URBHD.tv sent Jeremiah Alexis the Urban Nomad on the hunt for Ms. Hill in Northern Cali. And while he caught some serious vibes at one of America’s longest running festival, plus some rare live footage of the elusive star, she wouldn’t speak to us. The hunt continues.
While the LA rave scene was imploding last week, waaaay up in Northern Cali, a few hundred freaks were getting their techno-hip-hop-yoga-camp on at Harmony Fest, a two day celebration of all things colorful and hemp. URB roving correspondant Urban Nomad ventured up north to get the story, and to stalk one Ms. Lauryn Hill.
Last month, URB let loose a whale of a news item stating that Lauryn Hill and A Tribe Called Quest would be performing at this years Rock the Bells. Then came the RTB press conference and neither artist was announced. Of course there was the expected pile-on of haters saying we blew the call—but it turns out we were just so far ahead of the curve suckas couldn’t see it. …MORE
Dessa of the Doomtree crew took some time out from her busy touring schedule to discuss the past, present and future of her career. From humble origins in the Minneapolis slam poetry scene to selling out shows alongside P.O.S. on the Every Never Is Now Tour, Dessa has emerged as one of the most diverse and talented artists in indie rap. When she’s not on the mic she finds time to write thought-provoking works of creative non-fiction and poetry and teaches a hip hop diploma program at McNally Smith. Also check out the video for “Dixon’s Girl” from her stellar full-length debut A Badly Broken Code at the end of our interview.
URB: Who were your influences when you first got into writing and performing? DESSA: It was a writer of creative non-fiction named Dave Eggers, who was …
I’m glad I didn’t hear all the comparisons before hand. “She’s the new Lauryn Hill!” “She’s the next Erykah Badu!” “She can sing and rap!” “Did you see her hair? It’s wonderful!” I probably would have walked in to SOB’s as a jaded fan, diametrically opposing the warm vibe in the venue for the third stop on her first U.S. tour. Instead, I settled in up front, between the few videographers and photographers allowed to film the performance; one that will be sure to impress critics entice new fans and empower old ones. Nneka is here.