Vixen Chat: Teedra Moses Talks New Music, VIBE's Role Models and Rihanna
After being under the wing of Maybach Music Group lord Rick Ross for a little over a year, things are looking quite bright for singing starlet Teedra Moses. Her budding career and fan base is growing at a steady pace and the 35-year-old couldn't be more excited.
Vixen caught up with her to discuss her music, upcoming NYC show at City Winery and hot topics in today's industry.
VIBE Vixen: What have you been working on lately?
Teedra Moses: I’m continuously working on bettering my shows and fine tuning the songs I’ve had from before and adding new ones. I’m just narrowing down what I have and polishing it. We are also working on a new record, photo shoot and trying to get more images out.
Are there any particular sounds that you play with when creating music?
I like the live element on every record. Guitar, bass, horn, something because its something about having different people come together in that synergy and that’s important for me. I’m interested in making classic and timeless music, and you just can’t without organic instruments somewhere.
It’s on Thursday (May 31), and I’m excited. I’m always excited to perform in New York. My intentions are always to give as much intimacy as possible. I want people to leave there feeling like, 'Damn, she’s so cool. That’s my homegirl; I love her.’ Musically, I want to introduce a couple new records and some that I’ve never performed before. I just want to give a little something different because I come here all the time. I always end up really turnt up at a NY show. They make the ratchet come out, and I’m normally sipping on something. Hopefully, they’ll be doing the same, and it will just be a good time with my folks.
What do you think of VIBE’s new reality TV queens cover?
They look fabulous. Chrissy looks the fiercest on the cover. I like her, she’s really thick, but it comes off really well on her; she’s really gorgeous. And she’s a rider! I love that about her too.
What do you think of them as role models for young girls or women in general?
I think any woman that lets another woman be a role model to her daughter [rather than] herself is not doing a good job. I think those women are there to get their paper, so I don’t judge them. I don’t have role models myself; I try to just follow God, so I don’t really get caught up in that. I think a woman should be proactive in her daughter's life. She may look up to people, but the mother is the example to follow.
You don't have any role models?
When you're at a certain age, everybody is fallible. You know, nobody is perfect, so you don’t look at anyone and exalt them; you only exalt God. There are certain people that I admire. Like, I love Sade’s career and I love Anita Baker’s voice, but I don’t know them. When you don’t know a person, it’s kind of hard to get caught up with talking about role models.
Has anything changed being under Rick Ross’ wing career wise?
People tend to give me more attention now. I’ve been doing the same thing I’ve been doing, but people tend to pay attention more and that’s always helpful sense. I’m trying to build my brand and get notoriety. It helps a lot in that aspect.
How do you feel about Rihanna being at the center of Meek Mill, Chris Brown and Drake’s beef?
I just say, Yay, Rihanna! Power of the P. I don’t know whats going on, but if she’s got three men fighting over her, power of the P. I like her, and I love that she’s being herself. I love that she’s found her freedom in this walk. She’s doing whatever she wants to do; she’s young and doing her thing. I like looking at her live her life. That girl went from getting her face bashed in to just living, so good for her.