#43 The Get Down with Grandmaster Flash + Unreleased Del Song

After falling in love with The Get Down on Netflix, I was consumed with the idea of meeting Grandmaster Flash. Then I was invited to speak at Words Beats and Life's WBL Fest in Washington DC at the prestigious Kennedy Center. It was an amazing trip, but Murphy's Law was in full effect. Then I finally meet Grandmaster Flash himself and he yells at me to "Fix my face." My life is nuts.  After that, you can check out a portion of my talk in DC.  I have never given this talk before. It is about Bruce Lee and how martial arts and Hip-Hop came together.  Then hear a track I did with Del from Hieroglyphics in 1994 that has NEVER been released until now. 

The legend, Grandmaster Flash in the flesh at the Kennedy Center in DC at WBL Fest

The legend, Grandmaster Flash in the flesh at the Kennedy Center in DC at WBL Fest

#42 The Hip-Hop Vatican: Afrika Bambaataa & Betrayal Pt. 1

Afrika Bambaataa (R) was accused of molesting Ronald Savage aka Bee Stinger (L) when Savage was a young teenager. After telling the press he never knew Bee Stinger, it was was proven that in fact he had known Savage and done events with him in the early 1980's. If Bam would lie about knowing Savage, what else would he be untruthful about? Photo courtesy of www.clutchmagazine.com . 

Afrika Bambaataa (R) was accused of molesting Ronald Savage aka Bee Stinger (L) when Savage was a young teenager. After telling the press he never knew Bee Stinger, it was was proven that in fact he had known Savage and done events with him in the early 1980's. If Bam would lie about knowing Savage, what else would he be untruthful about? Photo courtesy of www.clutchmagazine.com . 

 

Over the past few weeks Afrika Bambaataa founder of the Universal Zulu Nation (the oldest and up until now the most respected organization in Hip-Hop) was hit with a barrage of sexual abuse charges. They all came from grown men who were abused allegedly as children by Bambaataa. At first it just seemed weird and hard to comprehend. Today the organization teeters on the brink of complete collapse. There is war and rumors of war all inside the Hip-Hop underground. Many individual rappers and rap groups who one might think would speak up, have remained silent as church mice. Some of those who have spoken up and out about the allegations against Afrika Bambaataa have been called government agents of COINTELPRO and attacked online.

Unfortunately, as time went on, it only got more and more weird. I was a member of the Universal Zulu Nation (UZN) since the early 1990's. I am from the first group of Bay Area Zulu Members. I wrote about my resignation from the organization and condemned the top tier leadership of the organization in a statement at www.hiphopchess.blogspot.com . After my resignation I got a lot of support from people inside the UZN. Shortly after artists like 9th Wonder and others all started to condemn the allegations and remove themselves from UZN.

 

As you might know, I had JUST DROPPED my book Bobby, Bruce & Bam: The Secrets of Hip-Hop Chess April 10th of this year. People were loving it, I had a great momentum- then thissss. I took Bam off the cover. I just had a new design made and the new ones should be ready within the next ten days.

The truth of the matter is that Bambaataa HAS NOT been charged to date. However, the accusations continue to climb and from all the chaos there is only one sure thing: The Universal Zulu Nation has a potentially corrupt founder and a sinister set of top tier leadership that enabled him in a Vatican style scenario. This story is still developing and only seems to be getting worse. Some of you may not know Afrika Bambaataa by name. But he is one of the core reasons anyone in the world knows Hip-Hop exists. This podcast is a serious conversation about what happened, its implications and

#41: Free Nick Diaz! Plus Exclusive Interview with BJJ Icon Ryron Gracie

UFC Vet Nick Diaz was suspended from fighting for 5 years due to weed in his system. Meanwhile fighters who have cocaine and steroids got slapped on the wrist. #FreeNickDiaz

UFC Vet Nick Diaz was suspended from fighting for 5 years due to weed in his system. Meanwhile fighters who have cocaine and steroids got slapped on the wrist. #FreeNickDiaz

