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Rap is A Martial Art – Philippe Prosper

“Hip-hop has a real focus on authenticity, but I hadn’t seen the authentic martial arts combined with hip-hop. As a martial artist coming into hip-hop, I really felt like I was embodying the mantra of rap is a martial art.” – Philippe Prosper

SHAOLIN JAZZ got a chance this week to chop it up with internationally decorated kung-fu artist and rapper, Philippe Prosper, aka Rap is A Martial Art.

Interview by Mychal Estrada.  For the full read click: Read the rest of this entry

“The 37th Chamber Mixtape”

Our “The 37th Chamber Mixtape” design is a graphic inspired by our first SHAOLIN JAZZ music release from 2011.  The irony is that we called it a mixtape (and still do because we’re from that era) despite it only being available via MP3 and CD and not as an actual cassette.  To check out the ways that you can customize this design click here.

Dopium vs The Drunken Master

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Classic Fusion: Dopium vs The Drunken Master, designed by Late Night Genius.

A Documentary About Nobody

And if the project wasn’t enough, here’s a documentary.  Well played, sirs.

and the ANONYMOUS NOBODY

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They never disappoint / @wearedelasoul

Noname Gypsy

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@NonameGypsy, also known as Fatimah Warner, is an #American #HipHop #artist and #poet from #Chicago who has collaborated with #artists such as @Chancetherapper / Noname grew up #listening to #Jazz which can be heard in a range of her #tracks such as “Sunday Morning,” “MaryJane Love,” and “Open Apology” / To learn more click here.

Classic Fusion

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Classic fusion: Only Built 4 Cuban Linx & 8 Diagram Pole Fighter.

SHAOLIN JAZZ Apparel / “Wheel of Death” – White

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Inspired by our CAN I KICK IT? events, here’s another version of our “Wheel of Death” design (designed by Late Night Genius).  “Wheel of Death” comes in a range of styles and products.  To customize and purchase click here.

SHAOLIN JAZZ in Ethiopia / Day 1

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As with any travel overseas, day 1 is pretty much all travel.  That being said, the journey has been nothing short of eventful, yet moved by pretty quickly.  Fortunately we made it safely to Addis and after a major hurdle at the airport (Wayna – so happy that you’re traveling with us) we, upon check-in at the hotel, were greeted by one of our heads from DC, Ra Brown, who’s staying in the same spot, a picturesque boutique hotel called Zeist Lodge (props to Ra for suggesting the spot).

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Master the Art

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Hip-Hop, martial arts, chess. An odd trio? Not at all, according to RZA, a founder of the rap group Wu-Tang Clan.

“Hip-Hop is a battle game,” he said. “Chess is a battle. Martial arts is a battle.”  For the full read click here.