will.i.am On 'People's Party With Talib Kweli'

will.i.am On 'People's Party With Talib Kweli'

In this episode of "People's Party With Talib Kweli", Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer:


Here's what they got into:

  • Will and Talib first meeting in 1998 while on tour together with Biz Markie
  • Groups like Juice Crew and BDP having a profound influence on Will as a youth
  • Bringing STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) to the hood
  • KRS One inspiring Will's path of giving back to his community
  • The story of how he met fellow BEP member and one of his best friends, apl.de.ap
  • Leaning on BEP's Taboo to be the center of energy when they're performing
  • The love for former member Kim Hill despite their past differences
  • How Native Tongues provided the blueprint for the Black Eyed Peas
  • Will's 'Lost Change' album originally intended as a movie score
  • The "My Humps" concept coming from his cousin's dislike of clubs
  • Will originally wanting Nicole from the The Pussycat Dolls to join BEP
  • Pushback over Fergie joining the group and Will's confidence in the decision
  • Will's experiences working with Strong Arm Steady
  • Kanye being very different as a personal friend versus his public persona
  • How much Kanye's 'I used them' comment hurt Will's feelings
  • BEP's hit "Let's Get It Started" and the OG version "Let's Get Retarded"
  • Working for Intel, eventually being named their director of creative innovation
  • How products are marketed can have a lasting effect on communities
  • Successfully pitching the term 'EKOCYCLE' to Coca-Cola
  • His confidence during pitches stemming from his history as a battle rapper
  • Supernatural being the ultimate example of a true freestyle emcee
  • Talib's theory of Will being a time traveler from the year 2031
  • Will's thinking of currency being rooted in yes' and no's
  • His formula of writing for people far different than himself
  • How J. Rey Soul ended up joining the Black Eyed Peas crew
  • Interscope dropping BEP after 2018's 'Masters Of The Sun, Vol. 1'
  • Feeling vindicated from the success of their 2020 effort 'Translation'
  • Why Will wishes he went to college knowing what he knows now
  • The predictive algorithms of smart phones being troublesome
  • Moving his family out of the projects still being his biggest win
  • Working on creating a digital asset tool made specifically for creators
  • Starring in the show "Alter Ego" and the future of the virtual world

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