Ryron Gracie, Adisa Banjoko and Ralston Gracie at new HHCF HQ 

Ryron Gracie, Adisa Banjoko and Ralston Gracie at new HHCF HQ 

What was the NSAC thinking when they suspended UFC fighter Nick Diaz for weed? Nobody knows. They must be nuts. That's why I called them the nuts sac. After that, we were lucky enough to talk to Ryron Gracie at the HHCF HQ in Fremont, CA. In this interview we talk about jiu-jitsu and a tool for non-violence, bullying, and what sets Ronda Rousey apart from her competition.This is a good one. Buckle up!!!  

#40: Coming Straight Outta High School: Eazy E and The Bishop

                  Eazy E and The Bishop at the first NWA show in Richmond, CA circa 1988

                  Eazy E and The Bishop at the first NWA show in Richmond, CA circa 1988

Here is an NWA story that you can only get from the Bishop Chronicles. It's about the unlikely friendship between a gangsta rapper and suburban Black kid in need of a career path. Eazy E basically gave me the shot at being a journalist long before The Source, XXL or Vibe Magazine existed. 

L-R Eazy, Ren, Dr. Dre, Arabian Prince, lower front JT my friend and The Bishop

L-R Eazy, Ren, Dr. Dre, Arabian Prince, lower front JT my friend and The Bishop

Possibly the first article on Eazy E ever done. Written by a kid obsessed with rap. 

Possibly the first article on Eazy E ever done. Written by a kid obsessed with rap. 

As a weekend binge drinking teen, on his way to failing out of Oceana High School in Pacifica, CA-  only one man, my counselor Mr. King saw my potential as a writer. Mr. King basically forced me into writing for the school newspaper. I told him that while I appreciated his vision, I did not want to be a writer. He insisted. I obliged but only if I didn't have to cover wrestling, swimming or football. He agreed. Boyz in the Hood had just come out. It was not even a hit. But a local DJ had given me a copy soon as it dropped. I called the offices of Ruthless Records and my life, Hip-Hop was never the same.  This is the story of how two people who believed in my ability to write, changed my future forever. 

Without Mr. King, my counselor at Oceana High School there is no Bishop Chronicles. He was the first person to see a journalist in me and allow me to write about what I loved, Hip-Hop. I owe everything I have ever written and every speech I have ever given to him and Eazy E. 

Without Mr. King, my counselor at Oceana High School there is no Bishop Chronicles. He was the first person to see a journalist in me and allow me to write about what I loved, Hip-Hop. I owe everything I have ever written and every speech I have ever given to him and Eazy E. 

#38: Traxamillion & Ronnie Lee: The Evolution of Hip-Hop and Technology

R-L: Sound Engineer Malcolm Lee, Ronnie Lee Music, Traxamillion and The Bishop

R-L: Sound Engineer Malcolm Lee, Ronnie Lee Music, Traxamillion and The Bishop

This is a fun episode recorded at the Seven Trees Music Center in San Jose. It is ran by producer Ronnie Lee Music ( who teaches music production at the Underserved and Gifted program) and not far from San Jose's own Traxamillion. Here we talk about the technological and cultural evolution of how music was produced way back, and how it's made today. . . We talk about the life and death of hyphy and the rise of trap music. Trax even shares a poweruful story about how he met The Jacka. 

#36: NBC's Scott Budman on the State of Silicon Valley, Tidal and VC Firms

                                NBC 11's Silicon Valley News Anchor, Scott Budman

                                NBC 11's Silicon Valley News Anchor, Scott Budman

BC family we have a super hot show for you lined up right here. We get real honest about the Mayweather vs. Pac and the "Fight of the Century". Then we talk about why UFC and MMA in general are just way better. But after that we talk to NBC Silicon Valley journalist Scott Budman. He is at the forefront of all the news happening in and around the valley.

