Supa Sista

Supa Sista

by Ursula RuckerUrsula Rucker


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Spoken word poetry is something of an acquired taste, and the debut from Philadelphia native Ursula Rucker, though promising, is unlikely to bring many new converts to the movement. The poetess has made quite a name for herself over the years, working with artists ranging from techno titans like King Britt and Josh Wink to hometown hip-hoppers the Roots and Bahamadia. On Supa Sista, she gets her turn in the spotlight, with a subdued speech pattern and sultry vocal cadences well-suited to the airy trip-hop grooves that back most of the tracks. Songs like "What???" and "One Million Ways to Burn" work wonderfully, the former matching aggressive lyrics about the state of black music today against 4 Hero's urgent rhythms, the latter pairing her sexy voice with a sensual funk groove from Jonah Sharp to create a perfect soundtrack for horizontal entwinement. But on some tracks, repetitive grooves or insistent chants prove irritating, taking the listener out of the mood the other tunes worked so hard to create. Still, all in all a fine debut.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/11/2001
Label: K7
UPC: 0730003710629
catalogNumber: 106
Rank: 99520

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ursula Rucker   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Doc Gibbs   Percussion
Victoria Miles   Vocals,Background Vocals
Tim Motzer   Bass,Guitar,Cymbals,Bass Drums,Guitar (Resonator)
Will Brock   fender rhodes
Alexkid   Multi Instruments
Alma Horton   Background Vocals
Mark Boyce   fender rhodes,String Machine
M.A.D.   Track Performer
Colin Lindo   Keyboards
Brad Somatik   Bass
Sarah Button   Violin
Hilary Skewes   Cello
Sebastian See Schierenberg   Violin
Raquel Massadas   Viola

Technical Credits

4hero   Programming,Producer
Ursula Rucker   Executive Producer
King Britt   Producer
Tim Motzer   Producer
Alexkid   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Rainer Maria Rilke   Author
Rob Yancey   Programming,Producer
Brad Somatik   Engineer

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