Timberlake Surprises will.i.am With New Album

Billboard.com spoke with Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am about pal Justin Timberlake forthcoming solo album. “I can’t explain it, that’s how dope it is,” he said with a laugh. “He just surprised me again. I was surprised that I was even going to like Justin Timberlake. Then he turned me into a fan, and I’ve become a fan. That means you are so talented that you are changing people’s vocabulary. Hat’s off, skull off and scalp.” Read more.

Will.I.Am Previews Solo Album

will.i.am’s upcoming, as-yet-untitled solo album won’t sound as radio friendly as the work he’s done with the Black Eyed Peas. “I’m a battle MC, don’t forget it. Yeah, we on the radio, but I eat a lot of ni**as up,” Will tells MTV News. “My roots are as a backpack parking-lot rapper. … I got signed by Eazy-E in 1991 just by freestyling, so it’s gonna have a lot of that, but at the same time, I love the art form of writing songs. A lot of MCs don’t practice that art form of songwriting structure, cadences, melody and whatnot, so I honor that art form and it’s gonna be on my solo project as well.” Read more.

Will.i.am Working With Justin Timberlake On Sophomore Album

will.i.am spoke with MTV News about his work with Justin Timberlake again on the *NSYNC star’s sophomore album. So far the two have finished four tracks, which “with his schedule and my schedule, for the little time we’ve been in the studio together, that’s a lot done,” Will said. Read more.

Will.i.am Documentary For Tsunami Relief

AllHipHop.com reports that the revenue from will.i.am’s upcoming DVD documenting the Black Eyed Peas pre-Grammy concert last weekend will be donated in its entirety to support the tsunami relief fund. “Everything that we do today is being documented by eight high-definition cameras,” will.i.am explained to reporters backstage at Los Angeles’ Avalon. “This will also be the first record that we don’t make any money off of.”

Will.i.am’s Tsunami Relief Benefit Concert

Aaron Carter, 3LW’s Adrienne Bailon, Ashlee Simpson, 98 Degrees star Nick Lachey, Jessica Simpson, Black Eyed Peas, Pink, India.Arie, and Alyssa Milano attended the will.i.am Music Group and RBK’s Tsunami Relief Benefit Concert held at Avalon in Hollywood, California on Friday (February 11). Check out pictures from GettyImages and WireImage (page1 / page2).

will.i.am’s Connection To John Kerry

Black Eyed Peas member will.i.am tells Lloyd Grove of The New York Daily News at the group’s Democratic National Convention after-party at Clio Restaurant he felt a connection to John Kerry. “When I mentioned to Kerry that I wanted to make a song about America, he said, ‘Why don’t you go to Quincy Jones?'” The dreadlocked rapper said, “It let me know that this person is no different than me.”

Beer Goggles For will.i.am And apl.de.ap

Black Eyed Peas member will.i.am was photographed scoring with glamour model Coralie but bandmate apl.de.ap is with her less-attractive mate in London’s West End. An onlooker said: “They are in one of the best bands in the world so you think they could have done a bit better than that. They definitely had the beer goggles on at the end of a boozy night.” TheSun.co.uk has since removed the image.

John Kerry Meets With will.i.am

The Boston Herald reports Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry met with Black Eyed Peas lead singer will.i.am backstage at his $4.1 million fundraiser at the Sheraton-Boston the other night. Kerry’s advisors tell the Herald they had no idea he was a fan of the group.

Will.i.am’s Solution To 50 Cent And Ja Rule Beef

Black Eyed Peas member will.i.am has a solution for settlling the long standing beef between Ja Rule and 50 Cent. He tells Chart magazine, “Put it on MTV or something. Make a show on beef. Cause as soon as they start leaving it up to themselves, somebody’s gonna get hurt. Put it on national TV so people could see who really got skills and who doesn’t. 50 Cent vs. Ja Rule, live. Forty seconds each, spit. Give each of ’em 20 words: ‘Use these 20 words in a freestyle’. Seriously, we’re rappers. We use words. It’s literature; we’re poets. And if somebody can’t go off the head and be creative, then what the fu** are they doing?”