Underrated: "What We Used To Call The Streets, That's The Internet Now"

Thursday, Dec 6, 2012 12:05AM

Written by SOHH for Teedra Moses

[Each week, SOHH asks two entertainment personalities to name who they feel is the most underrated emcee in hip-hop. After Troy NoKA gave Lil' Flip the title earlier this week, Maybach Music Group's Teedra Moses crowns Big K.R.I.T. SOHH Underrated.]

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Across the periods, I've listened to a lot of artists. But for this period right now, I feel that Big K.R.I.T. is extremely underrated.

I feel like he doesn't get the attention for the amazement [he brings]. He produces his own stuff. He has concepts on his mixtapes that are so different. It's 360 degrees. He's a complete person. He's not just "poppin' bottles n*gga," it's not just a lyrical dude, it's not just a n*gga riding on swag, you can see so many different people in this one person.

He's very three-dimensional. When I think more in the past, I think of someone like Papoose. He's [so good], I'm just not sure why it never connected in the way that I thought it would.

I love underground sh*t. I always feel like it's always what's next to come. I'm a mom, I've got young teenage boys and they love underground sh*t too. It's crazy because they have the same kind of ear as me.

They love Drake and Lil Wayne but they love hearing something that nobody else is on or that not a lot of people are on that they're on. It makes them feel like they're on to something that's fresh and new.

So I just try to stay [on top]. The Internet is such a great place to keep up with whatever you're interested in. I try to stay abreast with all music because there's some good underground R&B as well. I try to stay with what's going on through the Internet because I've seen what we used to call the streets, that's the Internet now.

The underground drives on the Internet now. I pay attention to what's up on the underground in hip-hop, R&B, jazz, gospel to everything because I just love music. It motivates me to stay true to what I'm doing.

Teedra Moses was born and raised in New Orleans, and relocated to California with her mother following her parents' divorce. Exposed to gospel early (her mother had once been active on the Southern church revival circuit), Moses brought a little bit of that fervor to her own vocal style when she began singing professionally. Working with producer Pauli Pol, Moses released a single, Be Your Girl, on TVT Records late in 2003, following it with another, You'll Never Find (A Better Woman), early in 2004. A gifted songwriter with a sweet and sultry voice, Moses mixed a light gospel touch with timely hip-hop-inflected neo-soul on her debut album, Complex Simplicity, released in 2004, again on TVT Records.

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