Teedra Moses dropped a classic “hood-life” LP – Complex Simplicity – in 2004 and disappeared (outside of the occasional mix-tape or guest appearance).1 11 years later, she’s back with her second official release: Cognac & Conversation. Teedra is still down, but has evolved: check her lyrics to 2004’s “You’ll Never Find”
Oh cat daddy…
Tell me what you know about, tell me what you know about.
(You and me together)
Loving, so sweet, no beef, just us two
Tell me what you know about, tell me what you know about
(Love through any weather)
Fuss, fight, put you out, take you back cuz baby it’s a
(Ghetto love affair, Ghetto love affair, Ghetto love affair)
Now check the first verse to “Get It Right”:
Rather have a king than a boss
Rather have a good man than a daddy
Rather die shotgun in an old school
With a cool dude than a rich dude acting badly
That theme of wanting what’s better is also covered in my favorite track off the album: “All I Ever Wanted”. Teedra always excelled in singing over hip-hop beats; the sample of Camp-Lo’s “Luchini”, which smartly sampled Dynasty’s “Adventures In The Land Of Music”, is a great backdrop for Teedra’s voice.