Will.i.am Net Worth
Will.i.am (that’s not a typo) has a unique approach to his music career just as he does his name’s spelling and spacing? He’s a DJ and producer, as well as a rapper and he has an estimated worth of $75 million. He helped catapult Black Eyed Peas to hip-hop and rap fame and also helped create and produce hits from John Legend and others.
Will.i.am first caught the public ear as a member of the Black Eyed Peas, which started out as a trio making underground hip hop before pivoting to become a pop-rap group and finding international success. He’s also a solo artist and a producer who has worked with some of the biggest artists in the world — including Ricky Martin, Britney Spears and Justin Bieber — but still finds time to channel his love for old school hip hop. More recently he’s been nurturing the dreams of other artists as a judge and coach on the UK version of The Voice. And this modern day Renaissance man has his fingers in lots of other pies, becoming a notable tech entrepreneur in recent years.
Growing Up in the L.A. Projects
Will.i.am was born William James Adams on March 15, 1975, in Los Angeles, California. His mother, Debra, raised him alone after his father — whom he has never met — abandoned the family. Adams grew up in a housing project, which he described to the Daily Beast as being “raised in the ghetto, on welfare, two minutes from homeless.” Having music as an outlet helped him look beyond his bleak surroundings. While in high school, he met Allan Pineda (stage name: apl.de.ap). The two combined their hip-hop and break-dancing styles to form the rap group Atban Klann with several others. They were signed in 1992 to Eazy-E’s Ruthless Records label, and appeared that year as guests on his 5150 – Home 4 Tha Sick EP. They recorded an album, Grass Roots, which was shelved, although a single from it, “Puddles of H2O,” was released in 1994, before the group were dropped from the label following Eazy-E’s death in 1995.
All-Star Music Producer
When not focused on Black Eyed Peas, will.i.am has produced music for other established acts, including Mariah Carey and Michael Jackson and his one-time bandmate Fergie, after she struck out on her own. Fergie’s success prompted will.i.am to follow suit in 2007 with another solo album, Songs About Girls. In 2013 he released #willpower, which featured the duets “#ThatPOWER” with Justin Bieber, “Fall Down” with Miley Cyrus and “Scream & Shout” with Britney Spears. He has also kept a hand in with hip hop, contributing to records by The Game, Nas, Busta Rhymes, Too Short and Common.
Activism, Accolades and Art
Will.i.am has also embraced the worlds of politics and social activism. He created songs and a website to support Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. His innovative music video for the song “Yes We Can,” which spliced together snippets from Obama’s speeches, won an Emmy and a Clio award. He also has his own foundation, I.Am.Angel, to support education; one of its initiatives, I.Am.Steam (Steam stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math), exposed underserved students to learning opportunities outside the classroom and earned him recognition as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2013.
With a new solo album in the pipeline, plus the return of the Black Eyed Peas – and his continuing role on UK television and behind the boards for top artists – the always futuristic will.i.am shows no sign of slowing down.
Will.i.am Bio Info
Full name: William James Adams Jr.
Born: 15 March 1975 (age 43 years), Eastside Los Angeles
Height: 1.77 m
Music groups: The Black Eyed Peas (Since 1995), Atban Klann (1991 – 1995), Jawbreakers
Education: Palisades Charter High School, John Marshall High School, Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
- You can rule ignorance; you can manipulate the illiterate; you can do whatever you want when a people are uneducated, so that goes in line with corrupt business and corrupt politics. – Will.i.am
- I was born and raised in the ghetto, on welfare, two minutes from homeless. – Will.i.am
- Hip-hop culture is probably one of the most powerful things to come out of America in a long time – everything from the music to the art to the dance to the language. – Will.i.am
- If you really want change, you really want it to be inclusive, where everyone’s included, otherwise you’re just going to have more of the same in the future. – Will.i.am
- Disco is the first technology music. And what I mean is that ‘disco’ music is named after discs, because when technology grew to where they didn’t need a band in the clubs, the DJ played it on a disc. – Will.i.am
Will.i.am Videos on YouTube
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