At the time of her death in 2010, Teena Marie was working on her 14th album, “Beautiful.” Teena’s daughter, 21-year-old Alia Rose, has finished the album on her behalf and it will be released on the 15th of this month.
During a recent interview with EBONY, Lady Tee’s daughter talked about the album, her emotions while completing it, and what she misses most about her mother.
On Her Decision to Finish and Release the Album:
“It was just something that I had to do. I was a lot different than I used to be. You know, I had a lot of growing up to do, and I feel like this project is almost like a milestone for me. Like, people don’t even know all of the stories behind everything. They just get to appreciate the art. But there was so much emotional weight behind it.”
On Her Experience While Completing the Album:
“It was more so a burden at first. Honestly, I’m not gonna lie to you. My mom isn’t here and I have to put out her last album. So all of a sudden, like maybe eight months ago, they’re starting to send me all the mixes for the album. I listened to the album all the way through in my car—I do a lot of thinking in my car—and all of a sudden it was like I heard it for the very first time. And I really realized how amazing the album was, how amazing it could be, and how much the fans are gonna appreciate it.”
On What She Misses Most About Her Mother, Teena Marie:
“I miss her cooking. I miss lying in bed with her in the middle of the night. ’Cause a lot of people don’t know that I slept with my mom until I was, like, 12. She was a single mom. So I slept with her until I was about 12 and one day she started saying, “You know, you’re gonna have to start sleeping in your own room if I ever get married one day.” So I started sleeping in my own room and then she hated it. But every once in a while I would go lay down in the bed with her. I miss her so much. She was my best friend, and there’s so many things on the daily that I wish that I could bring to her and talk to her about.”