Saturday, April 4, 2020

When Thugs Cry: An Unknown Tupac Story


Recently the internet started buzzing because of a cool conversation between legendary rapper Talib Kweli and Public Enemy front man Chuck D pm People's Party Podcast. They were talking about a story where Chuck D made Tupac cry one night. The video of the conversation is HERE


The story below, is the article I wrote that sparked the conversation: As told to Okayplayer by acclaimed author + founder of  the Hip-Hop Chess Federation, Adisa Banjoko.
[It was] October 20th, 1991 [and] the hills of Oakland caught fire. What started as a small brush fire quickly burned down large a part of the city. Ashes floated downwind as much as 30 miles away. Depending on where you lived in The Bay, the sun was orange from all the smoke. That wasn’t the only thing burning however.
Racial tensions across America were red hot. A few days before, Tupac Shakur was approached by Oakland Police Department for allegedly jaywalking. Apparently, when he told them his name, “Tupac Amaru Shakur,” they laughed. They mocked his mom for naming him Tupac. ‘Pac got upset and he yelled back at them. He was beaten by the police pretty severely that day. He would later sue the city and win $42,000.
I called ‘Pac to interview him for the newspaper [I was writing for] shortly after.  At the time, it was for The Commemorator. It was a newspaper founded by the O.G. Black Panthers. One of the founders was Bobby McCall, as in the father of Money B of Digital Underground. He gave me my first regular writing gig at The Commemorator. My column was called “The Bishop’s Baseline” and I had called Tupac the day after the incident to get a quote from him. He was too angry and still healing to really do an interview with me.
The evening as the firestorm raged on, Public Enemy and Anthrax were doing a show in town. With all of the political and racial tension rooted in the Bay, this show was going to be really wild! Some were already saying that the burning taking place in Oakland was happening most in the hills—where most of the rich whites were living—and was karma of the city’s abuse of black people. I was also writing for The Source and Rap Pages around that time, too, so I had to go to this show. Chuck D and I had met a year or two earlier through a rapper named AK Black. I left for the venue super early because I was afraid that the bridge might get shut down or the officials of the city might tell people to stay indoors.
When I got to the venue, as I said, it was super early. People were still setting up the stage. I was told that Chuck D and activist/educator Harry Allen were upstairs. When I got there, Chuck was asleep on this super-narrow orange table, dressed in all-black with a yellow-and-black Pirates hat. Where he was laying was connected to the wall with this long, vanity mirror. It was just as wide and as long as Chuck was. The lights were on bright and his hat covered his face as he was lying there like King Tut. Harry was also in the room in all-black, sitting at a black card table set up in the center of the room wearing this baby blue kufi. His head was resting on his hands which were palms down on the card table. Other than them, the room was perfectly empty and perfectly silent.
The first thing that struck me was that there was no security, no S1W‘s or Fruit Of Islam at the the door, in the room, or even in the hallway. It seemed dangerous for them to be unprotected during these times, so I stood at the opening of the door for about 30 seconds. I was contemplating leaving or sitting in the hallway to just let them rest. Right then, Chuck’s spidey sense went off. He took the baseball hat off his head and he looked toward the door where I was.
Recognizing me instantly he put the hat back over his head laying back casually, and said, “‘Sup Bishop?” he said sleepily. “Ain’t you supposed to be putting out fires around here?”
Harry sat up with his eyes wide open trying to reorient himself from his slumber.
We talked for bit about the fire and then Chuck asked me about Tupac. I told him I just talked to ‘Pac and that he was injured, mad and sad over what had happened to him with the police. All three of us spoke about how the pattern of being beaten by police unprovoked was getting out of hand.
He sat up on the orange table and said, “Listen Bishop, I’m gonna dedicate a song to Tupac tonight.” He went onto say how he had love for him and he felt his pain. “If you see him, tell him [that] PE got his back.”
I responded with “OK,” and then I left them to go rest up before the show.
Slowly, but surely the venue became jam packed. It was then, right before the show started [that] I saw ‘Pac. His eye was still swollen and shiny. If I recall, I think he had a shoulder brace on or some kind of arm bandage. There was about 25 people between us. We could see one another clearly, but the music was playing super loud.
I said to him, “Hey, ‘Pac, I saw Chuck and PE’s gonna do a song for you tonight!”
He yelled back, “What?!”
I repeated myself two or three times. Tupac pointed to his head and shook it, smiling as if to say back to me, “I can’t hear you man!”
I nodded. Soon after, I think Young Black Teenagers took to the stage. After them, PE came on and in the middle of their set, as promised, Chuck D stopped the music. He talked about the firestorm that was raging not too far from us outside, about the police brutality going on in the streets and talked about how PE had love for ‘Pac.
I actually don’t remember what song they performed. In my head, it was “Shut ‘Em Down”. However, what I do remember is the energy in the room more than the music. I turned to Tupac to scream, “That’s what I was trying to tell you!!” There was a visual symphony of bodies jumping, fists pumping and people yelling cries into the heavens for justice right before my eyes. I scanned the crowd looking for ‘Pac. I couldn’t see him. Then I caught his eyes amongst the swarm of people.
In this sea of pulsing movement one man stood still. It was Tupac. The ocean of bodies pulsing were shoving him back and forth, but he was still. Perfectly still. Almost stone-cold stiff. His eyes were fixed on the stage. Slow tears fell from ‘Pac’s eyes as the Prophets of Rage tore the stage down. My eyes moved between ‘Pac and PE. I can never explain the power of being present in that moment. I can only say that it was a sacred moment to witness. One of the many things [that] I will never forget about my homey.

