Lupe Fiasco launches the société internationale d'UR®

Lupe Fiasco launches the société internationale d'UR®

Literature; Comparative Media Studies and Writing; Black Students' Union; MIT Hobby Shop


Competitors at the inaugural Ur tournament held in the MIT BSU Lounge, 2 December 2022.
Photo courtesy of the société internationale d'UR® 


Rapper Wasalu “Lupe Fiasco” Jaco is teaching a class at MIT called Rap Theory and Practice in spring 2023. During the 2022 fall semester, he introduced his colleagues to UR, the oldest board game in the world. The Royal Game of Ur is a two-player strategy, race, board game of the tables family that was first played in ancient Mesopotamia during the early third millennium BC. Lupe Fiasco is working to launch an international governing body for the game, the société internationale d'UR®.

He visited MIT Hobby Shop to make boards for THE MIT PLAYUR tournament, which was held for staff and students on December 2, 2022 at the Black Students' Union (BSU) Lounge. Hosted by the Literature and Comparative Media Studies departments, this inaugural tournament led to the establishment of the société internationale d'UR®. Its mission is to organize and introduce the world’s oldest board game to a modern worldwide audience.