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Ursula Rucker

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.


Album Review

Ursula Rucker: Supa Sista

Read "Supa Sista" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Rucker’s seductive tones have appeared on albums by artists from King Britt to the Roots and Josh Wink. Part of the ever-burgeoning Philly scene, Rucker’s is the voice of social consciousness and truth that hip-hop has become too egomaniacal to express. Her spoken word is intimate, startling, and powerful. Stripped of all useless posturing or needless rhymes, she comes with a pure flow that is intensely honest. The musical backing is a fusion of jazz, hip-hop and soul. 4Hero’s jazz ...

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