Exclusive - Wu-Tang Clan Extended Interview

  • Aired:  08/06/14
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Wu-Tang Clan talks about balancing the group, family and successful solo careers in order to reunite for "A Better Tomorrow." (5:44)

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

WELCOME BACK TO THE PROGRAM.

MY GUEST TONIGHT, THEY'RECELEBRATING THEIR 20th

ANNIVERSARY WITH A NEW ALBUMCALLED "A BETTER TOMORROW."

IT'S DUE OUT IN NOVEMBER.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WU-TANGCLAN.

WU-TANG CLAN.

HEY, EVERYBODY.

EVERYBODY.

>> YEAH.

>> FIRST OF ALL, LET ME SAYTHIS, IT IS AN HONOR TO HAVE ALL

OF YOU TOGETHER AGAIN.

THIS IS HISTORIC.

AND I TRULY APPRECIATE IT.

MUCH RESPECT TO ALL OF YOU FORBEING HERE.

LET'S JUST GET A QUICK INTRODOWN THE LINE WE'LL START WITH

GHOST. AND WORK OUR WAY DOWN.

>> GHOST FACE KILLAHSTATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK.

>> THE RZA RECTOR BOBBY DIGITAL, BONK, BONK.

>> INSPECTAH DECK, AKA MANIFESTOWAZ GOOD?

>> THE CHEF RAEKWONSALUTE

CAPPA DON KILLAH HILL.

>> IT'S METHOD MAN UP IN HEREYOU KNOW.

YEAH, YEAH, YOU BIG, YOU G-O-D.CHILLEN AND MAINTAINING WHATS UPYALL

>> YO, YO, IT'S THE GZA.

>> EAST NEW YORK, BROOKLYN.

>> JORDAN KLEPPER, KALAMAZOO,MICHIGAN.

>> Jon: I'M SORRY.

I'M SORRY I GOT ALL THOSE.

BUT THAT LAST ONE ACTUALLY IDIDN'T.

>> JORDAN KLEPPER ZA, KALAMAZOO.

>> Jon: YOU'RE IN THE-YOU'RE IN WU-TANG?

>> JON, YEAH.

♪ I BOMB ATOMICALLY SOCRATESPHILOSOPHIES AND HYPOTHESES

CANT DEFINE HOW I BE DROPPINGTHESE MOCKERIES

LYRICALLY PERFORM ARMEDROBBERIES

FLEE WITH THE LOTTERY, POSSIBLYTHEY SPOTTED ME, JON

C'MON

>> Jon: THAT MAY BE THE WORSTTHING I EVER HEARD.

YOU GOT TO GO.

>> NO WU-TANG FOREVER?

>> Jon: NO. YOU GOT TO GOTHATS THE END OF IT

TRIUMPH. TRUMPH!THAT WAS BEAUTIFUL.

ALL RIGHT.

LET ME ASK YOU THIS: SO SIMONAND GARFUNKEL COULDN'T HOLD TWO

GUYS TOGETHER.

HOW DID NINE- HOW DID THISHAPPEN?

HOW DO WE COME BACK 20 YEARSLATER AND GET EVERYBODY BACK

TOGETHER AGAIN?

>> WELL, I THINK WE ARE ALLSTRIVING FOR A BETTER TOMORROW.

WU-TANG, WE HAVE SOMETHING INCOMMON WITH EACH OTHER, A

BROTHERHOOD, A RESPECT, AND WHENWE SAY "A BETTER TOMORROW,"

WE'RE STRIVING TO MAKE A BETTERTOMORROW FOR OURSELVES, BUT ALSO

TO INSPIRE A BETTER TOMORROW FORTHE WORLD, YO.

>> Jon: HOW DIFFICULT WAS ITTO GATHER EVERYBODY?

WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE,CREATIVE, BUSINESS OR POLITICAL?

WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE?

CHEF?

>> Jon: OR WAS CHEF THEBIGGEST CHALLENGE.

>> I WOULD SAY IT'S ALL OF THESETHINGS BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, WE

TRAILBLAZERS IN THE MUSICBUSINESS.

WE BEEN AROUND THE WORLD.

YOU KNOW, WE'RE DOING OUR JOB.

I CONSIDER THIS A SPORT.

