Posts tagged ‘RZA’

March 17, 2011

SXSWland Tales – Nick Cross

We didn’t go to SXSW this year, but a lot of people we know did.  We’ve thrown out the invitation for them to document their experiences here, in a little segment we’re calling SXSWland Tales.

First entry is from our friend Nick Cross – tour manager for Asobi Seksu and co-host of the podcast Nick & Mat’s Infinite Shitlist.

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March 9, 2011

This Day in Music History (Sort Of)

It was on this day in 1943, that Bobby Fischer was born in Chicago, Illinois. Fischer went on to become the only American ever to win the chess world championship. Raised in Brooklyn, New York, by his mother, Fischer was introduced to chess at the age of six. By the time he was a teenager, he was known as the wunderkind of American chess and in 1956, he won the U.S. chess championship at the age of 14, making him the youngest champion in American history. At 15, he became the youngest international grandmaster in chess history when he placed in the top six of the 1958 Portoroz Interzonal tournament.

You know who loves chess?  Wu-Tang Clan mastermind and occasional actor RZA.  He loves it so much that two years ago he started something called wuchess.com (which sadly now just directs to the occasionally hilarious Wu Wednesdays twitter feed) and issued a chess rap challenge.  More on all of this below.