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September 05, 2013


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Dessa’s Parts of Speech

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She uses just the one name, but don’t be fooled by that brevity. Dessa, a rapper from Minneapolis, has earned a following with her song-writing skills and her work as the only female member of the hip hop collective Doomtree. In this conversation with host Dick Gordon, she talks about her path from philosophy student to poet to rapper.

Lyrics to “Skeleton Key,” from Dessa’s new album Parts of Speech:


I haven't met a locked door yet

that I couldn't beat

On a chain around my neck

I keep my skeleton key


Don't waste your worry on me

I always find what I need

Come and go as I please,

I've got my skeleton key


 Various cuts from Dessa's album Parts of Speech.

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