Be sure to check out + cop his latest book, ‘Bobby, Bruce + the Bronx’ by clicking here.

LISTEN to Bishop Chronicles Episode 106 about how Tupac used The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli to become MAKAVELI and wage war like never before

Musashi Mindstate Tea by Adisa the Bishop

#MusashiMindstateTea 

I want to thank all the HHCF and the BCP Army (Bishop Chronicles Podcast Army) for all

the amazing feedback from my posting of the Cloud Scroll Tea recipe. I am going to share

with you another recipe to help you and your friends and family stay healthy. This is a recipe

I have been using for more than 20 years. However, I strongly caution any and all people on

high blood pressure medicines to seek a doctor's advice before drinking. This tea is relaxing

beyond measure for me. However, it is potent and will impact your blood pressure.

I prefer to share this tea with friends while playing chess at home.

Whenever I have had a long stressful day, or, I anticipate having a rough start to my day I

make this tea the first and last thing I drink. 

Darjeeling tastes good. Like the tea your granny might make for you in the morning or after

dinner. It really is smooth by itself, but with a little honey it is truly divine. I however began

drinking it because of its antibacterial functions. 

Golden Tips Tea website noted: 

1. Provides Essential Antioxidants

Darjeeling tea is abundant in antioxidants such as thearubigins and theaflavins.
Together, these
complex compounds combat free radicals, neutralize harmful chemicals during
digestion, and eliminate toxins. Deficiency in these antioxidants accelerates cellular
damage, raises the risk of chronic illnesses, and speeds up the process of aging.
Drinking Darjeeling tea
bridges the deficit
in antioxidants.

2. Reduces the Risk of Cancer

Darjeeling tea contains polyphenolic compounds that inhibit the growth of cancer in several
ways and stop tumor development. Darjeeling tea also has anti-mutagenic properties
that reducethe frequency of cellular mutations. You can find a more detailed study here

3. Ensures Adequate Hydration

When it comes to combating dehydration, dietician, doctors, and nutritionists recommend
drinking at least eight glasses of water a day. Adding a cup of Darjeeling can contribute
to your total levels of hydration.

