In our current KEXP Documentary series, “Poets & Music,” we explore the interplay between the beat and the word, and feature some of the many poets who record with music, like William S. Burroughs, Saul Williams, Patti Smith, Gil Scott-Heron and more. Ursula Rucker is a writer from Philadelphia whose poetry has been backed by electronic and hip-hop musicians like King Britt, Jazzanova, Wax Tailor and The Roots. Her intense, pull-no-punches style of writing takes a lot of guts to show to the public. In this feature, Ursula talks with KEXP Docs Producer Michele Myers about how it feels to publicize her personal feelings. She also discusses why art is supposed to make you feel and not just make you feel “good.”
Join us for a profile of one of the most talented and overlooked artists of our time... With clips of her best work...
Ursula Rucker’s new album, She Said, just dropped and is now available through iTunes.
KEXP Documentaries are created by Michele Myers with assistance from John Felthous, Tiffany Grobelski, Mary Janisch and Executive Producer Kevin Cole. If you would like to follow along more closely in the creation of these radio stories, we post research materials, songs and videos on our Facebook page and on Twitter.