come on he’s jsut Rico Love. Yeah maybe he has some good songs, but why the hell do you even listen to him.

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  22. antsme

    He must have just hit that…

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  23. Lol

    She’s lame. Beyonce, Keri, and Rihanna already slayed your career. Next.

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    Sean Reply:

    @Lol, you’re still saying ” lame ” in 2011 ? #SignsOfAFailedLife .

    anywaydoe . . . from the material on Teairra’s previous mixtapes , i can tell the new album’s gonna be crazy . hopefully Hollywood Hot Sauce & Polow is still working with her as well but where the hell is Bangladesh & Madd Scientist !?!? can we say ” lethal combination ” ?

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  24. mgaskwater

    for real?

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