• RZA to defend his chess champion title, because he is the RZA
02.07.14

RZA to defend his chess champion title, because he is the RZA

The RZA is the grandmaster of hip-hop, and we do not mean that in like a "Grandmaster Flash" context. The dude is mega-good at chess. Next week in Anaheim he will be defending his crown at the Hip Hop Chess Federation’s celebrity tournament, which is the most RZA-sounding federation ever. He’ll probably repeat because, well, he’s an evil genius, and he is mega-good at chess.

The event will also feature a jiu jitsu tournament and a presentation on the parallels between chess and the Brazilian martial art, because it is the most RZA-sounding federation ever. The federation itself is a solid charity, applying the discipline of chess to teach kids how to make the right choices.

Positivity, hip-hop, chess, martial arts—it's RZA's wheelhouse, alright. Has there ever been an artist whose output was so largely influenced by a single game?