Scott Budman (follow him on twitter @scottbudman) gives an honest, fun, insightful overview on everything from Jay Z and Tidal, to the Apple watch (do you need one?), to racial diversity in silicon valley and the latest with venture capital firms. if you are a of technology, if you are an entrepreneur or a VC, this is the show you wanna see on BC.  

#35: Empire, Scandal, Gender and Race with Filmmaker Thembisa MShaka

This episode is one of the coolest in a long time. We speak with entertainment author and filmmaker Thembisa MShaka. We dig in deep on things we know you love. We're talking about TV shows like Scandal, Empire, Fresh off the Boat and much more. Thembisa and I take a look at how race and gender have evolved in television.  We also talk about how the biggest ways technology changed how we make and enjoy Hip-Hop. Prior to making films, Thembisa was one of the top ad writers for some of raps biggest campaigns including Nas, Lauryn Hill, Wu-Tang Clan and more. You will learn a lot and laugh while doing it. Buckle up BC family.

Legendary rapper Nas, Thembisa MShaka and Cha Cha when life was illmatic!

Legendary rapper Nas, Thembisa MShaka and Cha Cha when life was illmatic!

Adisa opens the show talking about his fear of flying and his experiences with the Oberlin Chess Team and the UConn Hip-Hop Collective.

Justis, Adisa and Jasmine at UConn Hip-Hop in Education Conference

Justis, Adisa and Jasmine at UConn Hip-Hop in Education Conference

Oberlin Chess Club after Hidden in Plain Sight: The History of Hip-Hop and Chess presentation

Oberlin Chess Club after Hidden in Plain Sight: The History of Hip-Hop and Chess presentation

Should the UN Step in to Stop Police from Killing Unarmed Civilians? Plus Jasiri X Interview!!

                                                                                                      

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The police murders of unarmed citizens from Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Tony Robinson and others have sparked outrage across the country. The issue is polarizing cops and the African-American community at heights not seen arguably since the 80's. Beyond the race issue, many Latino, Asians and White citizens are finding themselves on very bad ends of police encounters.

However, the recently video taped unarmed civilian killing of Walter Scott in South Carolina brings a new chill to the discussion. Additionally, the severe beating of a San Bernadino County man by the sheriffs dept. after he totally complied has people asking a lot of questions. Recently the Wisconsin community announced they plan to try and take the case of unarmed civilian Tony Robinson to the United Nations.

The idea of taking the US to the UN for crimes against African Americans has been on our tongues since the era of Malcolm X. But will it help? What can be done to change the way cops interact with Blacks and others so its less likely to end in death for the civilian or the cop? Also, how are most Hip-Hop media outlets helping or hurting the discussion? This is what we talk about today on Bishop Chronicles.

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Then we talk with the ever opinionated and inspiring rapper and activist, Jasiri X.

 

 

Vince Krause on Skateboarding, Jiu-Jitsu and Paul Walker

After a few weeks off, the BC family gets hit with a unique hard hitting exclusive. Adisa Banjoko shares details on the impact recent incidents of gun violence have taken on him. He shares the toll it took on him mentally, spiritually and physically. Walk with him as he travels to Hawaii in search of personal clarity and meets a very unique individual near the shores of Waikiki Beach.

 

Listen to him speak with Jiu-Jitsu practitioner Vince Krause. Mr. Krause shares how the art of jiu-jitsu bonded he and acting icon Paul Walker as students of the gentle art. Bishop Chronicles takes you on a deep journey that speaks not only to Walkers' dedication to perfecting the art, but also his efforts in perfecting his character as a human being. The duo spent several years training in Hawaii, LA, Atlanta, Puerto Rico and South Africa during the filming of the Fast and Furious film series.

Between the conversation you will also learn deep aspects of skateboarding culture, speed chess in Hawaii,  and the unifying force of jiu-jitsu. You have never seen this side of Paul Walker, and you can only see it here on BC.

