Nas and Ghostface Killah Told Us the One Word to Describe Wu-Tang Clan’s Legacy

ONE37pm chatted with Wu-Tang Clan and their celebrity friends at the Tribeca Film Festival

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The Beacon Theatre in New York City was the place to be on April 25 to witness nine of the greatest emcees to ever touch the mic reunite to show off their four-part docuseries, Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men, at the Tribeca Film Festival. ONE37pm’s Omari White attended the red carpet premiere and mingled with some of the Wu-Tang Clan members and other hip-hop stars to chop it up about the rap collective’s legacy.

Directed by Sacha Jenkins (who ONE37pm interviewed earlier this year), the docuseries highlights the legendary group’s struggle and grind to reach the top of hip-hop’s Mount Everest through intimate interviews marking the 25th anniversary of their Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) album.


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Nas, one of the greatest rappers ever, is known for classics such as "If I Ruled the World," "One Mic" and "Made You Look." / Steven Ferdman/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival

What’s one word to describe the Wu-Tang Clan’s legacy and why?

Nas: Timeless. That’s just what it is. They are timeless.

Ghostface Killah

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Ghostface Killah's raw style shines on Wu-Tang Clan classics but also on solo projects such as Ironman, Supreme Clientele and The Big Doe Rehab. / Steven Ferdman/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival

What’s one word to describe the Wu-Tang Clan’s legacy and why?

Ghostface Killah: It would have to be struggle. I chose it because it perfectly described what we did as a group. We struggled to get to this point and we still struggling to try to hold onto our bond with one another as we grow. Normally, groups don’t stay together for this long. People don’t understand that you have nine members in here. 25 years to try to keep this together and we just try to avoid being an episode of Unsung. Every time I watch it and they focus on groups, you noticed they break up because the managers tear into the groups. It’s been 25 years and we are still trying to hold on and it’s a fight. When you deal with nine different mentalities and they challenge how I think and what we should do, energies and perspectives tend to clash. So it’s a struggle but I appreciate going through it with these guys.


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Raekwon helped popularize Cristal with his solo debut album, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, from 1995. / ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images

If you had to describe yourself as a DC or Marvel character, who would it be and why?

Raekwon: It would have to be Batman. I’m on these dudes man. You can’t get away. I feel that I run the city. It’s funny you asked that because I look at it like that. I got some newjackers that’s coming out that’s going to be on my new website. Make sure you look out for them on You going to get your Batman suit. (laughs)

What Wu-Tang song do you feel perfectly describes your career?

Raekwon: It would definitely have to be “C.R.E.A.M (Cash Rules Everything Around Me).” That one was written from the heart. That one meant everything to me. I was believing where I was going, which was greatness. So it had to be that record.

Dave East

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Harlem-bred rapper Dave East was inspired by Method Man from Wu-Tang Clan. / Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage

What Wu-Tang song do you feel perfectly describes your career?

Dave East: Oh, it has to be “Bring The Pain” by Method Man. I came to bring it. I have no plans of slowing up. I’m planning to keep pushing the culture so I’m heard to bring the pain.

Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men premieres May 10 on Showtime. Tune in to witness the greats give their epic testimonies on their beautiful struggle to become hip-hop’s greatest group of all time.

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