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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.

Episode 19: IS Kendrick Lamar the King of NY ? +The History of Battle in Hip-Hop

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No rapper on earth has caused as much excitement and anger in the game as Kendrick Lamar. We just talked about him a few weeks back celebrating his courage in speaking up against the use of Molly.  

Well the other week he did a cameo in a song with Big Sean called Control and in it he attacked most of the top level rap industry guys. He listed the following rappers by name in this song as being people he was better than: J Cole, Big KRIT, Wale, Pusha T, Meek Millz, A$AP Rocky, Drake, Big Sean, Jay Electronica, Tyler (the Creator) and Mac Miller. He further stated that he was the King of NY (remember, this kids from Compton) and he basically said if you were not Jay Z, Nas, Eminem or Andre 3000 he did not even consider you on his level.  

Listen to it in full here:

 

 

 

 

What Kendrik Lamar has done is bring rap back to its deeply competitive roots. That was the nature of battle raps before the emergence of "beef" (real violence rooted in rap battles) . We look at the history of battle raps in Hip-Hop, the importance of it and how Kendrick is forcing people to rethink WHY they do rap music. Further its making fans rethink what they expect artistically from the rappers they love.

Also, the wave of memes created by this one song is arguably unmatched.

We also talk about how a lot of NY rappers left their core root of style and how this has hurt them over the years.  IS he the king of NY?

After that, we have a serious talk about the 40th birthday of Hip-Ho being disputed by some...We will take a look at what the REAL birthday of Hip-Hop and ask ourselves, how much does it matter? Buckle up. Its about to get serious... My FAV response to Kendrick is Quadir Lateef.