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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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).Read More
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Adisa Banjoko and Mike Relm look at 2013 from front to back. From the passing of Nelson Mandela and Paul Walker, to Kendrick Lamar, to Ronda Rousey shutting up any doubters, Scandal, Real Husbands of Hollywood...Its a great fun show. We're glad to have you with us. Happy New Year!!!!
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SHOW MENU: Surgery from start to 15:00 Roller Coaster Chaos 17:30 Great TV (Walking Dead, Scandal, Mindy Project, Brooklyn nine nine) 20:30 Jay Z and Barneys and Macys 33:18 Palhares and the Dark Side of Jiu Jitsu 44:40
After a few weeks down, we are back. Long story short, Adisa had a small tumor in his forehead he had removed. It took longer to heal than he had anticipated. But he's up and at em today! He gives a pretty spooky, but interesting tale about getting his surgery. He also talks about how he took is wife to Great America to ride Goldstriker and he thought she was having a stroke. Then we talk about his favorite TV shows. From Walking Dead, Scandal, to The Mindy Project and more we talk about why these shows are working. Then we talk about Jay Z, racial profiling accusations at Barneys and Macy's then we talk about some of the DARK SIDE of jiu jitsu. Its out there...Buckle up. This one here is a good ride. Plus new music from HHHCF Street Games Vol. 1 is at the end of the show.
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Kanye says the second verse of New Slaves is the best verse of all time. Not for him, but of all rap. We here at The Bishop Chronicles love Kanye as a producer, respect him as a rapper- but that's just crazy talk. We give two prime examples in the new issue here.
Later we talk about Spike Lee on Kickstarter and what is says about Spike and Hollywood. Jay Z and Belafonte having beef as well as the horrific wave of bad tattoos around the world.
After speaking on that and more, we interview Chris Corrales of www.medicinevoluton.com about alternative health methods. He does Structural Integration also known as Rolfing. It has amazing impact on how the body feels and operates. On top of that, he's got a crazy jiu jitsu history that will take you from San Diego, to The Bay, Brazil, Abu Dhabi and back!!
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What a show. We talk about the sad loss of Anderson Silva, jiu jitsu icon Roger Gracie and the nature of entertainment and warrior psychology in the UFC. We also start looking at Jiu Jitsu in MMA and a few reasons BJJ guys have come up short in the cage as of late.
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This episode moves faster than a freight train. We open talking about Kanye West and Kim Kardashians new baby, we move from there to look at how Jay Z has taken mantle over as king of all big business in Hip-Hop. He has truly replaced MC Hammer as he redifines what it means to be a businessman in Hip-Hop. After the viewing of the Maga Carta Holy Grail ad on TV during the NBA Finals, there can simply be no question about his place in the game.
From there we take a look at the 2 Chainz attempted jacking in SF and a deeper look at the history of rappers getting gaffled in The Bay. DJ Quik could have told him how it was in The Bay, but there is a cultural shift in industry business that has cut off mainstream rappers from the communities that buy their music. Lean back and learn something!
From there we take a look at the deeper elements of author Iceberg Slim and ask the question "Can there ever be redeption for a pimp?" His work gave birth to the Blaxploitation films of the 70's, and was the motivation for artists like Ice T, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Jay- Z and Cash Money Record founders Baby and Slim. Was there more to Iceberg than meets the eye? Cash Money Content is currently owns the bulk of Ice Berg Slims work and is selling it to a new generation of young people. How might this affect those hyponotized by the "pimp life"? From there we end with a fantastic interview with CEO of Sgrouples.com Mark Weinstein having a serious talk about privacy and whats really at stake for the American public.
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Intro start- 1:10
Molly Mix 1:11-2:56
Kendrick Lamar Stands Against Molly Rap 3:20-5:00
Rick Ross, Molly, Date Rape & Reebok 10:54-15:00
Amanda Bynes vs. Rihanna + Jay Z and Dame Dash 18:00-22:00
Business and Technology Attorney David Frazee on Silicon Valley 24:00-57:38
Outro and PPC Code 58:00
On this show we talk about one of the most popular drug with teens that is quite deadly- MOLLY (aka MDMA)! A lot of rappers promote the drug all the time, but Kendrick Lamar has taken a bold stance against the drug in his new video. Its a subtle but very strategic way of getting young people to pay attention to the negative impact of the drug. Kendrick Lamar is easily one of the biggest rappers out right now. We posted his video below! Below that, we posted a track by Tyga who has a song celebrating the casual use of the drug.
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Rick Ross, Kanye West, Lil Wayne and many other artists have celebrated use of Molly and few seem to realize the long term impact of it. We take a good look at how the constant rotation of these kinds of songs has kids as young as 12 experimenting with Molly.
We also talk about the fall of Amandy Bynes, her beef with Rihanna and the importance of having a good team around you.
