What is Teairra Mari’s net worth?
Teairra Mari isn’t just a triple threat entertainer, she’s got it all going on. The singer / songwriter / dancer / actress has just added a fifth feather to her cap as a social media model.
The petite starlet, who first started making waves in the R&B music industry in her teens, has been busy building her empire.
An empire that includes getting signed by one of the biggest names in hip hop, working relationships with some ultra-famous rappers, and a successful album.
Here’s what we know about the life of Teairra Mari.
The Origin Story
Teairra Mari Thomas was born in Detroit, Michigan, on December 2, 1987.
She had a love of music and performance from an early age—thanks, in part, to her grandmother.
Mari’s grandmother was a musician in her own right, and passed her love of performing on to her granddaughter.
Mari’s parents were also very encouraging of her talent as a singer, and encouraged her to pursue a career as a singer.
As a kid, Teairra performed on stage—first at school, and then for local talent shows and events.
Mari and her family moved around Michigan a lot, with Teairra switching schools on a pretty regular basis, but she soon made a name for herself as a child performer.
When she was still in high school, she landed on the radar of two popular local rappers—Big Mike and Ed K.
The pair took Teairra under their wing and coached her as a singer for a few years.
At just 14 years of age, she had already become an impressive talent, but the best was yet to come.
The Makings of a Star
In 2003, at just 14 years old, Teairra Mari released her debut EP, Get Away.
The release was a local hit, getting play in bars and clubs across Michigan. It even reached the ear of music mogul and hip hop icon Jay Z.
When Jay Z heard the song—and discovered who was behind it—he approached Teairra’s team to become her mentor and sign her to Def Jam Records / Roc-A-Fella.
The pair collaborated on Make Her Feel Good, which was produced by Sean Garrett, and would become the lead single on her Roc-A-Fella album.
It reached number 35 on the Billboard Hot 100 and rocketed to #9 on the R&B charts. It was a massive hit on BET, and a heady success for a kid who was still too young to even leave school.
Teairra followed up her early success with a second single, No Daddy, which reached #4 on Total Request Live, and a few cameos—namely on 3LW’s hit Feelin You, and Jay Z’s Show Me What You Got.
When Teairra’s first album was released, entitled Roc-A-Fella Records Presents Teairra Mari, on August 2, 2005, it reached #2 on the Billboard R&B chart, and #5 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart.
Things were looking up for the teen sensation, and a second album was scheduled for 2006.
Part way through production of the album, entitled Second Round, work stopped. Teairra famously reminisced that she got a phone call prior to her high school graduation to tell her she’d been dropped by her label.
A Lesson in Perseverance
Teairra Mari didn’t let such a major setback keep her down for long, though.
In 2008, she signed with Violator records and then Fo’Reel, who was fresh from the major success of Nelly’s skyrocket to fame.
Her album with Fo’Reel, which was titled At That Point, featured cameo appearances by major names like Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Rick Ross, and Flo Rida.
The first three single releases—Hunt 4 U, Cause a Scene, and Sponsor, respectively—were well received by critics and fans.
Prior to the album’s summer 2010 release, executives made the decision to shelf it completely.
Too many tracks had been leaked online for the album release to be a success. Taking matters into her own hands, Mari released the album under a new name as a mixtape.
She followed it up with a second and third mixtape in 2010. 2011 and 2012 hailed a new era for the young entertainer, who released a new album with Division 1, as well as another mixtape.
She’s also hit screens in The Dempsey Sisters on cable, and in a supporting role on season two of Love & Hip Hop: New York and Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood.
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Here Comes 50
In 2018, following a legal battle against 50 Cent and Akbar Abdul-Ahad—Mari’s ex-boyfriend—the songstress was ordered to pay legal fees for the rap superstar.
The court order was for $37,000, which Mari did not pay at the time.
According to 50 Cent’s social media account, the debt still hasn’t been paid.
In 2022, he took to social media to call the singer out, posting a headline of the judgment and saying, “I want (my) Money by Monday.”
Teairra Mari – Net Worth
Mari earned most of her wealth from selling copies of her alum (Roc-A-Fella Records Presents Teairra Marí) and EPs (Rehab, Sincerely Yours, and Get Away), and mixtapes (Unfinished Business, Now or Never, and more).
She also appeared on Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood and Love & Hip Hop: New York.
Therefore, Teairra Mari has an estimated net worth of $400,000.
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