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jrsmith17 Be it with her Doomtree collaborators or in her solo work or with Aby Wolf, Dessa continues to delight and suprise as one of the best singers / emcees in the business right now. I only sampled one or two singles while this album was in public progress, wanting to experience the whole thing as one work. So while I had limited expectations coming into the album, I came away with a big smile on my face. Favorite track: I Already Like You.
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Christian Wensauer Dessa was key to me to so many things - especially rap music, obviously.
But there is so much more. Her books, her lyrics, her talks. Her brain. Her humor. What a mastermind.
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VERSE 1 Don’t be shy I already like you Don’t care what you drive I’m attracted to the IQ Not my style to make the first move Haven’t felt this type of way since maybe high school Sealed with a kiss Signed with an Epipen, You gotta tolerate some risk If you wanna make a margin, wanna make a friend We could live a little larger Split the dividends HOOK 1 Wheels up Let’s go Already missed too much To take this thing too slow I already like you There’s no sure bet You just ride, ride, ride roulette And I like you I already like you HOOK 2 It feels right Because it’s true Don’t have to try when I’m with you You’re not the type to bend a rule But I’m your bullet And the proof VERSE 2 This city can feel like a little town Think a marathon’s on, way they’re running all their mouths But let em talk, Let em wear their selves out My book stays open I know ‘cause I wrote it Fucked up the trust fall Caught a concussion Run it off, that ain’t nothing But the cost The cost of doing business And I can take a hit with the big kids Back up off me and count your own fingers [BREAK] Wheels up Let’s go I could be your bullet and the proof Bullet and the proof I already I already like you HOOK 1 Wheels up Let’s go Already missed too much To take this thing too slow I already like you There’s no sure bet You just ride, ride, ride roulette I already I already like you HOOK 2 It feels right Because it’s true Don’t have to try when I’m with you You’re not the type to bend a rule But I’m your bullet And the proof
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Verse 1 Ever since I was a little predator Mom’s like, don’t get ahead of her I was on the hunt for something better than the regular And I knew there was candy at the register So not about to settle for the vegetables. Full grown, still got a sweet tooth still tryna climb all the walls I can see, you take your influences wichoo, everywhere you go. Mine were Carmen Sandiego Lauryn Hill and Terry Gross. But I’ve been playing hard to keep: Kiss and teleport Dark roots where the bleach won’t reach Man, that’s gotta be a metaphor But I’m still tryna storyboard it Call me back if it’s important If you’re looking for me On this Tinder shit about partners in crime Seems like Bonnie’s working little harder than Clyde When it comes to the heist, doesn’t feel like a partnership Cuz my accomplice is completely incompetent. Nonsense 1 (Twizzlers) Verse 2 Two bars walk into a joke. First is a gold bar, other is soap. Yo, lemme get the punchline I’m worth most Gold says with a glass too full to toast But Soap makes her voice go real low Leans close Rarely one to go boast But when the banks hit the button, the credit goes down to nothing, And the flood waters come in, then let’s see who floats. Watch for unintended consequences—those you don’t see The initials of your girlfriend could kill the fucking oak tree. Nothing in my pocket but the body heat Travel light, and mind your manners, man That’s my foreign policy. I’m that Netflix chick, See the pieces on the ceiling— The strategy above me All the moves when I’m competing: I’ll arrive by lightning bolt Leave by cannonball The china’s fine, man The bull’s mechanical Nonsense 2 (Robots) Outro A base hit is the son of a pitch A tanning bed is the sun of the rich. Son, keep your knuckles up, front of the fists Don’t go broke, looking for something to fix
