Marian and Izy have a love-in going on via computer, and today they’re lovin' the music of Minneapolis hip-hop artist Dessa, whose “music is intriguing, mysterious, beautiful, danceable”... Izy describes it as “lavish and highly addictive.” Marian agrees.
They provided a sample of Dessa's music as a prompt for members and contributors at the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, telling us how Dessa likes to take everyday sayings and bend them in her own way. It is this aspect of the artist I would like to get into today.
Better Never than Late
Dessa says “kiss the bottle, spin the girl”
and take the English language for a whirl—
now do your thinking 'way outside the box
if you don’t have a chicken, roast an ox.
blamestorming’s not like rocket science now
it’s better to know who instead of how.
if you’re between a hard place and a rock,
it’s better that you yell instead of knock.
the best things out since sliced bread would be grapes
pre-packaged in their skins like naked apes.
better never than late, they often say
(say those who don’t know nighttime from the day)