Ursula Rucker

Ursula Rucker Biography

There is a new sound emerging from Philadelphia. Ursula Rucker’s debut album SUPA SISTA (!K7 Records) strikes an intricate balance between hip-hop, new jazz and Philly soul - all infused with poetic vision. Since 1994, performance and recording artist, Ursula Rucker has collaborated with some of the most innovative artists in music. Admired and respected for recordings with 4 Hero, Jamaladeen Tacuma, King Britt, The Silent Poets, Josh Wink, and Bahamadia, Ursula has also been honored to close The Roots three studio lps.

SUPA SISTA is a departure from Ursula’s previous work as she pushes lyrical poetry to places it’s never been by fusing multiple genres. Throughout SUPA SISTA, she flexes her skills as a songwriter, lyricist and vocalist. Touching on subjects ranging from womanhood, the state of black music, love lost, and child abuse, Ursula teamed with an array of producers to create an unprecedented effort that is entertaining, provocative and socially conscious.
4 Hero (Talking Loud/Mercury), Alexkid (F-Communication), and Jonah Sharp (Spacetime Continuum) contribute to the soundscape of SUPA SISTA alongside Philly producers King Britt (SYLK130), Philip Charles (SYLK130/Retrofonix Labs), Tim Motzer (SYLK130, Jazzheads), and Ursula’s frequent collaborator Robert Yancey III. SUPA SISTA was recorded in Philadelphia, San Francisco, London, and Paris.

Music and art critics have embraced Ursula’s socially conscious works. The Philadelphia Inquirer describes her work as “portraits of street life with the punch of a musically endowed Eric Bogosian monologue.” and hip-hop journalist Tom Constabile (XXL) declared that "Ursula Rucker is the truth Jack Nicholson told Tom Cruise he couldn’t handle." The alluring tales she created for the The Roots contained subject matter that was motivated by heightened consciousness. Whether exploring sexual exploitation as in The Unlocking or introducing the lifestyle of a crack-dealing single mother in Adventures in Wonderland, she provided listeners with an intimate glimpse of urban reality. Whatever the content, Ursula has an uncanny ability to strike with unrivaled, softspoken and seductive lyricism.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Ursula is a graduate of Temple University’s journalism department. She coveted her poetry until making her debut at Philly’s Zanzibar Blue in 1994. Attracted to diverse genres, with roots firmly grounded in hip-hop, Ursula’s collaborations throughout the 1990’s included Loveless (4Hero/ Talking Loud), Get Ready (Silent Poets/Idylic),and the Gravity Games (ABC) anthem Sixth Sense (Josh Wink/Ovum Recordings). Ursula’s later work illustrates her growth as an artist and her ability to transcend the bounds of poetry. The life and death saga Return to Innocence Lost (The Roots/MCA); an unsettling portrait of slavery Soon (Rob Yancey/Realized Recordings) and the classic Jazzanova remix of the mer-fantasy driven Circe (Guidance Recordings).

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