Will.I.AM has said he is not a big fan of other Tupac or Biggie because their music does not speak to his spirit.
The Black Eyed Peas frontman has revealed that he prefers neither of the two rap legends. Will.i.am explained why he has no connection to either icon in an interview with Skillz that went viral a year after it was released.
“I’m a Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul fan, so I don’t like Tupac and Biggie.” “That kind of music doesn’t speak to my spirit,” he told Skillz on his podcast “Hip-Hop Confessions.”
Instead, he attributes his inspiration to artists such as KRS-One and Eric B. & Rakim. “If it’s Tupac and Biggie, I’m not going to hold them up like that.” That’s how I hold Eric B. and Rakim up. Don’t get me wrong: Tupac is sick. “I don’t think he’s bad,” he explained. “My getaway is De La, Tribe out of the projects.” It took me out of the projects while I was still working on them.”
Will.i.am and apl.de.ap were signed to Ruthless Records by another legend, the late Eazy-E, in 1992 as part of the group Atban Klann.
“We were signed to Ruthless Records in 1992 because the great Eazy-E saw us as his Digable Planets,” Will explained to BET in 2015. “His entire premise was that. ‘You guys can be A Tribe Called Quest and Digables except from the West Coast,’ he’d tell us.”
After Eazy-death E’s in 1995, Atban Klann was dropped from Ruthless. Will eventually formed the Black Eyed Peas, which included Taboo and, later, Fergie.