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February 7, 2007 | Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
FOR Will.i.am, it all began with a turntable from Rent-a-Center. The 26-year-old pop star and studio auteur was still known as William Adams, a bright-eyed freshman at Palisades High School, when his family brought home the cheap, belt-driven JVC turntable that, for hip-hop kids in the 1990s, had replaced the Fender guitar as the wish-list gift from the music store.
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September 24, 2007 | Ann Powers, Times Staff Writer
Will.i.am Songs About Girls (Interscope) * * 1/2 Will.i.am might be the only pop artist who can make comparing a woman to a farm animal seem like nice, clean fun. The Black Eyed Peas' idea man exudes frantic goodwill, even when he's cramming his productions with unsubtle hooks and tricks or building party anthems around the most juvenile rhymes since the members of Kriss Kross hung up their backward coats.
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December 29, 2005 | Mark Sachs
IT'S time to unpack the "phunk" trunk. After 18 months touring the globe, L.A.'s own Black Eyed Peas are back in town to help headline the annual New Year's Eve blowout Giant Village, encompassing six downtown blocks around Wilshire Boulevard on Saturday. For the Peas and founding member Will.i.am, who lives in Los Feliz, it's a triumphant homecoming.
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September 24, 2007 | Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
The hip-hop star known as will.i.am is a student of music history and a tech-head with a passion for living in the future. So when asked recently about where his group, the Black Eyed Peas, will be in 20 years, his brow knitted in serious contemplation. Would the group be alive and well, like the survivors of the Red Hot Chili Peppers (who, by the way, inspired the Peas to take a name that belongs in a covered dish)?
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February 5, 2006 | Chris Lee, Special to The Times
THE musical continuum connecting early '60s samba and new millennial hip-hop seemed so obvious to bossa nova piano maestro Sergio Mendes and Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am, it was practically hidden in plain sight. The two, who first worked together two years ago on a song for the "Be Cool" soundtrack, have reteamed on "Timeless" (Concord Records/Starbucks Hear Music), Mendes' first new album in eight years.
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March 29, 2006 | Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
THE man they call Will.I.Am has one of the busiest hard drives in hip-hop these days, and he carries it with him in a case marked "Will's Travel Kit." Last weekend, the leader of the Black Eyed Peas slid behind the keyboard of a computer in the mobile music studio that follows him on tour, loaded up the drive and clicked through a directory of his dizzying workload.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 24, 2007 | Ann Powers, Times Staff Writer
Will.i.am Songs About Girls (Interscope) * * 1/2 Will.i.am might be the only pop artist who can make comparing a woman to a farm animal seem like nice, clean fun. The Black Eyed Peas' idea man exudes frantic goodwill, even when he's cramming his productions with unsubtle hooks and tricks or building party anthems around the most juvenile rhymes since the members of Kriss Kross hung up their backward coats.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 24, 2007 | Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
The hip-hop star known as will.i.am is a student of music history and a tech-head with a passion for living in the future. So when asked recently about where his group, the Black Eyed Peas, will be in 20 years, his brow knitted in serious contemplation. Would the group be alive and well, like the survivors of the Red Hot Chili Peppers (who, by the way, inspired the Peas to take a name that belongs in a covered dish)?
NEWS
February 7, 2007 | Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
FOR Will.i.am, it all began with a turntable from Rent-a-Center. The 26-year-old pop star and studio auteur was still known as William Adams, a bright-eyed freshman at Palisades High School, when his family brought home the cheap, belt-driven JVC turntable that, for hip-hop kids in the 1990s, had replaced the Fender guitar as the wish-list gift from the music store.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 29, 2006 | Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
THE man they call Will.I.Am has one of the busiest hard drives in hip-hop these days, and he carries it with him in a case marked "Will's Travel Kit." Last weekend, the leader of the Black Eyed Peas slid behind the keyboard of a computer in the mobile music studio that follows him on tour, loaded up the drive and clicked through a directory of his dizzying workload.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 2006 | Chris Lee, Special to The Times
THE musical continuum connecting early '60s samba and new millennial hip-hop seemed so obvious to bossa nova piano maestro Sergio Mendes and Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am, it was practically hidden in plain sight. The two, who first worked together two years ago on a song for the "Be Cool" soundtrack, have reteamed on "Timeless" (Concord Records/Starbucks Hear Music), Mendes' first new album in eight years.
NEWS
December 29, 2005 | Mark Sachs
IT'S time to unpack the "phunk" trunk. After 18 months touring the globe, L.A.'s own Black Eyed Peas are back in town to help headline the annual New Year's Eve blowout Giant Village, encompassing six downtown blocks around Wilshire Boulevard on Saturday. For the Peas and founding member Will.i.am, who lives in Los Feliz, it's a triumphant homecoming.
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