#31: Ronda Rousey: A Different Look at Gender in the UFC

Ronda Rousey just took the planet from 0-100 mph by beating the authentically formidable Cat Zingano in only 14 seconds at UFC 184. In this episode you will get possibly the BEST play-by-play explanation of what actually happened in the ring. Then, we look at this UFC victory in a way that takes us past the Octagon. We look at what her flawless victory means about gender, MMA, war, sports, psychology, strategy and history. In 14 seconds, she changed pretty much everything and the way we can look at everything.


#30: (Special Edition) Detroit Red and The Jacka: Lehigh University Lecture

Here is a special episode of the Bishop Chronicles. It is a lecture given by Adisa Banjoko at the Malcolm X 50 Conference at Lehigh University. It illustrates the connection between rap music culture and the Civil Rights, Black Power, NOI and 5% Nation movements. It goes onto show correlations between the early life of Malcolm X in his Detroit Red phase and the life of rapper The Jacka, who was recently murdered in Oakland, CA. OR WATCH HERE

Adisa Banjoko preparing to deliver Lecture at Lehigh on Malcolm X and Hip-Hop.

Zumbi from Zion I Talks Hip-Hop, Tai Chi, UFC and more!

Zumbi from the rap crew Zion I is one of the best rappers living in the bay today. Their dope beats and positive, fun, wise lyrics have taken them across the globe. Along his travels Zumbi has studied deeply, the art of Ta Chi, Buddhism and African Traditional spirituality. We specifically talk about Zion I's 2012 Shadowboxing release and where he was at psychologically and philosophically. 

In this episode we talk about the impact of those studies on his art, the general state of Hip-Hop and how it impacts race relations in America . We also talk about the impact of Kung-Fu films affected so many in the Hip-Hop community (especially Black men) Plus we talk about race in the UFC, Jonnny "Bones" Jones cocaine situation and what that means for the UFC. 

From there we talk about everything from pros and cons of the vegan lifestyle,  as well as other health and diet methods. Zumbi also shares his favorite Kung-fu films as well as his thoughts on Bobby Shmurda and the impact of mainstream radio on young minds.

It goes down heavy in this episode. So if you are super sensitive and can't deal with the real go somewhere else. This is BC where its our job to make sure you #LearnSomethingNew 

#27: Charlie Hebdo

BERTRAND GUAY / AFP - GETTY IMAGE

BERTRAND GUAY / AFP - GETTY IMAGE

SPECIAL REPORT: Adisa takes takes a serious look at the terror attacks in Paris at the Charlie Hebdo offices. The discussion looks at the unnecessary violence, the responsibilities of free speech and the easiest path to peace looking ahead.

Arthur Chu "Trolls and Martyrdom: Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie": http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/01/09/trolls-and-martyrdom-je-ne-suis-pas-charlie.html

People of the Book, by Zachary Karabell http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/People_of_the_Book

Golden Age of the Moor, by Ivan Van Sertima http://www.amazon.com/Golden-Moor-Journal-African-Civilizations/dp/1560005815

The Immortal Game, by David Shenk http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immortal_Game

Correction: in the podcast, Adisa refers to Arthur Chu as David Chu. Our apologies.

UFC 182: The Superior Strategy of Jon Jones + Interview with D'Juan Owens, Dr. Peter Goldman and Carley Gracie

Jonny "Bones" Jones gave a dominating performance in UFC 182. Cormier came in with everything he had. He had moments of immense power, and he did real damage. But it simply was not enough. In this episode we look at some of the tactical and psychological elements of his strategy to remain unbroken.

Jon Jones remains unbroken.

Jon Jones remains unbroken.

 

Then we talk to MMA fighter D'Juan "Dirty South" Owens. This man is a living archetype on the the fusion of martial arts, chess and Hip-Hop. This is a truly mind blowing and inspirational interview.

R to L MMA Fighter D'Juan Owens, Adisa Banjoko of Bishop Chronicles and Dr. Peter Goldman

R to L MMA Fighter D'Juan Owens, Adisa Banjoko of Bishop Chronicles and Dr. Peter Goldman

After that, we check in with Dr. Peter Goldman of www.sfgoldman.com about healthy ideas and concepts you can use to start the year with a greater sense of authentic wellness.

