The Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA has proven that cash really does rule everything around him as the New York rapper recently donated funds to a developing chess program set to teach jailed youth in St. Louis how to play the game.
According to Okayplayer, the new program is the work of the Hip-Hop Chess Federation, an organization founded in 2006 to “fuse logic and the arts.” RZA, now a board member for the outreach group, said that the purpose of the growing program is to provide gamers with lessons that can be applied to inevitable life circumstances.
“It’s a game of chess in one sense but in another it’s a study of life,” he said. “We in the Hip-Hop Chess Federation are striving to bring awareness to Americans, 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.”
RZA, real name Robert Fitzgerald Diggs, has had his fair share of run-ins with the law in the past. Last month, the musician elaborated on his time in the system and what he believe leads young people to governmental trouble in a discussion with 400 imprisoned juveniles.
“Y’all are in here for not controlling your energy, yo,” he said. “You are here now for not being analytical about the results of the actions you have taken. I’m the last one to talk in some sense. I’ve been through the same system. Me and my brother got our first gun, when I was 11 or 12…Riding NY city buses looking for what they call, a vic.'”
RZA isn’t the first rapper to give back to the those in need as of late. Last month, Lupe Fiasco announced the development of his Neighborhood Start Fund, a nonprofit organization created to give young entrepreneurs in underserved areas opportunities turn their ideas into startup projects for societal improvement.
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