#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.  

#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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                                                                                                                            Photo  Courtesy of NY Post

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.

                                                                                                                     Photo by: Adisa Banjoko

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.