4. Relieves Stress

Stress plays a significant role in high blood pressure, skin conditions, heart problems, asthma,
depression, arthritis, and anxiety. In other words, stress leaves your immune system in a vulnerable
state and opens a floodgate of diseases. Darjeeling tea eliminates stress by regulating the
production of a stress hormone in the body called cortisol. That's why drinking Darjeeling tea
makes you happy!
On another note, a single cup of Darjeeling gives your body a tiny dose of caffeine to restore
mental alertness and improve focus. In some cases, you may even experience an energy boost.

5. Boosts Cardiovascular Health

Darjeeling tea increases blood flow and reduces the oxidation of LDL cholesterol. Furthermore,
it is rich in quercetin. The compound has been found to reduce the risk of atherosclerosis, which
is the buildup of plaque in the arteries that can lead to a heart attack or a stroke.

6 Facilitates Weight Loss

Studies have shown that drinking Darjeeling tea reduces belly fat and speeds up weight loss.
Blends of tea with higher levels of oxidation are more effective in achieving weight loss than their
alternatives. Semi-oxidized Darjeeling tea is highly effective in facilitating weight loss.
Scientists believe this could be due to the high concentration of catechins, which are naturally
occurring antioxidants that increase fat burning and boost metabolism.

7. Lowers the Likelihood of Parkinson's Disease

Many researchers in India believe that certain bio-active compounds in Darjeeling tea, particularly
L-theanine, could play an active role in preventing neurodegenerative diseases such as
Parkinson's. Older adults are more susceptible to Parkinson's than their younger counterparts.
It is because of a combination of stress, poor food habits, and an unhealthy lifestyle.
Half a teaspoon of Cat’s Claw. Cat’s claw is a fantastic tree bark. I first learned about it from
a Japanese friend of mine. Their father was prescribed it to help him treat cancer. Many years
later I was wrongly diagnosed with high blood pressure and ischemia (a problem where the
circulation in the heart. The hospital was trying to put me on meds, but the pharmacist told me
the meds he was trying to put me on were not needed (I was 25 at the time). 


That woman saved my life. I got a second opinion from another Dr. The second Dr. told me I
was fine just lay off salt a bit. In a panic I went online to look for natural remedies for high blood
pressure and I looked it up and BOOM- it said it helped reduce high blood pressure. 


So, I started using it and since that day, I have never EVER had high blood pressure as an issue.
I’m Black. Which pretty much means I’m born with high blood pressure. It is because of this fact
that I am issuing a warning. A stern one. 


Cat's claw is a wood vine that grows wild in central and South America, particularly in the
Amazon rainforest. ... Cat's claw has been examined for its effects on sleep-wake disturbances,
fatigue, anxiety, and depression in patients with cancer. I used it here with the darjeeling tea
because it is antiviral as well. By combining these we have a drink that is antibacterial from
darjeeling and antiviral from cats claw. Be sure to buy the cats claw that looks like shaved bark
DO NOT get the powder.


Parasites such as Babesia and bacteria such as Bartonella cannot withstand the strength
of cat's claw.I encourage you to research it extensively, as the benefits of it are many.

Directions for Musashi Mindstate Tea by Adisa the Bishop
Take one tea bag (never more than 1 teaspoon) of darjeeling and teaspoon of cat’s claw into a pot of 8 cups of water. Use honey and lemon to taste (it is my understanding that lemon and lime juice help activate the best what is in the cat’s claw). But I don’t like the lemon in it too much. Add honey to your taste if you like, but very little. Remember if you triple sugar up your tea you ruin a lot of its potential to help you heal. 
Be healthy, read books, exercise and stay positive until next time.