From there, we take things up a notch and talk with David Frazee from K&L Gates who talks with us about current trends in the Silicon Valley venture captital and technology world. We talk about everything from basic fundamental business elements you need to have on deck (regardless of how cool your idea is) as well as the importance of havinga proper NDA (non-disculsure agreement) is in todays business world. I don't care if you are small business, mid-level business or fortune 500...If you take yourself seriously, you want to tune into this interview.
From there, we talk about the PPC Code. A fundamental framework the HHCF (Hip-Hop Chess Federation has put together to help teens and young adults map their life strategy into actualization.
In this issue we take on gangster bankers and corrupt people in education who function as educational terrorists. We take a deep and serious look at the economic impact and the rarely discussed human toll of corruption within HSBC and San Francisco Unified School District .
They create a ripple effect of crime, drug use and emotional distress within the families they affect.Our guests are Basketball coach and mentor LyRyan Russell and Hip-Hop Chess Federation Education Director Arash Daneshzadeh.
Then we talk with Henry Medina. He was the leader of the notorious Young Galaxies gang in NY in the 70's. His life and journey from teen gang leader to active mentor and peacemaker in San Francisco is amazing.
Dr. MLK Jr., taught that poverty was the root of much violence. Lets learn about who keeps those cycles in motion and why many in the government are so reluctant to prosecute to the full extent of the law.
This is not an attack on banks, bankers or capitalism. Rather it is a counterattack on those who abuse it.
This was probably the hardest show for me to record, because the topic is so complex and the end result will have impact on ALL American citizens and the potential to being a new era of peace. We are talking about the Boston Bombing.
After a short look at some current events like Jason Collier coming out in the NBA and some cool news about Yahoo! and the implications of Snoop Dogg (promoting a gun buy back program), we talk about the Boston Bombers.
We know what you have seen in the media. We know what you think you may know about the Boston Bombings. Nevertheless, there are a lot of conversations NOT happening in regards to the terror attacks themselves and the religions, social and political implications they leave in America's wake.
In this episode we talk about how little we really know about the attacks, about those blamed for the attacks, about Chechens, about Islam in America and the failure of the media to really investigate this issue with sincerity, instead of sensationalism.
This will be an ongoing discussion. This is not about conspiracy theories. This is about taking a hard look at what happened, what we understand (and don't understand about these attacks and who is being left out of the conversation to our detriment.
This is not a show made for people on the hard left or the hard right. This is for the people looking to learn the truth about where we are, how we got here and what we can start to do so we can leave this state of confusion and violence.
We hope you take this show seriously. We hope you join us in the search for truth and peace.
This show is jam packed. So much insanity is going on in the world so we have a lot to get into. First we talk about Lil Wayne, the state of his addiction and how an authentic cure that may exist for him in Mexico. Then we take a look at gay marriage in the Supreme Court, and Prop 8. From there we talk about how Adisa eats at Chick-fil-A and ask the question "Can you vote for Prop 8 and still eat at Chick-Fil-A?"
From there we look at the history of boycotting in America and we ask another question "Is boycotting played out? Is it still an authentic tool to force change? We take a historic look at successful boycotts in Montgomery Alabama, South African apartheid ,the musicians boycott of Sun City and others.
Moving along we look at a sad story where a Muslim female teacher was murdered in Pakistan. Adisa Banjoko makes a personal plea to the men of Islam about the protection of Muslim women and girls around the world.
Then we take a look at Hip-Hop's biggest secret. Slavery still exists. A lot of old school rappers are slaves to the tour, because they singed bad contracts. We're gonna look into that reality. Here we look at the HHCF poisoned pawn life strategy and how many rappers fell for it.
From there we talk with Mark "Fightshark" Miller about his amazing path in MMA. If you know anyone who thinks they want to do MMA, make sure they listen to this interview. Shelby Jones is on deck with him and we talk about the many joys and pains of MMA life. We also talk about his new book being published by Anthony Bourdain.
This is the weekend we have a lot of fun looking at some things we love. Hip-Hop and MMA!!! First Adisa breaks down his trip to Cambridge to speak at Harvard. He speaks especially about how Bay Area people are not built for East coast weather.
Then we move on to talk about the Ronda Rousey Liz Carmouche fight. It was magnificent, but, some say Rousey had a key weakness exposed. Do you agree?
From there, we talk about something I think we sprouting up all over America in the next decade or so: The rise of cults. Cult behavior is popping up in all kinds of odd places and the idea here is really about protecting your own mind and faith in your OWN ability to solve issues.
Finally we talk with the one any only Rener Gracie and Rakaa Iriscience from Dilated Peoples about the differences between MMA and Gracie Jiu JiuJitsu. While many think they are the same, they are worlds apart. Rakka makes some great insights showing the connections between what Gracie Jiu Jitsu is and what the MMA industry market to the masses, have a striking correlation to what Hip-Hop is and what the Rap industry market to the masses. Come learn a bit more about the sport you love.