#57: 2019 Goals, Part 2: Lessons From the Book of Five Rings

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In part 2 of the 2019 goals series, Adisa talks about how he conquered binge drinking in his teen years and how Rza from wu tang prevented his last potential relapse. Then a conversation about legendary swordsman Miyamoto Musashi, and how the Book of Five Rings is essential reading when it comes to achieving your goals. 

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#56: Achieving Your 2019 Goals, Part 1

All month Bishop Chronicles will help you reach all your New Year’s resolution goals. In this first of a 4 part series, Adisa shows how to use stoic philosophy to focus your mind, strengthen your heart, and discipline your body. Then Ralston Gracie shares his latest nutrition innovations by merging The Gracie Diet with the groundbreaking work of Dr. Sebi. Buckle up!

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#51: Meditation

Adisa often talks about the importance of physical fitness. But what about the mental side of health? This week, we’re talking about meditation.

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#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.