WARNING: CAT’S CLAW CAN HAVE REAL EFFECTS ON YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE. DO NOT USE THIS IF YOU TAKE BLOOD PRESSURE MEDICATION, OR HEART MEDICATION OF ANY KIND. USE THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK. I SUGGEST GOING TO A MEDICAL DOCTOR BEFORE USING IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS. FDA HAS NOT APPROVED ANYTHING I HAVE WRITTEN

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Cloud Scroll Tea, Created by Adisa the Bishop (For weight loss and immunity help)



Cloud Scroll Tea (for weight loss and cleansing) By:Adisa Banjoko: 
 Cloud Scroll Tea is a tea recipe I developed. I was looking for a legitimate way to use tea to lose the most weight possible, but not sacrifice flavor. The original Cloud Scroll itself, is a book of jiu-jitsu techniques that came as a companion of related movements to the Iron Hook Scroll. Both books are jiu-jitsu an illustration of positions that came to me after a series of powerful experiences practicing transcendental meditation at John O’Connell High School many years ago. None of the positions were a product of my own tactical thinking or creativity. This is one of the reasons I believe meditation is such an important habit of creating.
The moves work gi or nogi and are respected by black belts around the world for their effectiveness and clarity of purpose. Techniques from the Iron Hook Scroll make you lockdown and be heavy to your opponent. The Cloud Scroll techniques are meant to lighten the opponent from being oppressive with their weight when you have them in a position called the closed guard. The Cloud Scroll is meant to lighten your mood in the moment and your physical frame over time. I am telling you this to help you understand the intention it was created with. 
In any case, what a lot of people don’t know is that I have been a diligent student of teas and the healing properties in them for no less than 25 years (I am 50). I have found tea to be one of the fastest and most cost effective ways to help our body heal itself. 
This tea came into fruition about year ago. I had seen a study that wanted to know did green tea or oolong tea (known as Tea Kuan Yin) help you lose faster. The result of the test showed that both helped, but that combining the teas was best. So, I immediately went to work on making a tea using those as the base. I scoured Chinatown in San Francisco (folks know that is my favorite part of SF) and I also found some other healing herbs to help you out. I have a booklet of teas I have made over the years. I don’t even keep them in my Google Drive because I keep them secret. None of them though do I trust in like Cloud Scroll Tea. I have lost a lot of weight using this tea (more than 15 lbs!). 
I do not care what brand of anything you use to make this tea. Get it wherever it is cheapest. I know there are vast differences in tea quality, flavor, processing etc. For me however, it is just important that you begin drinking it as soon as you can. 
Cloud Scroll Tea 
By: Adisa Banjoko aka The Bishop
Teaspoon oolong (tea kuan yin)
Benefits: It contains a variety of minerals such as carotene, calcium, copper, selenium, and vitamins A, B, C, E and K. Additionally, oolong tea contains detoxifying alkaloids such as folic acid and niacinamide
Teaspoon jasmine green tea
Benefits: A study was done and it showed people who drank 1–3 cups (237–710 ml) of green tea per day had a 19% lower risk of heart attacks and a 36% reduced risk of strokes, compared to people that drank less than 1 cup (237 ml) daily
Teaspoon Siberian rose petals
Benefits: Roses are known to be high in vitamin C, one of the most important vitamins in our body. Vitamin C is an essential part of our immune system as it stimulates the production of white blood cells and functions as an antioxidant, effectively lowering oxidative stress. 
Teaspoon red clover blossom
Benefits: Red clover blossom promotes optimal health of the respiratory system, the lymphatic system, the immune system, the blood, and the skin. I personally believe it is one of the most underutilized herbs in the world for healthy living.
1/2 Teaspoon oatmeal
Benefits: Before you send me a throw up emoji, understand this. Oatmeal has been heavily studied in relation to the immune system’s response to disease and infection. Essentially, because of oatmeal’s unique fiber called beta-glucan, it helps neutrophils travel to the site of an infection more quickly and enhances their ability to eliminate the bacteria they find there.
DIRECTIONS: Place in a pot of 8 cups boiling water. Let it simmer low for about 7-10 min. Add lemon/lime  and honey to taste. For better weight loss do NOT use any sweetener.
You can hear me talk about Cloud Scroll Tea on Bishop Chronicles Podcast on Mixcloud at 43 min in. You can also subscribe there or at iTunes, Spotify, Mixcloud or Libsyn. You can also listen at www.bishopchronicles.com 
The FDA has not verified anything I have written here. I AM NOT A DR. DRINK AT YOUR OWN RISK...

