Will.i.am > Biography
Birth Name: William James Adams, Jr.
Birth Place: Inglewood, California, U.S.
Years Active: 1991–present
Genres: Hip Hop, Dance, R&B
William James Adams, Jr. (born March 15, 1975), better known by his stage name will.i.am and occasionally his other stage name Zuper Blahq, is an American rapper, songwriter, singer, actor, and producer. will.i.am rose to fame as a frontman and co-founder of the hit hip hop group The Black Eyed Peas, with rappers apl.de.ap, Taboo, and later added member, R&B singer Fergie. As a producer, he has worked with artists such as Cheryl Cole, Daddy Yankee and Usher, as well as several tracks for Michael Jackson, which will be released on Jackson's forthcoming posthumous album. When William (will.i.am) was 16 years old, he started rapping in late 1991 under the name "Will-1X" after being discovered by Compton rapper and former N.W.A. leader Eazy-E and signed a deal to Eazy's Ruthless Records. will.i.am's first rap song was "Merry Muthafuckin' Xmas" from Eazy-E's 1992 EP “5150: Home 4 tha Sick.” Shortly after Eazy-E's death in 1995, Will left Ruthless to start a group that would later be called The Black Eyed Peas. In September 2007, will.i.am's record label Universal Music Group decided on a pilot scheme to reward file sharing with cash incentives, which included tracks from his latest solo album, “Songs About Girls.” In 2008, will.i.am was hired by Michael Jackson to produce and remix some songs for the “Thriller” re-release, “Thriller 25.” Also in 2008, will.i.am contributed the song, "One People," to the Survival International charity album, “Songs for Survival.” Zuppa Blahq is a pseudonym for electro house work will.i.am has released, who has had one solo release and one collaboration with Steve Aoki on the single "I'm In The House," which charted at #29 on the UK Singles Chart. In 2009, will.i.am worked with rappers Flo Rida and Akon on Flo Rida's new album, “R.O.O.T.S.” He co-created a girl group in 2007 called the Paradiso Girls, who are signed to Geffen/Interscope Records. The group debuted in 2009. will.i.am also recorded four tracks with Girls Aloud member “Cheryl Cole”for her debut solo album “3 Words.” Two of these tracks were also released as singles, the title track and “Heartbreaker.” will.i.am. appears on two tracks, "Heaven" and "Boy Like You". He also worked with Rihanna on her “Rated R” album on a track called "Photographs".