LL Cool J: We’re On This Planet To Maximize Our Potential


>>Stephen: HEY, EVERYBODY,
WELCOME BACK! MY FIRST GUEST IS A
MULTI-PLATINUM, GRAMMY-WINNING ARTIST, A BESTSELLING AUTHOR,
AND AN ACTOR YOU KNOW FROM HIS 11 SEASONS ON “NCIS: LOS
ANGELES.” PLEASE WELCOME BACK TO “THE LATE
SHOW,” LL COOL J.( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
♪ ♪ ♪( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
♪ ♪ ♪>>Stephen: HEY, DAPPER DAN.>>DAPPER DAN.>>Stephen: GOOD TO SEE YOU
AGAIN.>>WHAT’S UP? WHAT’S UP?( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
I LIKE THE VIBE.>>Stephen: NOW, THIS BEING
WEDNESDAY, TOMORROW IS THANKSGIVING.>>RIGHT.>>Stephen: AND THIS IS– THIS
IS OUR LAST SHOW BEFORE WE TAKE A LITTLE BIT OF A BREAK.>>ABSOLUTELY GLI LIKE TO DO THE
COOKING? DO YOU DO THE COOKING FOR
THANKSGIVING?>>NO, IF I COOKED YOU WOULD BE
IN THE HOSPITAL. IT WOULD BE TOUGH.>>Stephen: I FIND THAT HARD
TO BELIEVE. BECAUSE I SAW “DEEP BLUE SEA.” YOU PLAYED A COOK IN “DEEP BLUE
SEA.” A JESUS-LOVING COOK WHO HAS A
COCKATOO.>>I ONLY MADE AN OMELET IN
“DEEP BLUE SEE.” COOKING REQUIRES MORE THAN THAT.>>Stephen: YOU NEVER COOKED
FOR YOURSELF.>>A LOT OF CHINESE FOOD.>>Stephen: I KNOW THAT
RECIPE.>>LET’S NOT MAKE IT SOUND
FANCY. I CAN FRY SOME BALONEY. I WILL WHIP UP SOME BALONEY FOR
YOU. YOU KNOW, YOU TAKE THE FORK AND
STICK THAT LITTLE BUBBLE AND PUT ON, YOU KNOW, SOME TOAST AND A
LITTLE MUSTARD AND MAYO.>>Stephen: THAT’S WHAT I’M
TALKING ABOUT.>>I’M A MAST WER THAT.>>Stephen: THE WHOLE THING
GOES IN THE TURKEY.>>I’LL TELL YOU ONE THING I CAN
DO– I KNOW HOW TO CARVE A TURKEY.>>Stephen: OH,IALLY RALE.>>YEAH.>>Stephen: WHAT’S YOUR
APPROACH?>>YOU GO RIGHT BY THE BACK
BONE.>>Stephen: AND COME IN LIKE
THAT AND IT’S ALL SLICES.>>ALL MY VEGAN FRIENDS ARE REAL
UNHAPPY WITH ME RIGHT NOW. SORRY!>>Stephen: NOW THIS IS– THIS
IS– THIS IS EXCITING. YOU WERE ANNOUNCED THAT YOU’RE
DOING THE– YOU’RE HOSTING THE KENNEDY CENTER HONORS THIS YEAR.>>YES, YES.>>Stephen: THAT’S A GREAT–
>>YES.( APPLAUSE ).>>THANK YOU, THANK YOU.>>Stephen: IT’S ONE OF MY
FAVORITE NIGHTS– ONE OF MY FAVORITE NIGHTS IN THE YEAR. ALSO IN 2017 YOU WERE THE FIRST
HIP-HOP ARTIST HONORED WITH A KENNEDY CENTER HONOR WHICH WAS
VERY MEANINGFUL TO A LOT OF PEOPLE. WHAT DID THAT MEAN TO YOU?>>IT’S AMAZING BECAUSE AS MY
CAREER PROGRESSED WE WERE ABLE TO DO A LOT OF FIRSTS FOR
HIP-HOP AND NOT JUST FOR ME BUT IT LIFTS THE ENTIRE GENRE UP AND
VALIDATES IT WITH A CERTAIN AUDIENCE AT A CERTAIN LEVEL. I’M HONORED TO BE A PART OF IT. IT WILL BE COOL TO HOST ASK JUST
HAVE A GOOD TIME AND GET OUT THERE. IT’S NOT ABOUT ME. IT’S ABOUT THE SHOW. WE’RE GOING TO HAVE SOME FUN
