With CHIME impacting later this month, Dessa Darling is back with a new single off her upcoming album.
After empowering women with “Fire Drills,” the first lady of Doomtree continues the good fight with “5 Out Of 6.”
“I wrote most of the lyrics for ‘5 Out of 6’ on foot, making long, late loops through Central Park and around my neighborhood,” Dessa told Complex. “I listened to the beat on repeat in my headphones, trying out different rap patterns and vocal melodies, jotting down anything that felt promising. A lot of walks didn’t yield any material—the beat was so unusual that I couldn’t find a way to ride it. But when I arrived at the line I’m the phoenix and the ash, I knew I had what would be the heart of the song. These lyrics reconcile sensitivity with grit—they’re about being the sort of person who makes herself available to the world, and who sometimes get hurt by it, but holds her position all the same.”
Produced by Chance Lewis, Lazerbeak, Andy Thompson, and Dessa, “5 Out Of 6” can be heard below. Press play and be sure to pick up CHIME on February 23rd.