Southern rapper B.o.B. recently revealed more details about his new supergroup, All City Chess Club, which includes Asher Roth, Lupe Fiasco, Charles Hamilton, J. Cole and more.
According to Bobby Ray, the supergroup was Lupe Fiasco’s idea.
“The All City Chess Club is something that Lupe had the idea about, and me and Charles Hamilton were at a show, and he came up with the idea and talked to us about it, and we were down,” B.o.B said of the group’s genesis. “I feel like the respect level is mutual with all of us. And I’ve already done songs with Charles Hamilton, Lupe and Asher Roth. Basically, the whole concept of it is to have a project, a freelance project, that’s something fun and creative.” (MTV)
Last month, Lupe explained his decision to put together the crew of rappers.
“It’s kinda this new vanguard,” Lupe explained in his interview. “The kids who wouldn’t necessarily be the basketball team they would probably be the Chess Club if we was in high school. And I was like ‘Yo, we all from different cities. We the All City Chess Club.’ … I just wanted it to be the collective of those dudes and put a name on it. Like they already kinda put us all in the same box. They kinda put us in the same family of MC’s whether it be the hipster rappers or the nerd rappers…Since they putting us in a box, might as well own the box. And write our name on the box and paint it the color we want it.” (Hip Hop DX)
In early April, Lupe revealed the group’s members.
“ALL CITY CHESS CLUB was in the studio last night…,” he wrote Friday. “This is ALL CITY CHESS CLUB fyi: Asher Roth, B.o.B, The Cool Kids, Charles Hamilton, Blu, Diggy, J. Cole, Wale and Lupe Fiasco.” (Lupe Fiasco’s Twitter)
Fiasco is currently working on a new album, Lasers.
“I’m actually going in to turn [Lasers] into the label in the morning,” Lupe told a radio show caller in January. “I was actually supposed to turn it in tonight. I’m just keeping it crispy with the fans…I’m turning it into the label tomorrow, they gonna go through they process, see what they need to do and pick whatever single they want to do and I’m hoping before the summer, you know. That’s just what it is. Stay tuned, stay tuned.” (Team Invasion)
Check out Charles Hamilton speaking on All City Chess Club below: