DaRuddest Jones, better known as Rude, is a Freestyle Spoken Word Artist, Event Curator, Workshop facilitator and Lead Host and Executive Producer of Rude On The Radio. Being a Bronx native, Rude understands the importance of hustle and grind and she makes that a part of her character!
Rude is the CEO of Rude T.ee V.ee Productions LLC, Writer for Unheard Voices Magazine and Blogger of the year nominee in the All Stars Music Awards 2014.
DaRuddest has been in performance since the age of 4. She's done everything from African dancing with Laraque Bey to singing background for Jerome Brooks. She's worked with the great George Faison for a number of years with a group called the Respect Project where she would sing, rap, act, dance and of course perform spoken word pieces. DaRuddest figured out early in life that she was not destined for a 9 - 5 and proceeded to have a romance with art.
“I don't want to be the girl that everyone wants me to be. I just want to be the girl that I am. I'm a quirky, funny, creative, smart mouth that sees the world in art. Not colors but ART! All I know is how to be creative. All I know how to do is talk through art. I tell stories to convey my feelings. When I'm in love I share what I really feel through music. I go to schools and teach kids how to communicate through art… I don't know how to do anything else!”
From working with George Faison and the Respect Project DaRuddest was also honored with the opportunity to work with the highly honored and highly favored Dr. Maya Angelou as well as many other, well-known artist.
“It always tickles me when people name drop. I mean, if I really wanted to I could. And the names I can drop are amazing. But I choose not to. A person should not have to use the name of others to sell themselves. A person should just be sell-able. If you have to milk the legacy of others to make yourself matter… Perhaps you need to reevaluate yourself!”
DaRuddest competed in a VIBE Magazine Spoken Word Artist competition and was crowned with second place and she has every desire to acquire the number one spot when given the chance again.
DaRuddest Jones has performed at the National Black Theater Festival in North Carolina and Apache in Atlanta, Georgia as well as local venues such as the 5spot, Brooklyn Exposure, HK lounge, Karma, Billie's Black, 3rdEyeSolation, The Street Poets Den, Moca Lounge, Marfa, Living Gallery, Voodoo lounge and many other locations.
DaRuddest Jones has been the in-house Host for Centric Spotlight at the Voodoo lounge located in Brooklyn NY, VOX Humana at Harlem On Fifth and for Private Affairs monthly erotica showcase at Amarachi Lounge also located in Brooklyn NY. And there's a long list of other events that she had the opportunity to host.
Though she is an amazing Spoken Word Artist DaRuddest also has a passion for curating events of her own. Rude had her first showcase entitled, DaRuddest Jones presents Rude T.ee V.ee, introducing her vision to support and promote spoken word artist and their dream to make it. As an extension of that DaRuddest started a monthly open mic /showcase that she held in the heart of Harlem. At the showcase, she focused on bridging the gap between Poetry and Hip Hop.
DaRuddest is the creator and director of an annual artist showcase entitled, Memoirs of a Starving Artist, better known as Moasa. Moasa was created to give new artist leverage and experience. Being apart of Moasa exposes all artist involved to free stage training, free promotion, a free photoshoot, free videography, an opportunity to make money and media exposure.
DaRuddest is determined to penetrate the entertainment industry and show the world that poetry is not intended to only be underground. She is determined to take away the cliche ideas of candles, incense and finger snapping. She doesn't wear beaded skirts and listening to Sade'. She listens to JayZ and rocks graphic tees, skirts and combat boots. She doesn't believe in memorizing stanzas. She believes is memorizing and delivering emotions.
Besides her undying love for performance art, DaRuddest Jones is also very interested in the development of the youth in the inner city. Rude leads life skills classes throughout the New York City area. In her classes, she helps her students become aware of the world around them, aware of their own greatness as well as holding group discussions on any topic of their liking. Topics included but not limited to racism, apartheid's, American History, Local News and so much more. DaRuddest Jones believes in grooming the minds of kids because they are not just tomorrows leaders but Kings and Queens.
DaRuddest Jones has been blessed with powerful experiences and amazing people. All she wants it to give the world all the greatness that it has given to her.
DaRuddest Jones is a character that cannot and will not be held back. She lives by her words and guarantees that you will feel every one.