For a lot of fans of spoken word poetry, Ursula Rucker is a hero, and a pioneer. The Philadelphia-bred writer/artist/musician is, in my opinion, a bridge between new urban poetry (the kind you might see on HBO Def Poetry) and old school veterans like Sonia Sanchez, June Jordan, and Nikki Giovanni. What sets her apart from many of her contemporaries is that she often records her poetry over soulful hip-hop/electronica production and has made music with groups like 4Hero and the Roots. If you want to get a quick feel for how she's revered as an artist, definitely check out the video above.
She's playing Chop Suey on May 22nd and she's got the dynamic DJ, King Britt accompanying her as well. He's real big into spinning blacktronica artists and those two together should make for a great show. All the details are below. If anybody out there is a fan of these two artists, please let me know.