All right, we are here at the Hip-Hop Chess Federation Invitational. Would you please tell us how you found out about the Hip Hop Chess Federation?
Ralek Gracie: Adisa [Banjoko] has been a friend of mine for some time. He's been into Jiu-Jitsu, he's been into chess and the whole culture and how the cultures connect. He reached out to me a few years ago to see if I would do the first Hip Hop Chess Invitational/tournament/event and it was awesome to see the connections, the event, to see RZA. I'm a huge hip-hop fan. I'm a practitioner an artist myself. I'm really into the whole culture of hip-hop and chess and the connect. Years ago I was at the first event and I competed at the same chess tournament and lost pretty quick but now I feel like I've gotten my game up very slowly but more than I was last time.
How long have you been playing chess? Ralek Gracie: I've been playing chess my whole life. I feel like a long time but not seriously, just on and off, anytime I could get a game. It always seemed like there was never enough people to get a game. As much as I could, I would. Really, I don't think I'm more than a blue belt with a couple of stripes, if that.
Shout out to our Metamoris fans? Ralek Gracie: If you've got your tickets to Metamoris, we will see you there. It's going to be an amazing show. If not catch it on line www.metamoris.com, it's going to be awesome.