AND, YOU KNOW, KENNEDY CENTER HONORS, LET’S DO IT.>>Stephen: I HOSTED A FEW
TIME– I HOST AID FEW TIMES AND IT’S LIKE A WHOLE WEEKEND. IT’S LIKE A WEDDING.>>YOU GO TO THE STATE
DEPARTMENT.>>Stephen: THAT ROOM AT THE
STATE DEPARTMENT.>>I REMEMBER SITTING AT THE
TABLE WITH JAMES BROWN, AND I’M SITTING THERE HAVING DINNER WITH
JAMES BROWN. AND IT WAS JUST, LIKE, YOU KNOW,
I KEPT LEANING– HUH? I WAS LEANING OVER A LITTLE BIT. BUT IT WAS AN AMAZING, AMAZING
FEELING TO JUST SIT THERE– FRAUM, YOU’RE SURROUNDED BY SO
MUCH– YOU KNOW, AMERICA– WE HAVE– LOOK, LET’S TALK ABOUT
AMERICA FOR ONE SECOND, RIGHT. WE HAVE OUR DIFFERENCES AND A
LOT OF US SEE THE WORLD WITH DIFFERENT THREATS AND DIFFERENT
THINGS. BUT WHEN YOU GET PAST SOME OF
THOSE THREATS AND EVERYBODY THINKS THAT THREAT IS DIFFERENT,
DEPENDING ON WHERE THEIR VIEWPOINT IS, WE REALLY HAVE AN
AMAZING COUNTRY, RIGHT?>>Stephen: SURE.>>AND I THINK THAT–
( APPLAUSE ).
>>YEAH. AND I THINK THAT, YOU KNOW, ME
SITTING THERE WITH JAMES BROWN AND JUST SITTING IN THAT ROOM,
IT JUST– YOU KNOW, IT SHOWED ME THAT ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. I DIDN’T SAY THAT THERE AREN’T
SYSTEMIC ISSUES. I DIDN’T SAY THAT THERE AREN’T
CERTAIN THINGS THAT CERTAIN PEOPLE AREN’T HELD BACK, AND
CERTAIN DOORS CERTAIN PEOPLE CAN’T GET IN. WE KNOW THERE IS THINGS THAT
EXIST IN THIS COUNTRY LIKE THAT. BUT OVERALL, I THINK THAT WE’VE
GOT A LOT OF UP SIDE, YOU KNOW, DOING THIS AMERICAN THING. AND WE KIND OF GOT TO, YOU KNOW,
NOT LOSE SIGHT OF THAT PUP KNOW WHAT I MEAN?>>Stephen: AND THAT NIGHT
WHEN YOU GO TO THE STATE DEPARTMENT, IT’S SO BEAUTIFUL,
BECAUSE WHEN YOU WALK NTHE FIRST ROOM YOU WALK INTO, THERE IS THE
ACTUAL TREATY OF PARIS.>>IT’S CRAZY.>>Stephen: SIGNED BY THOMAS
JEFFERSON. THERE IS THE DESK THAT HE WROTE
DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE ON.>>ACTUALLY, DAVID RUBENSTEIN
ACTUALLY HAD A COPY OF IT –>>Stephen: THE PRESIDENT OF
THE SENATE.>>YEAH, YEAH. HE HAD A COPY OF THE DECLARATION
OF INDEPENDENCE THERE, THERE, LIKE, HE HAD PURCHASED.>>Stephen: YOU CAN’T HELP BUT
BE MOVED BY THE ENTIRE THING.>>IT’S PRETTY INTERESTING. BUT, REMEMBER, FREEDOM SHOULD BE
FOR ALL OF US, RIGHT. AND WE HAVE TO, YOU KNOW, ALL BE
FREE, RIGHT. AND I THINK THAT’S VERY
IMPORTANT. AND IT’S NOT ABOUT BITTERNESS. IT’S NOT ABOUT TRYING TO FIND
SOMETHING TO BE ANGRY ABOUT. IT’S NOT ABOUT STICKING YOUR
CHEST OUT JUST TO BE STICK YOUR CHEST OUT. BUT IT’S ABOUT FINDING THAT
COMMON GROUND, THAT COMMON CONNECTION, AND ACTING ON THAT
AND INJECTING A LITTLE BIT OF LOVE INTO THAT. AND I THINK THAT WE CAN KIND OF
MOVE FORWARD. I’M NOT TRYING TO BE OVERLY