SO, YOU KNOW, I THINK IT'SIMPORTANT AS AN ATHLETE OF MUSIC

TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU GOT YOURBUSINESS TOGETHER, MAKE SURE YOU

FEEL HAPPY, WHATEVER YOU WANT TODO, YOU JUST GOT TO FEEL GOOD

ABOUT IT AND KNOW THAT AT THEEND OF THE DAY YOU GOT YOUR I'S

DOTTED, YOUR T'S CROSSED INBUSINESS

BECAUSE WE HAVE FAMILIES.

WE GO OUT AND WORK FOR OURFAMILIES.

>> Jon: RIGHT.

>> MY THING IS IF I'M NOT GOINGTO SEE MY CHILDREN AND I'M OUT

HERE DOING A JOB, I THINK IT'SIMPORTANT FOR ME TO GO OUT THERE

AND DO WHAT I SAY I'M GOING TODO, GET BACK HOME TO THEM AND

HIT UP DISNEYLAND.

>> Jon: RIGHT. EXACTLY.

BE SANTA CLAUS.

NOW, GHOST, I WAS WORRIED THATWE WEREN'T GOING TO HAVE GHOST,

CAME IN A LITTLE LATE.

YOU'RE THE HEART.

YOU'RE AN EMOTIONAL GUY.

YOU BRING IT FROM THE HEART.

DID YOU HAVE RESERVATIONS ABOUTCOMING BACK AND LAYING DOWN

THINGS?

>> I MEAN, THIS IS MY LIFE RIGHTHERE.

YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN?

SO THIS IS MY BROTHER IN LAW

SO WE BEEN TIGHT EVER SINCE DAYONE.

YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN?

SO AS SOON AS HE SAID, WE COMINGBACK TO DO "A BETTER TOMORROW,"

I'M ALWAYS WITH IT.

EVEN THOUGH SOMETIMES YOU GOTYOUR LITTLE, YOU KNOW, BECAUSE

I'M ONE THAT LIKES FOREVERYTHING TO BE RIGHT, YOU KNOW

WHAT I MEAN, FROM THE STAGESHOW, TO THE WARDROBES AND

EVERYTHING AND EVERYBODY BE ONPOINT.

IF ONE THING IS OFF, IT THROWSME OFF, BUT FOR THE TEAM, I'LL

TAKE ONE FOR THE TEAM.

AND I'LL CONTINUE. I DON'T GOT APROBLEM WITH THAT.

>> Jon: IT SEEMS LIKE NOMATTER WHAT IS GOING ON IN YOUR

LIVES INDIVIDUALLY, BECAUSEYOU'RE ALL SUCCESSFUL ON AN

INDIVIDUAL BASIS, WHICH I DON'TTHINK HAS EVER HAPPENED BEFORE

WHERE YOU GET A GROUP LIKE THISWHERE YOU HAVE ALL THESE

INDIVIDUAL PROJECTS, THEN AS AGROUP YOU HAVE THAT SUPERSTAR

STATUS.

IS THAT HOW YOU FEEL, METH, WHENTHEY SAY WE'RE FAMILY, WHEN THE

CALL COMES IN, YOU DROP IT ANDYOU COME?

>> ABSOLUTELY. I MEAN...

FROM... I THINK WE'VE BEEN SOBLESSED TO HAVE THE SAME JOB FOR

LIKE THE PAST 20, 21 YEARS, YOUKNOW WHAT I MEAN, AND NOT HURT

NOBODY DOING IT.

AND LIKE SOON AS WE CAMETOGETHER FOR ONE COMMON CAUSE,

WE KNEW THAT WHAT WE WERE DOINGWAS SOMETHING DIFFERENT AND

SOMETHING GREAT AND IT SHOWEDIMPROVEMENT IN THE END.

>> Jon: AND IT'S ALWAYSINTERESTING TO SEE THE WHOLE

GROUP.

I KNOW DIRTY'S ALWAYS ON THEMINDS.

YOU KEEP HIM IN YOUR HEARTS ASYOU GO ALONG.

>>OH WE GOT DIRTY RIGHT HERE

>> Jon: WHAT DO WE GOT?

WHAT DO WE GOT?

OH, YOU KNOW I'M GOING TO SLEEPIN THIS.

ALRIGHT

I MAY HAVE TO PUT THIS ON NOW.

WHEN WE COME BACK, HISTORICPERFORMANCE FROM THE WU-TANG

CLAN.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK AFTER THIS.

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