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WuChess with RZA and GZA

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

GZA bootleg

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.

Get it here!

For those interested, here’s the setlist:

1. “Liquid Swords”
2. “Dual Of The Iron Mic”
3. “Living In The World Today”
4. “Swordsmen”
5. “Cold World”
6. “Labels [a capella]”
7. “General Principles [a capella]”
8. “4th Chamber”
9. “Shadowboxin'”
10. “Killah Hills 10304”
11. “Beef [a capella]” (Boogie Down Productions)
12. “Investigative Reports”
13. “Gold”
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)
27. “Silent”
28. The Tongue Is Like A Sword
29. “Triumph” (Wu-Tang Clan)

Thanks, Anon!

Baby Cart to Hades at Film Hall

This sounds ridiculous:

To make up for last week’s slow moving Incident at Blood Pass, which included surprisingly few incidences of blood, we’ve got a sure-fire deathfest for you this week:


In case you missed DRAGON’s screenings of the first two films, here’s a recap:

Heads roll, maniacs laugh, children commit murder, bloody handkerchiefs drift in the wind, and exposed chests get sliced wide open. It’s a perfect way to prepare for GZA’s performance next week, since his album Liquid Swords opens with a clip from this series. Don’t miss 89 minutes of bloodshed and mayhem!

Date: Tuesday 4/29
Time: 9 pm
Place: Film Hall