February 5, 2006 |
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.
March 29, 2006 |
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.
September 24, 2007 |
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)?