Supa Sista
Record label: !K7
Format: 2xLP/CD
Release date: 4 September 2001

It's an album that she had the talent to make years ago, but I guess the opportunity didn't come along until recently. Whatever the case, I'm thankful that it's finally here. After hearing her works close out three albums by The Roots in a row, how could you not want more of her perspective on things? Supa Sista features Ursula Rucker as Philly griot, a poetess whose words double as porcupine quills and whose voice is so sweet that you can't even tell you've been pricked until it's far too late. More than ample production is provided by longtime collaborators King Britt, 4 Hero, and others. Along with Rucker, they create an album that pieces together jazz, drum and bass, hip-hop, and spoken word. Recommended tracks include "Womansong," "Spring," "7," "What??" and the hard-hitting "Song For Billy."

{cali ginseng}

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