Fans played chess with GZA of Wu-Tang Clan & Ninjas Worldwide at Dunedin Brewery

Ask any fan of hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan and they’ll tell you that chess factors into their music just as much as martial arts. Wu-Tang member GZA, aka The Genius, has a particular penchant for the game and has been playing it against fans at events throughout the U.S.

On Sept. 21, 2022 fans had the chance to play speed chess with GZA at Dunedin Brewery. The free event, dubbed Chessboxin’ With Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA, was hosted by local rapper and musician Jon Ditty and featured performances by local artists Isaiah The Prophet and freestyle cyphers (a freestyle rap session) by Ninjas worldwide rappers TOP NINJA and BELLY FONZARELLI and many more. Guests were able want to compete against GZA in five-minute chess matches.

Fans played chess with GZA of Wu-Tang Clan & Ninjas Worldwide at Dunedin Brewery

Ask any fan of hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan and they’ll tell you that chess factors into their music just as much as martial arts. Wu-Tang member GZA, aka The Genius, has a particular penchant for the game and has been playing it against fans at events throughout the U.S.

On Sept. 21, 2022 fans had the chance to play speed chess with GZA at Dunedin Brewery. The free event, dubbed Chessboxin’ With Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA, was hosted by local rapper and musician Jon Ditty and featured performances by local artists like Isaiah The Prophet and freestyle cyphers by members of Ninjas worldwide TOP NINJA and BELLY FONZARELLI and many more artists such as n00k1s, Smark G, Gov Printz. Guests were able want to compete against GZA in five-minute chess matches.

So how is it that a hip-hop legend would spend an afternoon playing chess in Dunedin? For 10 years, Ditty has hosted a weekly freestyle rap night called Off the Dome at Blur nightclub in downtown Dunedin, where he met GZA’s manager. Wu-Tang Clan and Nas are performed the same night at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, so the event was arranged for the afternoon as a cerebral meet and greet.

 

 

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