Will.I.Am Career and Net Worth
Will.I.Am Career and Net Worth, Who is the richest Black Eyed Peas member? This article take you through the life and career of one of the main brains behind the formation of the “Black Eye Peas” group. The article further explores his versatility and how he leverage same to launch a very successful career.
Will.I.Am is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, DJ, actor, and television personality. Will has about $70 million in net worth as of this writing. He is the founding and lead member of the hip hop group “The Black Eyed Peas”. Will is also known for being a judge and mentor on various television talent show franchises, including “The Voice UK” and “The Voice Kids”.
Will.I.Am Early Life and Career Beginnings
Will.I.Am was born William James Adams Jr. on March 15, 1975, in Los Angeles, California. Will was brought up by his mother, Debra. Will never met his father. He grew up in Eastside Los Angeles, in the Estrada Courts housing projects. Will’s mother sent him to school in the affluent West Los Angeles to encourage his musical career. Will attended John Marshall High School. He became best friends with Allan Pineda Lindo also known by his stage name apl.de.ap. Allan would become a future member of The Black Eyed Peas. In high school, the pair teamed up with another pair and began to perform around Los Angeles as a rap group called Atbann Klann. They were signed to the label Ruthless Records in 1992. Will began rapping under the name Will-1X, recording the song “Merry Muthafuckin Xmas” with Atbann Klann. Will left Ruthless Records in 1995 and began to form the group who would later be known as The Black Eyed Peas.
Will.I.Am Music Career
The Black Eyed Peas signed with Interscope Records, and released their debut single “Joints and Jam” in early 1998. This original had only included Adams, Lindo, and Jaime Gomez (known by his stage name Taboo). The group’s debut album “Behind the Front”, released in June 1998, was successful enough that their contract with Interscope was renewed. They went on to released their second album “Bridging the Gap” in 2000. Around this time, Will began working on his own material, and released his first solo album “Lost Change” (2001), which was a big critical success. It was while working on material for their third album “Elephunk”, that the Peas realized that female vocals might work on the song “Shut Up”. They approached Nicole Scherzinger to feature on their track, but she already had prior commitments. They then turned to singer Stacy Ann Ferguson (better known as Fergie). Fergie immediately forged a strong tie with the group, and joined them as a permanent member. “Elephunk” was released in 2003, and reached number 14 on the Billboard Top 200. It went on to sell 8.5 million copies worldwide. It was during this time that Adams also recorded and released his second solo album “Must B 21” (2003). The Peas released their fourth album “Monkey Business” in 2005. It was certified three times Platinum by the RIAA in the US. Their single “Don’t Phunk with My Heart” won the group the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. After a brief hibernation, they came out with the albums “The E.N.D.” in 2009, “The Beginning” in 2010 and “Masters of the Sun Vol. 1” in 2018. Will also released two more solo albums of his own- “Songs About Girls” in 2007 and “#willpower” in 2013. As a music producer, Will has produced music for artists including Cheryl, Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber, Kesha, Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, David Guetta, U2, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Usher, Justin Timberlake, Nicki Minaj, and 2NE1. Who is the richest Black Eyed Peas member? Will.I.Am is the richest Black Eyed Peas member.
Will.I.Am Personal Life
Will is remains extremely discrete about his personal life. Not much is known, but he is rumored to have been romantically involved with singer Cheryl. Will suffers from tinnitus, and has also stated that he has ADHD.