American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer

William Adams (born March 15, 1975), known professionally as will.i.am (pronounced ‘Will-I-am’), is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, DJ, record producer, voice actor, and philanthropist, best known as a founding and lead member of the hip hop group The Black Eyed Peas.

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will.i.am attending his #willpower album release party in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California on August 14, 2012
Background information
Birth nameWilliam James Adams, Jr.[note 1]
Also known as
  • Will 1X
  • illwilly
  • Zuper Blahq
Born (1975-03-15) March 15, 1975 (age 46)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.[5]
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • disc jockey
  • record producer
  • voice actor
  • entrepreneur
  • philanthropist
  • Vocals
  • keyboards
  • bass guitar
Years active1988–present
Associated acts

As a solo artist, will.i.am has released four solo albums, beginning with Lost Change, released in 2001 through Atlantic Records. His second solo outing, Must B 21, was released on September 23, 2003. The track "Go!" was regularly used as the theme for the NBA Live 2005 and Madden NFL 2005 seasons. The third album, Songs About Girls, was released on September 25, 2007. He released his fourth studio album, #willpower, in 2013.

As a music producer, will.i.am has produced with other artists including Cheryl, Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber, Kesha, Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, David Guetta, U2, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Usher, Justin Timberlake, A. R. Rahman, Nicki Minaj, 2NE1, and Baby Kaely.[6] In collaborations and with the Black Eyed Peas, he has a total of 41 top-40 entries on the UK Singles Chart since 1998, and has sold 9.4 million singles in the UK.[7]


  1. Although his legal name now is William Adams,[1] the name on his birth certificate is William James Adams, which he only discovered when he was 25.[2][3][4]


  1. "Media Centre - The Voice UK: will.i.am". BBC. 2013-06-01. Retrieved January 13, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. McLean, Craig (May 30, 2009). "Force of Will". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2013-02-25. Aged 25, when a passport application resulted in him seeing his full birth certificate for the first time, he found out that his real, full name was William James Adams Jr. He was named after his Jamaican father he never known, and whom no one in his family ever discussed. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. Dawson, Kim (February 15, 2011). "Brit awards 2011: plan b". Daily Star. Archived from the original on 2013-02-26. Retrieved 2012-10-07. The Black Eyed Peas frontman ... has William James Adams on his passport. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. "Will.i.am explains airport anger about his real name". MSN. February 15, 2011. Archived from the original on May 30, 2013. Retrieved February 25, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. 'will.i.am's Aha! Moment' Archived March 3, 2016, at the Wayback Machine (April 14, 2009) Oprah.com. Retrieved 2010-02-02.
  6. "Baby Kaely". Youtube Channel.
  7. "Official Charts Analysis: Linkin Park pip Maroon 5 to No.1 by 3k sales". Retrieved 2012-07-17. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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