Rolling Stone's 'In My Room': The Last Artful, Dodgr delivers 'Better Safe Than Social' for quarantine segment
The Last Artful performed from her backyard and indoors from her home during the coronavirus lockdown for Rolling Stone's 'In My Room' series
Alana Chenevert (better known by her stage name, The Last Artful, Dodgr) gave a spirited performance at home on the latest episode of 'In My Room', an IGTV music series by Rolling Stone in which artists perform from home while in quarantine.
The Last Artful, Dodgr is an American hip hop recording artist from Portland, Oregon, who has been rapping and performing since 2011. She gained wider recognition and acclaim following her non-album single 'Squadron' released via EYRST in 2016. The rising rapper and singer took to her backyard for the first track, 'Truth', the collaborative song with Mark Ronson and Alicia Keys that appeared on Ronson's 2019 studio album 'Late Night Feelings'. Dodgr rapped behind her laptop, with a mixing board, mic, lit candle and arrangement of plants in the cozy setting.
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Her followup performance was a slow jam spit of 'Hot', a song in which Dodgr said is one of her favorite songs she's ever written about being dumped. "It happens to the best of us. Mostly me," she said. As the song drew to a close, Dodgr took a moment to speak about those going through difficult times during the coronavirus pandemic. "That song's really hard to sing right now," she said. "I definitely want to give my love and condolences to everyone who’s suffering right now. This is a time that’s completely unprecedented, and just keep your heads up, your minds clear, your stomachs full if you can," she added.
Dodgr shifted her set indoors as "The dogs couldn't stand me apparently. I was singing on their level," she joked. Before closing the set out with 2019's 'Wrong Way', Dodgr delivered a fitting tune for the Covid-19 pandemic and the social distancing measures, titled 'Better Safe Than Social'.
The rapper's 'In My Room' episode follows performances from Sting, Joan Jett, Brian Wilson, Lucinda Williams, Waxahatchee, Cherry Glazerr, Hop Along’s Frances Quinlan, Diana Gordon, Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith, Richard Marx and others, according to Rolling Stone. Those who want to support musicians undergoing financial hardship, you can make donations to the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund or MusiCares’ Covid-19 Relief Fund.