One of the most well-rounded members of the Minneapolis-based hip-hop collective Doomtree, rapper, singer, writer, and speaker Dessa first made a name for herself in the world of poetry slams.
Developing her skills as a writer and artist as both an undergrad student at the University of Minnesota, Dessa took her passion for spoken word poetry out into the Minneapolis scene, eventually meeting people who would lead her to direct interaction, and eventual membership in, the Doomtree collective. Once she established her skills as an MC in the group, Dessa released a solo EP, False Hopes, in 2005. Widely acclaimed by the local press, the EP made a number of year-end critic lists, and established her as the rising star within Doomtree. In 2009, she became the first of the bunch to release a book of her written work, entitled Spiral Bound. This upward movement only increased as 2010 saw the national release of her first solo full-length, A Badly Broken Code. The album, having already created a buzz before its release, won an avalanche of critical acclaim and was a brisk seller in her hometown. In 2013, she issued Parts of Speech, which peaked within the Top 100 on the Billboard 200. A remix EP, Parts of Speech, Re-Edited, was issued the following year. In 2016, she contributed the song "Congratulations" to the chart-topping The Hamilton Mixtape. ~ Chris True, Rovi