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Champagne Fake name Number on a napkin Check please Room key More coke for the captain Lipstick on the filter Sign out on the door Seven hours til turndown services On the second floor Knock knock Ten o’clock Housekeeping with breakfast Awe shock Coffee hot Airborne in the French press Facedown on the bedspread Color nearly half dead Still recognizable as a Regular guest Missing wallet Missing watch Something in his tumbler probably stronger than the double scotch Dizzy talk with Busy cops But no mention in the paperwork of the stash cost, the cash losses No prints Only hint Blonde wig in the bathtub APB on radio, state patrol on the back up Nothing on the register No plates on the rental car Needle in the hay, girl like a shadow in the dark But nine miles away In the bathroom at a Texaco Color contact lenses, freehand freckles, money in the pantyhose Ten minutes from SFO Cop at the counter with a photo of a brown-eyed girl in different clothes Cash fare Ride share Taxi to the airport Gate 5 On time Baggage just a Jansport Business class so rum and cola Guiltless sleep til Mexico then On the beach like any other rich resorter’s doctor’s orders HOOK [SIREN CHOIR] No talking business VERSE 3 Room service Evening paper and a mai tai English version Color picture, two-inch headline: Jane Doe versus Kingpin Drama at a local hotel Suspect in the wind Drug money missing as much as half a million Likely inside job—just too much intel for civilians bills in A backpack Untrackable all cash Flight risk highly likely Solo female on the lam Back at the residence Bedtime for the Kingpin kids Mommy on the tuck-in shift Lights out now goodnight kisses White lie for little princes: Daddy on a business trip Then frantic phone calls to the lawyers: asset shelters, audit risks. HOOK [SIREN CHOIR] No talking business VERSE 4 No call No show Nanny girl still MIA Slow drawl Plain clothes But never ever out a day Mommy at the changing station Weak knees with the revelation Teddy on the top shelf: stuffing out decapitation Lens in its belly gone Day and night always ON Disemboweled nanny cam Now nanny with the upperhand. Unforced error Silly Daddy such a fool Barely there but still this fumbling with the household golden rule HOOK [SIREN CHOIR] No talking business No talking business In the baby’s room. No talking business No talking business In the baby’s room.
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LYTP 03:10
VERSE 1 Running water Standing wave I’m looking at what must be your pet hurricane Got you so spun No break from the rain Her roof held off your floor by just a trembling windowpane Maybe that ringing in your ears Is just her bell around your neck And with a smoke ring on her finger She goes and signals for the check Dolce & Gabanna Sodom and Gomorrah Broken link in bio Can’t tell the hunger from the boredom anymore CHORUS It looks like she loved you to pieces Seems she’s been having the time of your life. It looks like she loved you to pieces But time Is on nobody’s side VERSE 2 Her double take And single give She’s out of pocket Running numbers—not my business But I can see how broke you’re going Every time I visit This life of yours passing just-just as fast as she can live it Dolce & Gabanna Sodom and Gomorrah Broken link in bio Can’t tell the hunger from the boredom anymore BRIDGE You can’t save your youth For later, so Take all you that you can carry and Time is on nobody’s side CHORUS It looks like she loved you to pieces Seems she’s been having the time of your life. It looks like she loved you to pieces But time Is on nobody’s side OUTRO CHORUS It’s not too late Til you say it is Kingdoms come, kingdoms go You don’t have to be brave To lift your face to this I’ll be your yes among no’s It’s not too late, Til you say it is I’ll be your yes among no’s Kingdoms come, kingdoms go You don’t have to be brave To lift your face to this
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Rome 03:24 video
LYRICS: Take your fronts out If you’re talking to me No VIP says VIP I’ve known powerful women And beautiful men, And none of em calling for bottle service settle down and settle in Mind your manners make a friend Motherfucker Where you been? How you living? Have a drink. It’s cash only But the staff knows me Tell em it’s the girl in the back Tab’s open. CHORUS 1 When in Rome You live by Roman code It used to be If don’t like it, you could leave But then the walls came down And so it’s all Rome now. VERSE 2 (16 BAR) You want a standing desk You get floating grave They say pound of flesh Ah, but then it’s metric--wait Hold up Tryna get the glow up Hope the bitcoin flip before the code rusts Middle class: the poor man’s poor man Disappoint the kids, bringing home the store brand Whole life with a stone against