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Ursula Rucker

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Origin  Philadelphia, USA
Years active  1994–present
Role  Musical Artist
Movies  The Black Candle, !K7
Occupation(s)  Singer, songwriter
Name  Ursula Rucker
Education  Temple University
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Genres  Spoken word, Hip hop, Neo-soul, Electronica
Labels  Studio !K7, FiveSixMedia
Associated acts  King Britt, 4hero, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Josh Wink, Alix Perez, The Roots
Albums  Ma'at Mama, No Stranger Here, Silver or Lead, Ruckus Soundsysdom, She Said

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Ursula Rucker is an American spoken word recording artist. Rucker is known for a diverse repertoire, and for utilizing techniques that catch her listeners' attention.


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Ursula Rucker - Poet (Full Movie)


Rucker was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she was a graduate of Temple University’s journalism program. She is of African-American and Italian descent. Rucker had been writing poetry since adolescence but kept her writings to herself until she read poetry in 1994, at Philadelphia’s Zanzibar Blue which is credited as her debut.

That very same year, Rucker was invited to collaborate with numerous recording artists, and producers including WAX TAILOR, King Britt, 4hero, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Josh Wink, Alix Perez and most notably The Roots.

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Rucker garnered a reputation for unique poetry techniques and stage presence which were described as "strong, vulnerable, wounded and raging". King Britt gave Rucker recognition and invited her to create her first spoken word recording, the 1994 club hit, "Supernatural". Dance music fans and DJ's quickly appreciated Rucker’s vocals and rhythm, which was described as "mystical". According to Britt, while the original and remixes of Supernatural were continually used in clubs widespread throughout the United States, internationally, the most popular mix of the song remains the a cappella.


Rucker's emotion in her work and words, has led some critics to compare her to celebrated writers like Sonia Sanchez and Nikki Giovanni, describing them as "powerful". Coincidentally, when Ntozake Shange was unable to supply The Roots with a spoken word contribution for their second album Do You Want More?!!?!!, they called on Rucker to do it instead. The Unlocking led to subsequent invitations to close The Roots follow-up albums Iladelph Halflife and the certified gold record Things Fall Apart.

In numerous reviews, many critics proclaim the value of Rucker’s work with The Roots, 4hero and other groups. Rucker has had reviews in, URB, Vibe, XXL, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Straight No Chaser. Rucker has also performed her work at an array of venues, universities and festivals. Among these venues include the Montreal Jazz Festival, the 1999 Winter Music Conference, a performance at Drexel University and the 2005 Amnesty International Australia Freedom Festival which aimed to raise aware of Amnesty's global "Stop Violence against Women" campaign.

Rucker has toured with Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Sylk 130, and 4Hero in the United States and internationally in Europe. Rucker also has provided a single "Soon for Unbound", which was off a benefit album for convict Mumia Abu-Jamal. Andy Puleston at writes in his review of her album Supa Sista: Ursula's vocals... is a silken delivery, that like Michael Franti, demonstrates that a quiet word in the ear can speak volumes above the microphone rant. Paul Sullivan also of says in his review of her album Silver or Lead: Ursula's velvety voice...manages to both mollify and add a sinister dimension to the harshness of her subject matter.


  • Supernatural (Single) (1994)
  • Supa Sista (2001)
  • Silver or Lead (2003)
  • Ma' at Mama (2006)
  • Ruckus Soundsysdom (2008)
  • She Said (2011)
  • with '4hero'
  • "Loveless" on Two Pages (1998)
  • "Time" on Creating Patterns (2001)
  • "The Awakening" on Play with the Changes (2007)
  • with 'Raw Artistic Soul'

  • "The Light" on You Got Rhythm Too (2007)
  • More extensive discography listings at

    Ursula Rucker

    Film Appearances

    She appears in the 2008 film The Black Candle, directed by M.K. Asante, Jr. and narrated by Maya Angelou.

    Ursula Rucker: Poet debuted at the 2008 Urbanworld Film Festival. Directed and Edited by Michael J. Dennis, it was originally commissioned as part of WYBE/Mind-TV's "'Philadelphia Stories'" Series.


    Supa Sista
    Electric Santeria
    Poon Tang Clan
    A Stranger Here
    For Women
    Song for Billy
    Black Erotica
    Brown Boy
    Untitled Flow
    Sometimes I
    Journey's Prelude
    Seraphim Tones
    Something Is Still Missing
    Wet Life
    What a Woman Must Do
    The Pliable Ones
    Philadelphia Child
    Children's Poem
    Stop Calling Me!
    Being Black
    My Sunday Afternoon
    Uh Uh
    I Ain't


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