Much ado was made about the dearth of female comics performing at this year's SXSW. It's not that they aren't out there--though not in great numbers--it's just that they aren't taken as seriously as their male counterparts. The same can be said for female hip-hop MCs. But with the likes of Minneapolis-based Dessa on the scene, the game is definitely changing.
As a member of respected Doomtree collective (also the name of a record label), the author/spoken-word artist/MC/singer has been making great strides in an industry that has long been all about the boys.
Currently touring with Sims and Lazerbeak, Dessa's stop at Neurolux on Saturday, April 30, is a coup because female MCs are rare and seeing them live is even more so. The cerebral singer/spitter has long been a contributor to other hip-hop artists' work, but it was her 2010 solo release, A Badly Broken Code, that put her in the spotlight.