your shoulder Tryna flip the symbol over Get it equal to or more than Chekhov says you got a gun, you gotta use it. Guess they’re reading Chekhov downtown, in their cruisers Bang—catch the case we all lose Make Dixie look like Khartoum That Lady Justice ain’t blind yet Lens cap on the body cam – missed again, damn Make you wait While they run your name and St. Peter at the gate Says, tuck your chain in. CHORUS 2 When in Rome You live by Roman code It used to be If don’t like it, you could leave But then the walls came down And so it’s all Rome now. VERSE 3 It was the golden age before the firewall blew Pictures pretty and the products all new But then the data got bigger than the beta test who ‘da thought, after all, looks like the wire wore you. And I think beauty fucks us up It’s like sugar—in the natural world, we’d never get this much So the appetite is bottomless Call Maybelline Anonymous Make narcissists of all of us We never get enough. It’s two-bit feminism Only says you’re better than Some other bitch-- That’s digging the same ditch One of us winning don’t fix the damn system Toes out, girls, back to second position The natural order is value neutral Culture institutes a few virtues Capital comes and brings moral confusion But do anything long enough And the body gets used to it CHORUS 3 (x2) When in Rome You live by Roman code It used to be If don’t like it, you could leave But then the walls came down And so it’s all Rome now. When in Rome You live by Roman code (Here in Rome) It used to be If don’t like it, you could leave But then the walls came down And so it’s all Rome now. When in Rome (Here in Rome)
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Bombs away On belay I repel Heard the call Of the falls And I fell Threw my voice in the noise Threw myself with the coin If this thing works I’ll land first live to tell Look what my future’s gone and done Couldn’t get the car keys off her took the money and run But time will retrieve me Wouldn’t leave me here in space out of reach With no signs and no reasons To hold myself in place. But time can make the future settle will stand us back to back can melt us back together fuse to the future to the past. Bombs away On belay I repel Heard the call Of the falls And I fell Threw my voice in the noise Threw myself with the coin If this thing works I’ll land first live to tell
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VERSE 1 Flip a coin, flip a car I don’t care where we are The picture and the sound won’t synch And some things time can’t fix I’m built for nights like this Don’t mean I’m proud of it And the rose in my teeth Was a pin so it seems You pull it and brace to blast Get ready for the bang and flash Alright just one last dance make it fast Prechorus I know How the tide pulls deep Eyes open But the mind’s asleep Flash frozen In the driver’s seat Lights and motion But they’re lost on me. VERSE 2 There’s a dozen selves inside you Tryna be the one to run the dials And some aren’t even on your side When the hunger comes and finds you, only code it knows is rote survival you’ll do the rest in your spare time Tryna get that universal feeling in an invite-only private room guess the ring came off in the glove Looks like you pawned the silver lining Around the cloud that follows you Guess that good old push came to shove Prechorus I know How the tide pulls deep Eyes open But the mind’s asleep Flash frozen In the driver’s seat Lights and motion But they’re lost on me. HOOK 1 Out in the water You can’t touch bottom It pulls you farther Life on land forgotten Verse 3 -4 bar instrumental- The world rolls over I’m pulled under Stone cold sober, But I feel nothing. Bridge I’m just a girl In the body of a boy In the belly of a whale You can’t be sure This far from shore Which winds prevail Prechorus I know How the tide pulls deep Eyes open But the mind’s asleep Flash frozen In the driver’s seat Lights and motion But they’re lost on me. HOOK 2 (double) OUTRO Flip a coin, flip a car I don’t care where we are
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Combining wit, tenderness, and poetic sensibility to rare effect, Dessa spins delicate and charged stories and animates them with her expressive alto voice, arresting for its honest, clear simplicity. Transcending the restrictions of genre to reveal an astonishing multi-platform voice. Member of the Doomtree collective. Essayist. Rapper. Amaretto enthusiast. ... more

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