Teedra Moses, with five mixtapes to her one major-label release, is back with
The original was already brilliantly Hip-Hop in its vibe, the sexy, ballsy little sister to
Big Boi's "Royal Flush." A Tribe Called Quest's "Excursions." But what does Moses do to give it that last bit of edge? She pulls in Wale -- who makes Kid Cudi (the Jan to Drake's Marsha Brady) look like a star by comparison. True to form, he turns in a nonsensical 16 bars akin to Cookie Monster's early-'00s audition tape for BET's Comic View.
Guest verse aside, Moses is the same on this cut as on the original, where she slithers languidly over a menacing bass belly, kissing off her no-good man with lines like "Never thought the day would come when I'd feel how I feel." In other words, it's uninspired boilerplate fare that could have been written by Kandi Burruss in that brief, platinum-plated period between failing at a post-Xscape solo career and failing at a post-Housewives solo career.
But before you write it off, consider two things:
One: The beat is incredible. It's "Excursions" as performed by an upright-bass-led band at a black-tie gala. Luxuriously hood like the foie-gras in Crisco that is Teedra Moses.
Two: It's all in the delivery. Teedra Mo can convey emotion with a subtlety that Beyoncé, Mariah, and a latter-day Mary wish they could manage -- on record or onscreen. Where Bee would've growled sassily and Mary would've shrieked awkwardly, Teedra coos like an empress mournfully informing her errant consort that his impending hanging, though demanded by her, is entirely of his own making. In fact, I'm pretty sure that last note we heard was of her fainting theatrically onto a chaise lounge as he's taken away.
Perhaps having Wale as the male lead here isn't so bad after all.
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Teedra Moses feat. Wale: "Another Luvr (Remix)"