MTV: Talk about your single "Superwoman." What's the inspiration for it?
Mo: The concept behind that is just letting these guys know that I can be independent, but at the same time, late at night, when I need that shoulder to lean on or I need somebody to talk to, you need to have a good man in your corner, too. Ain't nobody going to hate a superwoman, because everybody wants one and everybody wants to be one. [RealAudio]
MTV: What inspired you to cover Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time"?
Mo: If you do a cover song, and you don't do it better than the artist or take it to another level, you might as well leave it alone. So, one day when I'm performing at a big old music award show or something and I meet Cyndi Lauper ... maybe we could perform it together. They call me the black Cyndi Lauper, anyway, 'cause I'm so different. I just wanted to make it different and be different.
MTV: You appear on the interlude "I've Changed" on Missy Elliott's Miss E ... So Addictive. Talk about that.
Mo: It was originally a song she was singing, and I was doing the adlibs, but Missy was like, "Girl, I can't even sing like you," so she made it into an interlude. And it's all about that sometimes you do have to walk outside of a relationship and just be like, "Yo, I need to grow up." That doesn't mean I need to be with somebody else we could still be together but there's a time you have to [realize] you need that space to really get your mind right. All those things I used to talk, all those things I used to do, all that nagging and complaining, "You won't pay for nothing," made you feel like less of a man, baby, and I didn't realize it was hurting you like that, but I changed all that. I'm older, I'm wiser. [When I got signed,] I went up there and met [Elliott] by myself. I didn't need no big old staff with me. I don't like that industry stuff. I like the in-the-street stuff. You know, where we keep it ghetto. I call her my auntie. She just always has my back. That's my peoples, for real. For real.
MTV: Talk about your song "Friends (Those Girls)."
Mo: Who doesn't know what that stuff is about? You got to be careful what you say to people, because it can and will be used against you. It's sad that the ones you call your friends, you have to keep them closer to you than your enemies. It's just like the people you hold close to you, sometimes you gotta watch them, and that's sad. You gotta think, how many people really have friends? That's why I just have family.
MTV: How many brothers and sisters do you have?
Mo: Two brothers and one sister.
MTV: Is anybody else in the family in entertainment?
Mo: No, they're just crazy. They used to call us the fake-ass Cosbys, because we always used to have family day and family meetings, and all of this and all of that. But at the end of the day, we're just like the Wayans. I think our house would be like the Wayans', just always crazy, funny, always on. You never come in and say, "This house is boring." We just make people feel at home. That's why I'm so crazy today, because of the way I grew up.
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