Tiara Thomas, the singer-songwriter who was featured on Wale’s “Bad,” has signed to Division1/Interscope Geffen A&M, according to XXLmag.com. Division1 is the label owned by producer Rico Love, who has worked with Usher, Nelly and Beyonce, among others. He launched the imprint in 2010.
“I’m extremely excited about Tiara Thomas being a member of the Division1 family," Rico Love says according to XXL. "She’s an amazing talent, phenomenal vocalist, and one of the most creative songwriters I’ve heard in a while. We’re anxious to see how the world receives her. We have no doubt that they’ll love her as much as we do.”
“Tiara is a gifted and versatile artist,” added John Janick, President of Interscope Geffen A&M, as per XXL. “We’re excited to work with Rico and Divison1 to develop and expose her extraordinary talent.”
"Bad" is culled from Wale's forthcoming The Gifted album, which is slated for a June 25 release. Tiara Thomas also appeared with Wale on his 2010 mixtape "More About Nothing" on the song "The Cloud."
Last week, Wale spoke with New York radio station Hot 97 regarding Tiara Thomas. The Maybach Music Group artist says he "was a casualty of the game" because he did not sign Tiara Thomas, who also raps. "That bitter reality just hit me," Wale says during the interview. "But it's all good. Shout out to Tiara Thomas and her new situation."
When pressed by Hot 97's Peter Rosenberg to elaborate on why he did not sign Tiara Thomas, the Washington, D.C. rapper initially declined. "I don't want to go there," he says. "Shout out to Tiara Thomas, though."
Later in the interview, Wale does expound, though. "I don't believe in paperwork too soon, 'cause I like to show and prove what I can do," he says. "I kick myself before I complain about somebody else...She just did what she felt like was in her best interest."