First thing’s first. The Black Eyed Peas are not breaking up. will.i.am, frontman and producer behind the multi-platinum group, wants to get that out of the way right from the start. “We’re not going anywhere,” he says. Indeed. will.i.am has helped steer The Black Eyed Peas into one of the most popular groups in music.
On his own, will.i.am has established himself as one of music’s top producers. He has collaborated on tracks with Justin Timberlake, John Legend, Kelis, Nas, The Game, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Sergio Mendes, Carlos Santana, The Pussycat Dolls, Busta Rhymes and fellow Black Eyed Pea, Fergie. He has developed into a highly revered, sought-after musician, songwriter and producer.
That sort of adventurous spirit is what flows throughout SONGS ABOUT GIRLS. will has previously released two compilations of production projects on British label BBE Records but SONGS ABOUT GIRLS is the first effort outside of the Peas to really harness all his creative energies. Indeed, the process of creating this album has re-ignited a lot of his creative spirit. “It really made me aware of how much is possible musically,” he says. will shot an accompanying movie for SONGS ABOUT GIRLS, set in Brazil. He has plans to do anther solo album that will serve as that movie’s soundtrack. And he will soon go back into the studio with apl.de.ap, Taboo, and Fergie for the next Black Eyed Peas album.