Friday, March 13, 2020

Bishop Chronicles: Thoughts on PE Booting Flavor Flav + Lost Int. w/ Eddie Bravo!

Adisa the Bishop talks about his recent trip to London and his reflections after watching Hamilton while out there. Then he takes a deep dive into the split between Chuck D and Flavor Flav after Flav did not show up for a Bernie Sanders rally. Then he shares a 2014 never before heard interview with American jiu-jitsu legend Eddie Bravo shortly after his rematch with Royler Gracie.

The new episode is up! Subscribe on iTunes, Spotify or Mixcloud right now. Everyone else can visit www.bishopchronicles.com to listen!

How Martial Arts Can Teach Nonviolence


It is a story I told before, but I had not fully considered the implications of the moment I
learned about Bruce Lee. I was 9 years old when my dad brought home spanking
new technology. A VHS machine and tape deck. The first two movies he had were
Alien and an unknown film called Return of the Dragon. After watching the alien break out of a
guys stomach I was happily avoiding watching that film in its entirety. My 9 year old mind just
wanted to know “Who was this dragon?Where did he go? What is he returning to do?”
Boy were all my questions answered. 


After finishing the film and making some nunchucks out of sawed off  yellow
broomsticks and some chains my older cousin Steve let me borrow (he went
onto become a karate master himself). I bonked myself on the head and hands
over and over until I had some half decent skill. I also went
crazy buying any magazines that were connected to martial arts of any kind.
I also took up Judo and, while not being very good at it, I did love it. 


Being a natural born reader, the magazines helped me understand so much of
the mystery behind the men and the motives of their movements. One of the first
magazines I ever bought burned an image in my head possibly forever. The story
was about a Buddhist Monk in Thailand. The monk is in his robes, head shaven
and eyes gently closed in meditation. To his left as a young aspiring Thai
boxing champion cut deep into the heavy bag with his shin bone. The young
students lean cut body was dripping sweat in his display of full force and focused
on the heavy bag before him. The story went onto note that the Monk had created
a space for young poor kids to train and learn about
Buddhism in hope of them valuing peace.

It may appear hard to conceive, but people who train in martial arts are some of
the most peace loving people I have ever met. I think this is because most people
think they want to hurt someone. But people who really know how to harm someone
don't take pleasure in it. This is part of what keeps them calm when things get socially
tense. The truth is that knowing how to choke someone out almost demands that the
person with that skill understand the value of life.


That is how I always understood the picture in the old magazine. Even that that age, I got it,
but I could not have said it out loud. But I understood it. I saw Bruce always try to figure a way
to think things through and help solve problems. He never wanted to fight. I loved his family and his
Because of that unique entry into martial arts, I always had an understanding that the way of the
warrior and the pursuit of nonviolence were eternally connected. I consider these kinds of events
the some of the seeds of what became the
HHCF philosophy on nonviolence. 


I recommend anyone trying to take their wisdom about inner peace and greater global
peace train in jiu-jitsu, judo, kung-fu, boxing, thai boxing- whatever. Read books like
The Art of Peace, The Art of War, The Prince, anything by Marcus Aurelius Clausewitz and others. Play chess casually to add to your understanding of the art of war. If you train and you do that, you will see things others cannot see socially
and do things other cannot do personally. 


For more on Thailand and Thai Boxing catch Fightworld on Netflix.

Learn more about the connections between Hip-Hop, chess and nonviolence by subscribing to the Bishop Chronicles Podcast on Spotify, iTunes, Mixcloud or Libsyn. You can also buy the book  Bobby Bruce & the Bronx: The Secrets of Hip-Hop Chess by Adisa the Bishop on Amazon. 

