Street Games Vol. 1 will be available for free November 20 via the Hip Hop Chess Federation website. I've checked out some of the tracks and you may see some references to this being a mixtape album because, honestly, it's really an album in my opinion. Lots of solid work!
From the official announcement:
Street Games Vol. 1 mixtape will highlight the connections between music, chess and martial arts and their connections to unity, strategy and nonviolence. It is 100% curse free which making it an ideal teaching tool for urban education programs.
A Plus from Hieroglyphics hosts Street Games Vol. 1 and DJ Rob Flow oversaw the production. Additional production was provided by Ronnie Lee of the Seven Trees Music Center in San Jose as well as contributions by Mike Relm and Rhapsodist. Rakaa Iriscience of Dilated Peoples, Sunspot Jonz of Living Legends, Zumbi of Zion I, Black Knights, Quadir Lateef, Jasiri X, Rahaman Jamaal, Asheru (Boondocks Theme Song), Tajai from Hieroglyphics are all featured on the HHCF compilation.
Additional wisdom illustrating the power of chess, martial arts and Hip-Hop community is shared by authors Jeff Chang and Dr. Joe Schloss, Jiu Jitsu master and UFC coach Ryron Gracie and Women's chess Grandmaster Jennifer Shahade among others.
HHCF Founder Adisa Banjoko states:
"Street Games Vol. 1 was made with no budget. All of the rappers, engineers and producers gave their time and their art to make this compilation possible. This is a project done with love only. Neither the HHCF nor any of the artists involved will profit from Street Games Vol. 1."
"This compilation is a testament to the power of art over aggression. In it we illustrate life strategies through chess, illustrate triumph of patience through the pain and showcase wisdom beyond war. We are thankful to all the artists, martial artists and educators who helped bring this idea to reality. It was orchestrated with the hope that teens and young adults trapped in American urban war zones will be inspired to actualize their potential.”
HHCF founder Adisa Banjoko shares the organizations philosophy on overcoming obstacles. Its part of their Live The Game summer camp. They are hosting an open house June 2nd in The San Francisco, Bay Area. For more information visit www.hiphopchessfederation.org/camps
"The first question that arises is, isn’t alternative R&B and arthouse the same thing? Clearly not! You can’t say that artists like Jamie xx, James Blake, Blawan, Deadboy, Eliphino or Sibian & Faun make alternative R&B, simply because they take elements out of it. There is a difference between alternative R&B and music that is influenced by R&B. We’re talking about music that is influenced by R&B. “Okay fine, so let’s just call it all post-dubstep, why do we need another term like arthouse?”. Because there is a pattern, because it makes sense, because it works, because the term post-dubstep is invalid as previously explained. The amount of producers that take elements from dubstep and alternative r&b is ridiculous. Take a look at this"