When Wu-Tang Clan leader and rabid chess enthusiast RZA was asked who was his favorite showbiz opponent, he responded in a heartbeat: Paul Banks. It’s true, says Interpol’s cryptic crooner. He and the rapper have played several serious games. “But RZA is an infinitely better player. He’s beyond hobbyist. He’s studied — and I’ve just played tons of chess. And chess goes by ranking systems, so if you’re in some chess community online, it’s very humbling. Read More
Growing up in New York, Robert Fitzgerald Diggs wasn’t your average sports-enthusiast teen.
He was primarily into chess and — once his older brothers started taking him to a cinema on 42nd Street — nothing but vintage kung fu flicks.
“It all started with a Bruce Lee movie, then a Jim Kelly movie and all of a sudden I was into the kung fu world,” recalls the auteur, who would later rechristen himself RZA to form the legendary hip-hop group the Wu-Tang Clan. Read More