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#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. 

Bishop Chronicles Episode 6: Ronda Rousey Potential Weakness, Interview w/ Rener Gracie and Rapper Rakaa Iriscience of Dilated Peoples

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?

Liz Carmouche on Ronda's back at UFC. 

Liz Carmouche on Ronda's back at UFC. 

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.

Alan "Gumby" Marques, Mike Relm, Adisa Banjoko, Rakaa Iriscience, Rener Gracie and Henry Akins at Area 51 (thats G-14 classified). 

Alan "Gumby" Marques, Mike Relm, Adisa Banjoko, Rakaa Iriscience, Rener Gracie and Henry Akins at Area 51 (thats G-14 classified). 

Adisa Banjoko freezing his ass off after his Harvard lecture, with two White guys ( video mastermind JP Garzone and author Brian Coleman) totally comfortable in the arctic weather of Boston. Look at his face. This is a Black man clearly built for the west coast. 

Adisa Banjoko freezing his ass off after his Harvard lecture, with two White guys ( video mastermind JP Garzone and author Brian Coleman) totally comfortable in the arctic weather of Boston. Look at his face. This is a Black man clearly built for the west coast.