Get into this TEA!! Sooo, La Reid has this new book out called Sing to Me: My Story of Making Music, Finding Magic, and Searching for Who’s Next (yeah that’s a long title) but anyway he details the beginning stages of Rihanna & Teairra Mari’s careers and he kinda told us Beyonce was the deciding factor between Rihanna & Teairra!! Check out this excerpt from the book:
La Reid says: “After signing Rihanna, Jay Z and his team did the A&R for her first album, and I had nothing to do with it. The funny thing about Rihanna’s success was that we signed two girls at that time — Rihanna and a lovely young lady named Teairra Mari. We had an in-house company showcase and Beyoncé happened to be there with Jay Z. Teairra Mari, Rihanna, a four-girl group called Black Butterfly and Ne-Yo performed. At the label, we thought Teairra Mari would be the big star. We spent more time on her, did more work on her, paid more attention to her. Rihanna already had a hit with “Pon De Replay,” but we still thought it was the other girl. A bell went off for me, however, when, after the showcase, Beyoncé came up to me. “That Rihanna girl,” she said, “she’s a beast.”
Say what now? It looks like the Queen Bey pushed Rihanna over the top with the exec’s!! Check out more of the story HERE!!