Desdamona ft. DJ Kool AKiEM at Great River Arts 14 Fridays
Desdamona is an international award-winning artist; who has taken her distinct lyrics, sounds, and artistic stylings to audiences from Minnesota to Hawaii to Puerto Rico to Germany; gracing some of Hip Hop and poetry’s most illustrious stages.
Desdamona is recognized as a Minnesota Hip Hop Pioneer. Although she came onto the Minneapolis scene in 1997 and wasnt the first to grab the mic, she paved the way for ladies who rock the mic in the Twin Cities and was the first female MC widely known for not only rockin mics but as a promoter, community organizer and teaching artist.
From underground mixtapes in the early nineties and the various Micranots releases, to 2006's Mixtape Deluxe, DJ Kool Akiem has been providing a steady diet of funk to the public for years now. Lacing ornate and eclectic samples over rugged drum hits and 808 kicks, Kool Akiem's productions have a distinct feeling that provide just the right amount of stimulation not to take attention away from the lyrics of his various collaborators. While most producers stick to a time-tested formula, Kool Ak constantly keeps it fresh by reinventing his production style without losing the urgent bump that folks have grown to expect from his tracks.
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