Friday, March 6, 2020

Broken Rhythm: Bruce Lee, Musashi & Music


Broken Rhythm: Bruce Lee, Musashi & Music

By: Adisa the Bishop



                       Legendary scene in Return of the Dragon starring Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris


No one debates the cultural impact of Bruce Lee. This is especially real inside the Hip-Hop subculture. His roles as a martial artist and philosopher ensures  his status as possibly the most legendary martial artist ever. However, one of the most fascinating things about Bruce Lee is really not his fighting. It is his dancing. More than that though, it is valuable to look at how his dancing impacted his approach to fighting. Futhermore, it is powerful to study how this fusion of dancing, fighting and music seem to be eternally connected.



Bruce Lee was a champion Cha Cha dancer. In fact, his first job in America was as a dance teacher. This may appear boring on the surface to some people. However, for those who are authentic lovers of music (especially Hip-Hop) it makes the man even more fascinating. The first movie I saw that had Bruce Lee in it was Return of the Dragon. Even then, it showed  a glimpse of his love of shrouding devastating attacks hidden in rhythm. In the final fight scene, Lee fights Chuck Norris at the Coliseum in Rome. Chuck remains formidable as an opponent as long as Bruce stays within the traditional scope of kung fu and karate. However, once he starts hiding his attacks in a boxers rhythm (a la Muhammad Ali) Chuck cannot follow Bruce’s form and soon loses the battle. Few knew his ability to find and break rhythm was rooted in his Cha Cha background. But this connection goes much deeper than one film or one man.

Fast forward to the 2004 martial arts thriller, Hero. Jet Li plays a character called Nameless. In one scene Nameless has a powerful sword fight at an outdoor chess house in the middle of a rain storm. It is a soul stirring exchange of movement, music and strategy. As they unsheath their weapons an elderly blind man plays a sad but beautiful song. The old man plays in the rain slightly exposed to the elements of nature . Before he dives into battle, Nameless reflects on the idea that “Martial arts and music share the same principles. Both wrestle with complex chords and rare melodies.”


Nameless and Sky clash physically and mentally at  the outdoor chess house in 2004 classic Hero.

A few years ago I was given a book called The Straight Lead, by Teri Tom. The Straight Lead was Bruce Lee’s favorite and arguably his most powerful punch. In the book, Tom makes a compelling case for the connection between music and martial arts. “The way fighters play with time is very similar to the way musicians interpret time. You can play behind the beat, on the beat, or syncopate. Staccato or Legato. You can chose to play or let the rhythm section pass you by. The tempo may vary from adagio (slow) to allegro (quick). To the time, you can then add dynamic variations- pianissimo (soft), mezzo forte (moderately loud) or fortissimo (very loud). Fighting has analogous variables. “ The connections between music and martial arts is hard to see in today’s times. This is mainly because in the modern technology wave of mind numbing Worldstar and Instagram knockout clips, the art in “martial arts” has largely evaporated. Nevertheless, it is not gone altogether.

I cannot say for sure that Mayweather studies dance. But when I look at his footwork against McGregor’s mummy-like movements in the first round (although McGregor does appear to use the straight lead with some effectiveness in the first few rounds), Mayweather does move like a seasoned dancer. Not just that, the patterns with which Mayweather strikes his opponents have rhythmic patterns. This was something on my mind as I watched the flight. The more I watched, I saw how the flow of his footwork was levels above McGregor. They say Mayweather pulled McGregor into “deep water”. Water, like dancers and fighters, has to flow. McGregor was drowned in the flow.  

