No less than a day after it was discovered that the FBI once probed key members of the Wu-Tang Clan for a couple of Staten Island murders, one of the RZA’s acts of positivity have been highlighted to overshadow the allegations.
Okayplayer reports that Bobby Digital made a sizable donation to the Hip-Hop Chess Federation. According to the HHCF, the donation was actually made in October 2014 while he was in St. Louis while the RZA has been a supporter since 2007.
The Wu-Tang Clan’s lyrics are renowned for their calculative structure much like the game of rooks and castles and RZA wanted to ensure the leaders of tomorrow were using their brains for forward-thinking exercises.
“Y’all are in here for not controlling your energy, yo. You are here now for not being analytical about the results of the actions you have taken,” the Abbott reportedly said. “It’s a game of chess in one sense, but in another it’s a study of life. We in the Hip-Hop Chess Federation are striving to bring awareness to American’s, to Black youth, but to the whole of American youth…. That chess study, along with martial arts, along with music is the best way to help develop your mind and body and protect you from pitfalls in life that will surely come at you.”
On the Wu-Tang Clan’s debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), the track “Da Mystery of Chessboxin’” stands out as one of the best records present and a few years later, GZA dedicated the artwork to his classic debut Liquid Swords’ artwork to a deadly game of chess.
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