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Ursula Rucker

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 Ursula Rucker Biography

Poet, performance and recording artist, Ursula Rucker is recognized as one of the premiere spoken word recording artists in the music industry today. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Rucker began documenting her observations of the world when she was just a girl.

A graduate of Temple University's journalism program, she kept her creative writing as a prized, personal possession until she was prepared to share her gift with the world. In 1994, Rucker introduced an open-mic night audience at Philadelphia's Zanzibar Blue to the beauty and urgency of her poetry.

Word quickly spread throughout Philadelphia of her verse and stage performance, which has been described as "strong, vulnerable, wounded and raging." Producer King Britt was quick to recognize Rucker's talent and invited her to create her first recording, the 1994 club classic, "Supernatural" (Ovum/Slip N Slide UK). According to Britt, while the original and remixes of "Supernatural" were celebrated in clubs all over the globe, the most popular version remains the a capella.

Critics were quick to compare Rucker to celebrated writers like Sonia Sanchez and Nikki Giovanni. Coincidentally, when Ntozke Shange was unable to provide The Roots with a contribution to their debut album, "do you want more?!!?!!" (Geffen, 1994), they called on Rucker to fit the bill. "The Unlocking," which closed "do you want more?!!?!!," introduced Rucker to the world of progressive hip-hop and led to subsequent invitations to close The Roots follow-up albums "iladelph halflife" (Geffen 1996) and "things fall apart" (MCA, 1999).

The alluring tales Rucker creates for The Roots contain subject matter that is motivated by genuine concern and 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 provides listeners with an intimate glimpse of urban reality. Rucker's most recent work illustrates her growth as an artist and her ability to transcend the bounds of traditional spoken work recordings. The mermaid-fantasy drive "Circe" from Guidance Recordings' spoken work compilation Urban Renewal is demonstrative of her talent as a storyteller and chanteuse. "SOON," which is featured on Unbound, is an unsettling portrait of slavery in the United States.

With her multifaceted career in full swing, 2001 will be full of activity. In the coming months Rucker plans to finish recording for her first album "SUPA SISTA," complete a collection of poems for publication and, has work forthcoming in "Harvard Advocate." In addition to recording, public performance and writing, Rucker will also provide narration for the stunning feature length documentary "VOODOO" directed by award winning photo journalist Alberto Venzago.

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Speaking Topics
  • The Truth is Spoken Here

  • African American Women in Hip-Hop Today

  • Children, Youth and the Hip-Hop Nation

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    Booking fees for Ursula Rucker, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Ursula Rucker, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Ursula Rucker?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Ursula Rucker for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Ursula Rucker for your next private or corporate function.
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Ursula Rucker

Spoken Word Artist

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Ursula Rucker Biography

Poet, performance and recording artist, Ursula Rucker is recognized as one of the premiere spoken word recording artists in the music industry today. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Rucker began documenting her observations of the world when she was just a girl.

A graduate of Temple University's journalism program, she kept her creative writing as a prized, personal possession until she was prepared to share her gift with the world. In 1994, Rucker introduced an open-mic night audience at Philadelphia's Zanzibar Blue to the beauty and urgency of her poetry.

Word quickly spread throughout Philadelphia of her verse and stage performance, which has been described as "strong, vulnerable, wounded and raging." Producer King Britt was quick to recognize Rucker's talent and invited her to create her first recording, the 1994 club classic, "Supernatural" (Ovum/Slip N Slide UK). According to Britt, while the original and remixes of "Supernatural" were celebrated in clubs all over the globe, the most popular version remains the a capella.

Critics were quick to compare Rucker to celebrated writers like Sonia Sanchez and Nikki Giovanni. Coincidentally, when Ntozke Shange was unable to provide The Roots with a contribution to their debut album, "do you want more?!!?!!" (Geffen, 1994), they called on Rucker to fit the bill. "The Unlocking," which closed "do you want more?!!?!!," introduced Rucker to the world of progressive hip-hop and led to subsequent invitations to close The Roots follow-up albums "iladelph halflife" (Geffen 1996) and "things fall apart" (MCA, 1999).

The alluring tales Rucker creates for The Roots contain subject matter that is motivated by genuine concern and 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 provides listeners with an intimate glimpse of urban reality. Rucker's most recent work illustrates her growth as an artist and her ability to transcend the bounds of traditional spoken work recordings. The mermaid-fantasy drive "Circe" from Guidance Recordings' spoken work compilation Urban Renewal is demonstrative of her talent as a storyteller and chanteuse. "SOON," which is featured on Unbound, is an unsettling portrait of slavery in the United States.

With her multifaceted career in full swing, 2001 will be full of activity. In the coming months Rucker plans to finish recording for her first album "SUPA SISTA," complete a collection of poems for publication and, has work forthcoming in "Harvard Advocate." In addition to recording, public performance and writing, Rucker will also provide narration for the stunning feature length documentary "VOODOO" directed by award winning photo journalist Alberto Venzago.

Ursula Rucker Speaking Topics

  • The Truth is Spoken Here

  • African American Women in Hip-Hop Today

  • Children, Youth and the Hip-Hop Nation

FAQs on booking Ursula Rucker

  • How to book Ursula Rucker?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Ursula Rucker for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Ursula Rucker, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Ursula Rucker or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Ursula Rucker?

    Booking fees for Ursula Rucker, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Ursula Rucker, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Ursula Rucker?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Ursula Rucker for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Ursula Rucker for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Ursula Rucker or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Ursula Rucker or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

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Ursula Rucker Speaking Topics

  • The Truth is Spoken Here

  • African American Women in Hip-Hop Today

  • Children, Youth and the Hip-Hop Nation

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All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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