R&B soul singer Teedra Moses has been doing her thing in the underground scene for several years. Earlier this year (March 2011), she made headlines after signing as the first lady to Rick Ross’ label imprint. Now the songstress is getting ready to make her return to the scene after laying low for over half a decade. The “Complex Simplicity” singer has been busy working on her next album, which is set to drop via the Maybach Music Group/Warner Bros.
Speaking with Vibe, Teedra reveals that she’s has been in her own zone for her forthcoming album. “I’ve been kind of recluse and caught up working on my album so I’ve been really focus on that. Working on my album is a process that really, I keep to myself and I hope [my labelmates] don’t take it any personal way,” Teedra explains. “I just try and stay focus on what I’m trying to push on myself. So I’ve been very focus on working on my project, I haven’t really being involved with [Self Made Vol. 2] as much.”
Much of this reclusiveness also falls into place because of her sound difference compared to the rest of the label. “I’m a totally different genre and trying to stay true to what I do that is different. I’m just trying to stay focused,” says Teedra.
With much of the Maybach Music Group consisting of rappers, Teedra stays in her own lane and focuses on what she’s good at. In other ways, the “Complex Simplicity” vocalist will not be next to follow in the footsteps of singers-turned-rappers, nor will she be making her acting debut anytime soon unless the role is something she has experienced in her own life. Much of her reasoning stems from her disapproval of artists using auto-tune to sound like singers, which she finds “disrespectful” to her craft.
“Acting is a craft. Rapping is a craft. I get annoyed when people think they can just throw auto tune to their voice and do what I do. So I’m not going to disrespect what other people do. I’m just trying to make this music crack,” Teedra explains on her thoughts of venturing outside of music.
She continues, “You would have to give me the role of the single mother that’s taking care of her kids by herself because I can play that role. You have to give me the role of the singer, struggling to make her career rise because I can play that role. But if you want me to play The Stepford Wife, it won’t work because I don’t know nothing about it. I’m just very honest with myself.
“I can write a rap and give it to somebody to spit, but I’m not a rapper. I’ve been gone for so long and when I say gone for so long, I really haven’t cause I’ve been out here grinding, but people don’t know that, so I’ve been gone from their eyesight. So if I was a fan of Teedra Moses and she came back and started rapping, I would be like ‘This b**ch is crazy!'” Teedra jokes.
“As much as I’m self-absorbed, I do consider the people that have been rocking with me for what I do. There’s a couple of tracks on the mixtape where I’ll spit a verse or something like that, but it’s just me really having fun and playing. I just try and stick to what I’m good at,” summarizes Teedra.
Let’s hope we hear the new album soon!