Clark Gracie with his father Carley and his brother Ralston

Clark Gracie with his father Carley and his brother Ralston

 

From there we talk with the one and only Carley Gracie, "The Lion of the Gracie Family" and his sons Clark and Ralston. We talk about the benefits of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, pressures growing up as a Gracie, how the art first came to the USA and concepts behind the mysterious and immensely beneficial Gracie Diet. #LearnSomethingNew

LISTEN to rapper Kalhi (who introduced me to Ralson at the Chess Kings Invitational) kill it on this amazing song about Chess and Jiu-Jitsu called A Technical Flow: https://soundcloud.com/bishopchronicles/a-technical-flow-kalhi-feat

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Jiu-Jitsu, Hip-Hop and Meditation: The Metamoris Episode + EXCLUSIVE with Ralek Gracie

Adisa Banjoko, Denny Prokopos, Purple Yin Poison and Rakaa Irsicience

Adisa Banjoko, Denny Prokopos, Purple Yin Poison and Rakaa Irsicience

In this episode of Bishop Chronicles Adisa interviews Denny "300" Prokopos from 10th Planet Jiu- Jitsu in SF, alongside legendary Dilated Peoples MC, Rakaa Iriscience . I've been friends and fans of these guys for a long time. When Rakaa told me he was coming to town (doing shows for their new slamming album Directors of Photography) , I knew we had to make this one happen.

 

They talk about two of their favorite things: Jiu-Jitsu and Hip-Hop. It all begins talking about the cultural power of the Metamoris event created by  Ralek Gracie. He masterminded a top tier, submission only grappling event that has changed the way many of us look at jiu-jitsu, grappling and MMA. This conversation was no-holds-barred and so a lot of touchy things get brought up. Should all tournaments be sub only? Is there a place for points and advantages in the competition space? The rules of Jiu-Jitsu continue to evolve, what is working and what's not?

After that, we look at the role of meditation as it relates to our Jiu-Jitsu training, art, and life in general. Adisa shares the true roots of the Iron Hook Scroll, Denny talks about how Kundalini yoga affected how he saw Jiu-Jitsu and Rakaa shares how meditaion practices given to him by his father help him develop today as a rapper.

Denny Prokopos, Rakaa Irsicience and Purple Yin Poison after rolling and recording.

Denny Prokopos, Rakaa Irsicience and Purple Yin Poison after rolling and recording.


 

If that was not enough, we have a short interview with Ralek Gracie at the closing of the episode. We hope you have fun and learn as much as we did from one another in making this podcast.

Shoutout to : CTRL Industries, Dstryrsg.com, Heroes Martial Arts, Open Mat Radio (my fam right there!), On The Mat.com SF Goldman.com, Eddie Goldman and NHB News, and most of all, YOU. PEACE

Bill Cosby: Psycho Dad

Bill Cosby has been hit with more rape allegations in the last month than any celebrity I can think of in my entire life. I have never liked Bill Cosby though. I have always believed he was one of the biggest hypocrites and arrogant judges of Black America. In the wake of this avalanche of growinf allegations, there is much to reflect on in the man we now know as, Psycho Dad*.

*Yes I know he did not go to court yet. Dudes still trippin'.

Also, I got pulled over by the cops just the other day in a car with no tags in a car I've been trying to fix and a suspended license (I need to pay this ticket for real). The experience made me reflect more deeply on cops and average citizens in America. Be prepared to think differently.

Ferguson, America, Race and Reality PLUS: Exclusive Talk from RZA to Incarcerated Youth!

 Ferguson, America, Race and Reality PLUS: Exclusive Talk from RZA to Incarcerated Youth!

RZA and Adisa Banjoko visit the St. Louis Chess Club after speaking to incarcerated youth and visiting the World Chess Hall of Fame. Adisa Banjokoserved as Education Consultant and lead researcher for the Living Like Kings Exhibit (open now till April 26th 2015).

