we love spadesBut wouldn’t it be much more fun to discuss Kanye’s greatest hits album? If registration is delayed, of course. Now there’s a game that can do that and more. And we couldn’t wait to try out the game and meet one of her creators in honor of Hip Hop’s 50th anniversary.
dope university Branding itself as the first card game dedicated to hip-hop culture, it is the brainchild of friends and hip-hop enthusiasts AV “$upreme” Perkins and Marian “Skinny Bee” Ando Clark. I spoke with Ms. Perkins to learn more about her idea, which came about when she drunkenly asked Ando Clark if he could name all the members of the Wu-Tang Clan.
“She said yes, but I didn’t believe her. There are a lot of people in Wu-Tang,” Perkins laughed.
The two thought the challenge would be a fun game. However, when they googled “Wu-Tang drinking game”, to their surprise, the results were empty. This led my friends to think that they had to develop the idea themselves. The result is something of a B-boy/girl’s dream.
how to play
University of Dope is all about hip-hop culture and requires a minimum of 3 players to experience it all. Each person takes turns drawing a card and answering the following questions:
Erasing one person from hip-hop history:
A. Swizz Beatz
B. Dr. Dre
And while I had no hesitation in handing over the boots to Swizz Beatz, one of my playing partners said Pharrell without hesitation. It made me wonder how many relationships this game has ruined.
“People are so passionate about it. They said they brought the game to the first date, so I’m looking forward to the first U Dope wedding or divorce party,” Perkins laughed.
do i have to drink?
As you can probably already imagine, a little something makes this game a lot more fun. However, the first time I played in the office without a drink, I can still report that I had a great time. Most players opt for “Thug Life” (answer questions for shots and drinks), but there is also the option to play the “Big Willie Style” game instead (you can score points without drinking) .
“We’re going to keep things open-ended. If you’re on Stylez P, Swizz Beatz Wheatgrass Flow, you can still play. I love kombucha myself,” Perkins said. “There are words in the game asking you to drink, but you don’t have to.”
Who’s in your Top 5?
I couldn’t finish a conversation with someone who made a game about hip-hop without hearing a list of the top 5 MCs.
“I must preface by saying, ‘I said what I said.’ I’ll listen to you,” Perkins said confidently. She then entered the top 5 in no particular order. Notorious BIG, Jadakiss, Lil’ Kim, Method/the WuTang, and Drake.
And just when I was about to blurt out, “Are you kidding me?” Perkins had a pretty decent argument for his inclusion, given that Drake was in the top five.
“He gave us 10 years. With Drake, I think we just lost the concept of time. We’ve been playing hits halfway through,” Perkins said. “I think people ignore him because he makes songs for women. He’s more like the latest LL Cool J.”
Is freestyle important?
As someone who regularly has Black Thought in the Top 5, I had to ask Perkins if the rapper’s freestyle ability should dictate the deal when it comes to Top 5 status.
“There are a lot of people who bring so many different spins. That’s why the top 5 is different for everyone. It’s all up to you. That’s the beauty of hip-hop. As the culture evolves, so do others.” You can see what people have brought to that culture: some blend hip-hop and R&B so well, others have great expressiveness and punchlines,” she said. “Fabulous is great for current affairs and punch lines, and makes you feel like you’re listening to a newspaper. This smog we’re dealing with now will be on our next mixtape. New York.” It’s like, “I’m leaving it in a haze.” he intends to ”
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