SLUG: On Raekwon’s newest album Only Built for Cuban Linx Part Two, it was originally thought that you were going to be heavily associated with that project, but you and the RZA are both featured minimally on that album. What changed that in the making of the album?
GZA: I dunno. I haven't really heard Rae's album yet. I heard it’s really good. But some of those songs were done years ago and we had went into the studio with the anticipation of doing a Wu Tang album at one time and it never materialized. I was originally on five or six songs, but I don't think he used everything, and I can understand that.
SLUG: You've done some film work like Chappelle’s Show and Coffee and Cigarettes with Bill Murray. Are you looking to do more work in film?
GZA: Maybe, I'll probably do a little bit of acting. I don't know for sure, it’s not really my thing. But I wouldn't turn it down if I was asked, ya know. Depending on the script, I'd probably go for it.
SLUG: How was working with a character like Bill Murray?
GZA: Oh that was fun. Incredible experience. I could of done a whole lot better.
SLUG: Your son Justice is currently venturing into the music industry, what are your hopes and motivations you would like to see come from him?
GZA: You know he is pretty well grounded and focused. You know he understands, he has love for the music. Otherwise he wouldn't of tried to do a record. His drive is not like the average youth, because the average kid is fooled by what they see on TV. They like, ‘yo I want that chain and that car.’ Whatever they see they want. And it’s good to want, but understand how to get it, and understand there’s many ways to get, not just one way.
SLUG: Are there some projects that you and him are collaborating on together?
GZA: Sometimes we sit down and we write. He's learned a lot. I think we'll be doing some songs. I tell him he should learn music, so he should be playing instruments. Because that's the best way if your gonna do music learn to read music. That way you can take it step further. You don't have to just do hip hop. If you read music you can do anything. You can do opera you can do R&B,you can do score, you can do commercials, you can do all of that, and you can teach music. Which really steps it up cause that's given back.
SLUG: With all the members of Wu growing into their lives do you think everyone's kids will make the Wu Jr. Clan?
GZA: My son loves hip hop and he loves music, but you have to do what you wanna do. I mean, I love chess and my children play chess. I taught them at a young age to play, but they don't like chess. I remember one time drilling ‘em and he's looking at me and not saying it, but I can feel the vibe like, this is you dad this ain't me. At one point I used to pay them to play. Play a game of chess, whoever wins gets five dollars, but they don't like the game so why force it? It’s just like if you a boxer, that don't mean your son is gonna be a boxer, so why force it?
SLUG: What’s the next adventure for The Genius?
GZA: I'm just writing. I'm working on a couple of books and scripts, that's takin’ a long time to do.