Indie hip-hop artist Dessa heads to the Ninth Ward
blog by Kathryn Przybyla • April 17, 2013 @ 2:56pm
She’s got a sound like no one else.
Often described as a mix between Mos Def and Dorothy Parker, Dessa will be performing in Buffalo at 8 p.m. on April 30 at the Ninth Ward. The indie hip-hop emcee and writer has an incredible way with words, many times flowing between soulful lyrics and quick rhymes.
“Dessa’s first full-length record, ‘A Badly Broken Code,’ introduced her to a national audience as a rapper, a singer and a potent, imaginative lyricist. It earned a binder of superlative reviews from sources like NPR, the Seattle Times, and AM New York. To tour the album, she assembled a small cast of talented instrumentalists to re-interpret the disc for a dynamic live concert. Part rap show and part cabaret, the elegant presentation charmed both audiences and critics—not a negligible feat in hip hop, a genre with its share of purists,” according to Babeville.
Her latest record, “Parts of Speech” is out on June 25 and includes tracks that you can boom out of a car window and has been described as “boasting a beat like Azealia Banks playing Pacman, which provides a background for her confident, hypnotic flow.”
“This record involves multiple narratives. It explores the same themes of love, loss, connection and communion as a lot of my work, but the angle and lens through which they’re explored sets this album apart from my previous ones,” Dessa said in a recent interview. “The production techniques were new for me too — we spent a lot of time crafting a record that could include live players, Doomtree production and sometimes a blend of the two.”
Check out her video for “Dixon’s Girl” below.
Photo courtesy of Facebook.