Spring Fling artist GZA and his cousin RZA have taken their longtime love of chess online.
On wuchess.com, you can “play live chess with people from all over the world and get your learn on. Create your own chess clans to see who can build the highest ranking. Play in tournaments for prizes, or just for the joy of flexin’ ya mentals.”
According to the NYTimes:
RZA, 38, learned the game when he was 11, from a girl who, as he writes in the manual, also took his virginity. Though he and his cousin GZA, another founder of the group, both love chess, they did not play much when they were younger because, GZA said, they were too poor to own a board.
Now they play chess almost every day, and RZA, holder of the Hip-Hop Chess Federation belt — a trophy he picked up last fall at a tournament in San Francisco that featured rappers and martial-arts experts — is turning his interest into a business. On Monday he started WuChess, a Web site where fans can play chess online, chat, see scores of their games and other personal information, and get news about RZA and Wu-Tang.
Finally, the gangsta credibility chess has always needed. Although it might be an uncomfortably short step from the WuMasters’ endorsements of the game to a Tip Drill treatment.
NYTimes: RZA Promotes the Martial Art of Chess
An anonymous donor sent in a recording of GZA’s set from Spring Fling today. He says:
All the songs are tagged correctly, I think. Also, all the tracks are split up, so you don’t have to deal with one hour-long file. Oh, and he played every song but the last one (“B.I.B.L.E.”) off Liquid Swords.
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For those interested, here’s the setlist:
1. “Liquid Swords”
2. “Dual Of The Iron Mic”
3. “Living In The World Today”
5. “Cold World”
6. “Labels [a capella]”
7. “General Principles [a capella]”
8. “4th Chamber”
10. “Killah Hills 10304”
11. “Beef [a capella]” (Boogie Down Productions)
12. “Investigative Reports”
14. “I Gotcha’ Back”
15. True Master freestyle
16. “Illusory Protection [a capella]”
17. “Crash Your Crew”
18. “Destruction Of A Guard [a capella]”
19. “Clan In Da Front” (Wu-Tang Clan)
20. “Animal Planet”
21. “Hip Hop Fury”
22. “Breaker, Breaker”
23. “Legend Of The Liquid Sword”
24. “Older Gods” (Wu-Tang Clan)
25. “Queen’s Gambit [a capella]”
26. “Reunited” (Wu-Tang Clan)
28. The Tongue Is Like A Sword
29. “Triumph” (Wu-Tang Clan)