IDEALISTIC. I THINK IT’S SOMETHING WE NEED.>>Stephen: I THINK YELLISM IS
GOOD. YOU HAVE TO HAVE A STANDARD, YOU
KNOW. YOU HOPE TO BEHAVE THAT WAY.>>ABSOLUTELY.>>Stephen: YOU STARTED OFF
WHEN YOU WERE SO YOUNG. HERE ARE YOU– THIS IS EVEN WHEN
YOU FIRST STARTED. THIS IS YOU AT 17. AND YOU’VE ALREADY– YOU’D
ALREADY BEEN GOING FOR A COUPLE YEARS AT THIS POINT.>>I CAN TELL BY THE JEWELRY. YEAH.>>Stephen: YOU ALREADY–
>>I DIDN’T START OFF WITH JEWELRY.>>Stephen: YOU RELEASED YOUR
FIRST SONG WHEN YOU WERE 16.>>YEAH.>>Stephen: DID YOUR FAMILY
ENCOURAGE YOU, OR WERE THEY KIND OF BAFFLED BY THE DESIRE?>>WELL, YOU KNOW, I HAD A
FAMILY– I HAD A GRANDMOTHER WHO ALWAYS TOLD ME, “IF A TASK IS
ONCE BEGUN, NEVER LEAVE IT UNTIL IT’S DONE.” AND THAT SOUNDED CUTE UNTIL I
STARTED OVERSLEEPING ON MONDAY MORNING BECAUSE I HAD DONE
CONCERTS ALL WEEKEND. AND THEN IT WAS, “AAHHGGHH.” I ENDED UP LEAVING THE HOUSE. I SLEPT ON THE TRAIN FOR A
WHILE, SLEPT AT FRIENDS’ HOUSES, JUMPING OVER ROACHES —
>>Stephen: YOU WEREN’T LIVING AT HOME BECAUSE YOU PRIORITIZED
YOUR CAREER AND THAT WAS NOT UNDERSTAND.>>WHEN I HAD 12, $1500 BUCKS TO
CONTRIBUTE, “COME ON IN, BABY!” ALL OF A SUDDEN I WAS, YOU KNOW,
SALMON AND GRITS, BISCUITS AND ROLLS AND, YOU KNOW. SO– BUT, YOU KNOW, IT WAS’ FUN
TIME. IT WAS A FUN TIME.>>Stephen: DID YOU EVER THINK
ABOUT QUITTING?>>YOU ALWAYS– YES, ABSOLUTELY. LISTEN, LISTEN —
>>Stephen: WHEN DID YOU STOP THINKTHINKING ABOUT QUITTING?>>YOU NEVER STOP THINKING ABOUT
QUITTING. NOT IF YOU’RE STRIVING TO BE
AGREEMENT AND MAKE YOUR DREAMS A REALITY. THERE IS NOBODY WHO IS
SUCCESSFUL WHO HAS NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT QUITTING. IT’S ABSURD TO EVEN IMAGINE
THAT. YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE MOST–
THAT’S– THAT’S WHY– THAT’S WHAT IT TAKES, RIGHT? IT’S POWERING THROUGH THOSE
TIMES WHERE YOU FEEL LIKE YOU CAN’T MAKE IT. IT’S POWERING THROUGH THOSE
TIMES WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE YOU SHOULD JUST FORGET EVERYTHING.>>Stephen: BUT ONCE YOU’VE
MADE IT, THERE’S I CAN’T STAY AT THE STANDARD I WANT TO KEEP FOR
MYSELF.>>IF YOU’RE NOT GETTING BETTER,
YOU’RE GETTING WORSE. MAKING IT, ALL THAT MEANS IS
THAT YOU’VE ACHIEVED THAT GOAL. BUT IF YOU WANT TO LIVE A FULL
AND RICH LIFE, WHEN YOU ACHIEVE THAT GOAL, YOU NEED TO SET A NEW
GOAL, RIGHT. THERE IS NO “MAKING IT.” IT’S NOT LIKE OH, YOU GET A
CHECK AND YOU MADE IT. BILL GATES, PHENOMENAL GUY. HE’S DONE INCREDIBLY WELL WITH
HIS LIFE AND THE FINANCE, HE’S STILL TRYING TO FIND A CURE FOR
MALARIA. YOU SET NEW GOALS. THERE’S ALWAYS GOING TO BE
SOMETHING BECAUSE I THINK WE’RE ON THIS PLAN TOTE MAXIMIZE OUR
