By Nia Hightower, DC Music Live
Grammy-nominated vocalist Maimouna Youssef, whose latest single, “I Got A Man” and rap trio Gods’illa are among the local hip-hop artists featured in the chess-themed Clash of the Kings concert on April 20.
Baltimore native Youssef received a Grammy nomination for her contribution on The Roots hit “Don’t Feel Right” in 2007 for best rap song. She and D.C.’s Godsilla, who partnered with Erykah Badu on their recent release, The CPR Blend Tape, will join other artists for the show that’s part of the Bum Rush the Boards Chess Tournament Festival, presented by Words, Beats & Life, April 19-22.
The Clash of the Kings concert will be 7- 11 p.m., at St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Columbia Heights. Admission is $10.
Representing the Midwest, indie hip-hop MC Toki Wright from Minnesota and Chicago’s The Tomorrow Kings also will be featured for their love of chess and its representation in their lyrics and rhymes.
Now in its seventh year, the Bum Rush the Board is the world’s first hip hop chess tournament.