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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

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


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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 .


Episode 22: Adisa Talks About Being Awake During Surgery, His Addiction to TV, How a Roller Coaster Almost Killed His Wife, Jay Z & Barneys + The Dark Side of Jiu Jitsu



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.




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


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.