Ursula Rucker, born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is an American spoken word recording artist of African-American and Italian descent. A graduate of Temple's journalism school, Rucker made her poetic debut in 1994 at Philly's celebrated Zanzibar Blue.
Rucker is known for a diverse repertoire, for unique poetry techniques and stage presence that catch her listeners' attention, both of which have brought her critical acclaim and widespread praise from fans. She combines social awareness with womanhood, black culture, and love for something musically alluring.
Over the years Rucker was invited to collaborate with numerous recording artists, and producers including 4hero, the Silent Poets, King Britt, Josh Wink and The Roots. Rucker has honed her seductive spoken wordplay inside Philly soul, hip-hop, and new jazz.