Philly poet and the voice of doom that closes out the Roots' studio albums, Ursula Rucker is, alongside Saul Williams, one of the few MCs who can make their lyrics read and sound like poetry, not just words strung together. Supa Sista is a lyricist's dream, a heady record full of delicate linguistic twists and turns that demand repeated listens to decipher. Rucker is in top form, hinting at earthy R&B and deep soul but never descending into diva territory. Less impressive are the beats surrounding her words. There are a couple of string-drenched 4Hero productions and one King Britt throwaway, but most of the beats on Supa Sista are wishy-washy home studio cuts. Considering how many other people's records she's juiced, you'd think Rucker could call in a few favours to make her debut bounce a bit more.