POTENTIAL. WE’RE NOT JUST HERE TO EITHER
MAKE A LOT OF MONEY OR BE REALLY FAMOUS, AND THAT’S IT. LIKE, YOU WANT TO MAXIMIZE YOUR
POTENTIAL, WHATEVER IT IS YOU DO. AND I DON’T BELIEVE THAT DREAMS
HAVE DEADLINE. I’LL GIVE YOU AN INTERESTING
EXAMPLE. LIKE, I WAS SPEAKING TO ELENA
BUNCH ROAM THROW UPON THE FOUNDER AND THE GUY WHO BUILT
THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE IN
D.C. AT THE SMITHSONIAN. NOW THAT IDEA OF BUILDING THAT
MUSEUM IS OVER A CENTURY OLD, OVER 100 YEARS OLD. PEOPLE HAVE FAILED AND TRIED AND
FAILED AND TRIED. AND THIS GUY WENT IN THERE AND
OVER THE COURSE OF 11 YEARS HE WAS ABLE TO BUILD THIS MUSEUM
AND TAKE THIS MUSEUM TO ANOTHER LEVEL AND NOW PEOPLE FROM AROUND
THE WORLD CAN REQUEST GDOWN THERE AND GET AN EXPERIENCE THEY
PROBABLY NEVER WOULD HAVE GOTTEN AND THAT’S PATROL TO THE
AMERICAN STORY BECAUSE YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT ALL THE PEOPLE IN
AMERICA SO YOU CAN HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF WHO WE ARE AS A
COUNTRY. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THAT, THAT GUY
DOING, THAT YOU THAN DREAMS DON’T HAVE DEADLINES, AND
THERE’S NEVER AN END. HE HAD DONE MANY THINGS THAT
WERE REALLY AMAZING PRIOR TO THAT. SO THAT’S AN EXAMPLE.( APPLAUSE ).>>Stephen: BEAUTIFUL. NOW, YOU’RE AN ACTOR ON “NCIS:
LOS ANGELES”, AS EVERYBODY HERE KNOWS. YOU STARTED ACTING IN THE EARLY
19s WHEN UPPER ALREADY A SUCCESSFUL HIP-HOP STAR. WHY DID YOU WANT TO BECOME AN
ACTOR, TOO?>>I DIDN’T WANT TO LIMIT
MYSELF. I FELT I HAD THE ABILITY. AND I’LL EVEN BE MORE CANDID. THE FIRST TIME I WENT TO A
RECORD COMPANY I SAID, “I’M THINKTHINKING ABOUT STARTING A N
RECORD,” AND THE GUY STARTED ADJUSTING HIMSELF IN THE SEAT. I SAID I’M NOT GOING TO BE
HANDCUFFED TO THIS GAME. I HAVE TO BE ABLE TO DO
DIFFERENT THINGS. I HAVE THE TALENT AND THE
ABILITY, WITH HUMIMENT, I HAVE THEITALLANT AND THE ABILITY TO
DO OTHER THINGS. I’M NOT GOING TO BE DOING ONE
THING JUST TO BE DOING IT YOU.>>Stephen: HAVE DONE IT ON
“NCIS: LOS ANGELES” IS IN ITS 11th SEASON. I WILL ASK YOU AGAIN THE FIRST
QUESTION I ASKED YOU ABOUT THIS SHOW: HOW MUCH NAVAL CRIME IS
THERE IN LOS ANGELES?( LAUGHTER )
AND HOW GOOD COULD YOU AND CHRIS ODOBL BE IF THERE’S STILL THIS
MUCH NAVAL CRIME AFTER 11 SEASONS?>>YEAH, YEAH, YEAH. CRIME IS OVER. THERE’S NO MORE CRIME, YEAH,
YEAH. WE’VE SOLVED CRIME. CRIME IS SOLVED.>>Stephen: GOOD TO SEE YOU. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING
HERE. “NCIS: LOS ANGELES” AIRS SUNDAYS
AT 9:00 P.M. ON CBS. LL COOL J, EVERYBODY! WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK

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