(release date: October 6th 2003)
"Don’t give in to the confines of space and time/Climb out of our corrugated box/Lock all boundaries in the closet/All limitations in safe deposit/Lose the key/Go on a thinking spree/Free your mind/Free your mind/Free your mind."
– From Q & A, Silver or Lead
Philly-born poet, Ursula Desir√© Rucker knocked ’em out of the box with her debut album, Supa Sista. Intricately weaving words with music on her sophomore effort, Silver or Lead, she cracks her whip on unsuspecting and complacent ears worldwide. Kicking knowledge on everything from womanhood to slavery, to love, sexism, politics and more, Ursula redefines spoken word with her trademark socio-political urgency and sweet "song-speak." As one of the architects of Philadelphia’s poetic revival, Ursula landed in the spotlight far before slams and Def Poetry Jam made headlines. Following in Supa Sista’s acclaimed footsteps, Silver or Lead boasts even more provocative music and word fusion.
With song after poem after song – the two become one as Silver or Lead proves that poetry has never been this head bobbing. On the Jazzanova-produced "What A Woman Must Do," she offers a biting testament on the complexities of what it means to be "She" in this world. With "Release," Ursula flexes her lyrical muscle as she rides the up-tempo, Congo-driven smash by Masters At Work’s Little Louie Vega. "What he did is amazing. I
have never ever done anything like that