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SPECIAL EPISODE: RZA, Emilio Rivera of Sons of Anarchy On HHCF Chess Kings Invitational Panel


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PR Contact: Meek Gaborski

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RZA of Wu-Tang Clan Successfully Defends Hip-Hop Chess King Title 

Suggests A Fusion Math & Music Can Help Educators Reach Youth

Hip-Hop Chess Federation Declares RZA Winner of HHCF Chess Kings Invitational


Los Angeles, CA 2/26/14- The Hip-Hop Chess Federation (HHCF) is proud to announce that RZA retained his title at the Chess Kings Invitational , a celebrity chess tournament, Sunday Feb 16th 2014. The event was part of a high level submission only jiu jitsu tournament called KO Finisher. The 8 man tournament included Actor Emilio Rivera of Sons of Anarchy, MMA Fighter Ralek Gracie, Rakaa Iriscience from Dilated Peoples, Hip-Hop producer Shafiq Husayn, LA Chessboxing Champion Andrew McGregor, Rugged Monk of Black Knights and Adisa Banjoko.  


Hip-Hop Chess Federation Founder, Adisa “The Bishop” Banjoko stated “The HHCF would like to congratulate RZA on winning the 2014 Chess Kings Invitational. RZA defended his title with the focus of a Shaolin Monk. Additionally, our Mind Over Matter panel proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that educators, artists, chess and martial arts can benefit at-risk teens and kids through sharing new ideas. “ RZA and the HHCF raised 5k to benefit an after school chess program at Santee High School in South Central Los Angeles. The program is expected to launch in the next few weeks.


The  Mind Over Matter panel featured RZA, actor Emilio Rivera from Sons of Anarchy, Dr. Martin Gomez Principal of Santee High, Dr. Sergio Flores Director of Partnership for LA Schools, Rakaa Iriscience of Dilated Peoples, and LA Chessboxing Champion Andrew McGregor. The panelists discussed how Hip-Hop, chess and martial arts can lead American youth to unity, strategy and nonviolence. FULL AUDIO OF RZA’s talk on the Mind Over Matter Panel can be heard in its entirety at The Journey Podcast . 

LISTEN HEREhttp://thejourneypodcast.com/portfolio/special-episode-mind-over-matter/

RZA, who also serves as the Director of Outreach for HHCF stated “It was an honor to do battle and emerge victorious at the Chess Kings Invitational in LA. It was great to share ideas on blending music and math to reach the youth. I believe the conversations on our panel can open some peoples eyes.We hope to share the educational power of fusing Hip-Hop, chess and martial arts with even more people next year. “


In related news, the HHCF recently released Street Games Vol. 1 hosted by DJ Rob Flow and A-Plus of Hieroglyphics. Street Games Vol. 1 is a profanity free mixtape about the connections between Hip-Hop Chess and martial arts. It includes A Technical Flow by Kalhi feat. UFC coach Ryron Gracie,  64 Squares in the Cipher by Sunspot Jonz, Zumbi and Rakaa IriscienceThe Chess Clock by Quadir Lateef and Jasiri X, and The Maurice Piece, a tribute to the first Black Grandmaster of chess, Maurice Ashley.


For more information on HHCF visit www.facebook.com/hiphopchess  or follow on Instagram @realhiphopchess.


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About Hip-Hop Chess Federation: The Hip-Hop Chess Federation is the first nonprofit 501(c)3 to fuse music, chess and martial arts to promote unity, strategy and nonviolence. They host celebrity chess events and panels of life strategies for at-risk, gang impacted and gang intentional youth. Artists like RZA and GZA from Wu-Tang Clan, The Jacka, Immortal Technique, Asheru,  Zion I, DJ Qbert, Dilated Peoples, Hieroglyphics and many others have participated in their events. Founder Adisa Banjoko has presented at Harvard University and World Chess Hall of Fame on how chess, martial arts and music promote peace in the streets in 2013. Visit their official website at www.hiphopchessfederation.org .

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