Three things I think about when someone mentions Minnesota: Prince, James Laurinaitis, and the preferred stop-over en route from LAX to the home office for my old company in Madison, Wisconsin. It wasn’t until I first heard Brother Ali that I started investigating Minneapolis as a hip-hop town, and it wasn’t until I started checking out Minneapolis as a hip-hop town that I heard about Dessa. An accomplished MC and songwriter, Dessa is a part of Minneapolis’ famed Doomtree Crew. Her first EP, entitled False Hopes, debuted in 2005 to much local acclaim, but she’s about to splash in a big way with A Badly Broken Code. Hip-hop, balladry, confessionals, raw shit. It’s all in here, and it’s all good. Read my interview with her after the jump.
MP3: Dessa - Children’s Code (3:11)