GZA spoke with the Fader for the latest installment of Brooklyn Bound in conjunction with Converse. Choosing to meet at the Chess Forum in Greenwich Village, GZA spoke on his fascination for the board game. Saying that he initially played for the first time as a nine-year old, he only got into the game as a twenty-one year old hanging out with Masta Killa, True Master, Jeru the Damaja, and Afu-Ra, all of whom enjoyed playing chess outdoors in the summertime.

Later on in the interview, GZA explains how he is currently stuck at the same skill level in chess but is working to improve further over time, and explains that to teach someone chess he would start with the basics. He also mentions that he is currently working on his new album, tentatively titled Dark Matter, an album rooted in his interest in science. No word yet on a release date.

[via Fader]