Ursula Rucker is an American spoken word recording artist. Rucker is known for a diverse repertoire.
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 her as “powerful”. 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 appear on 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, including 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 awareness of Amnesty’s global “Stop Violence against Women” campaign.
Rucker has toured with Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Sylk 130, and 4Hero in the United States and Europe. Rucker also has provided a single “Soon for Unbound”, which was off a benefit album for convict Mumia Abu-Jamal. Andy Puleston at bbc.co.uk writes in his review of her album “Supa Sista: Ursula’s vocals… 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 bbc.co.uk 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”.
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