WuChess: Online Chess For The Hip Hop Crowd. Why Not.

Hey, we’ve got Netvibes for the hip hop crowd (GlobalGrind), why not online chess, too?

WuChess, a partnership between Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA and ChessPark, a social network around online chess playing, launches today. It’s the “world’s first online chess and hip hop community” and will also include exclusive videos and mp3 of the “hottest cats in hip hop.”

See a tour of the service here. That’s as far as most of you’ll get on WuChess, because, incredibly, they’re charging $48/year to join. ChessPark, by contrast, at least has a free version (but no videos or mp3s, sadly). The company promises to donate “a portion of the profits” to the Hip Hop Chess Federation.

Awesome. Hip hop, chess and $48 per year – definite winner.

See our coverage of CrowdChess as well, which has put itself up for sale following a WSJ blog mention.