Legendary undefeated self-taught swordsman Miyamoto Musashi is celebrated by martial artists and entrepreneurs the world over for his book The Book of 5 Rings. He killed his first opponent at the tender age of 13. In The Book of 5 Rings he talks about the importance of understanding the rhythm of battle when dueling with swords. It is broken down into several sections: the Earth Scroll, Water Scroll, Fire Scroll, Wind Scroll and the Void Scroll (also known as the scroll of emptiness). Each is admired for having its own sense of rhythm. But more than rhythm, like Teri Tom, he focuses on timing:

Timing is important in dancing and pipe or string music, for they are in rhythm only if timing is good. Timing and rhythm are also involved in the military arts, shooting bows and guns, and riding horses. In all skills and abilities there is timing.... There is timing in the whole life of the warrior, in his thriving and declining, in his harmony and discord. Similarly, there is timing in the Way of the merchant, in the rise and fall of capital. All things entail rising and falling timing. You must be able to discern this. In strategy there are various timing considerations. From the outset you must know the applicable timing and the inapplicable timing, and from among the large and small things and the fast and slow timings find the relevant timing, first seeing the distance timing and the background timing. This is the main thing in strategy. It is especially important to know the background timing, otherwise your strategy will become uncertain.

While it is simple to just passively look at that idea as just an odd relatable tidbit of information, it is not something easily done. While doing some research on his life, you can find an old scroll about his life called Busho Denraiki. Muashi did not write about himself much. He wrote about swordsmanship. But in the Busho Denraiki you learn that Musashi was not just a swordsman, he was an accomplished painter as well. Further, Musashi was also accomplished in the highly regarded Japanese tradition of Noh dancing. William De Lange’s Origins of a Legend: The Real Musashi notes that Musashi adopted a son named Iori. He notes that, “Irori was taught the Noh dance in plain clothes, it seems Musashi was a keen practitioner of the art.”

Nowhere in De Lange’s work does it attempt to explain how this unequalled swordsman found the time to learn let alone teach Noh dancing. However, the fact that he did know the art of Noh well enough to teach speaks volumes about how the role of rhythm in battle came so natural to him as a fighter.

Currently African American MMA fighter D’Juan Owens spends time in Kampala, Uganda and Dakar, Senegal teaching both b-boying and martial arts to kids. He teaches them the connectivity in both. RZA of Wu Tang Clan teaches a lot about these elements not only in his books, but the entire discography of the Wu Tang Clan is an embodiment of that concept.

Khnum Muata Ibomu aka stic.man of Dead Prez is a respected rapper, archer, vegan health advocate, activist and dedicated martial artist. Songs like Way of Life and Back on my Regimen are excellent examples of how music and martial arts connect in contemporary Hip-Hop. His knowledge of martial arts, music and strategy are so deep I had to ask him his thoughts.

“Practice is the way we get better in the application of rhythm” he told me. Stic said he feels that there is “Some science but it is also art. Self expression is required. My studio is a sacred space just like a dojo for experimentation and practice. Lyrics are precisely chosen and placed just like strikes and footwork.” Finally he notes that both music and martial arts are used “to serve a greater good.”

Jeet kune do, bboy/bgirl dancing, boxing, ballet, brazilian jiu-jitsu, capoeira, noh dancing, swordsmanship - all styles, all contain rhythms. Outside of the practicality of each art, each style speaks to us on an artistic and internal levels. Does every martial artist need to study dance in order to be a better practitioner? Maybe not. However, to totally ignore the importance of dance within the fighting arts is to cut oneself off from new insights and opportunities for victory.

LISTEN to this this episode of Bishop Chronicles Podcast on Bruce Lee and his love for dance and how it informed his fighting. 

Adisa, The Bishop is the Founder of the Hip-Hop Chess Federation and host of Bishop Chronicles Podcast. He is a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Heroes Martial Arts and author of The Iron Hook Scroll and Bobby, Bruce & the Bronx: The Secrets of Hip-Hop Chess available on Amazon.

When Thugs Cry: An Unknown Tupac Story

Recently the internet started buzzing because of a cool conversation between legendary rapper Talib Kweli and Public Enemy front man Chu...