It’s cool when a relatively unknown artist you’ve been tracking for a bit receives some national attention. That’s exactly what’s happened with Dessa. NPR’s All Songs Considered just did a cool little piece on her.
The rapper/poet/everykindofcreativeventure performed a couple songs with the prominent Minnesota (Dessa’s home state) choir. I didn’t know anything about them so I went to their website and wikipedia page and encourage you to do the same.
For reference, here’s the original studio version of Dessa’s “Skeleton Key”:
And here’s the choral version:
Oh and wouldn’t you know it – Dessa will be in Philly next year with Doomtree on February 13th.