Rico Love has a clear vision for his record label, Division 1, a vision that once included singer/songwriter and rapper Tiara Thomas. In 2013, Rico signed Thomas to his label, but on Tuesday (Jan. 20), MTV News has learned that he and Tiara have split.
"To me, Tiara Thomas is one of the most talented people I've ever met in my life," Rico told MTV News exclusively. "To watch her in the studio, to watch her write a song, to watch her on the stage, to listen to her tone of voice, to listen how she transitions -- like a person who raps and sings equally good, that's very rare."
Though he acknowledges all of Tiara's talents, Love -- who has penned and produced hits for Usher, Beyoncé and French Montana -- says that the two have different visions for the future. "I just think that musically I have an idea on who I think she should be and she has an idea on who she thinks should be and we just don't agree on it," he said, confirming that he released Thomas from the label.
Thomas' big breakthrough came after Wale heard one of her original compositions on YouTube and used it as a basis for his 2012 track "Bad." Before "Bad" was even released, Tiara was in talks with Rico to sign to his label. “I went and I played him three songs on the guitar, one of the songs was ‘Bad;’ before Wale had even heard it,” she told MTV News in 2013. “He offered me a record deal like a week later. That was the first time I had been offered a record deal.”
On Jan. 14, Thomas dropped the music video for "Best Kept Secret," a new single which will set-up her debut album The Bad Influence.