Will.I.Am, of the Black Eyed Peas, is set to release his third solo album on September 25th. Not surprisingly the CD will have many cameos and guest artists. Some of the already confirmed artists include Snoop Dog on the song "Donkey," Fergie on several of the tracks, Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Macy Grey, and many more. It seems to be that this is Will.I.Am's style: He has never had a successful solo career. He has always done a lot better producing and being a guest on other recordings.
Will.I.Am, or William James Adams Jr., was born in LA, where he was able to soak up the great music scene. Originally signed to Ruthless Records, Will.I.Am proceeded to found the Black Eyed Peas. Serving mainly as a producer and lyricist, Will.I.Am helped the Peas rocket to unprecedented success. This success helped Will.I.Am gain many opportunities, several of which were for producing. He contributed to the several albums from such artists as Diddy, Sergio Mendes, Justin Timberlake, and Fergie. I think all of this contributing, and not soloing, has really put a damper on his solo work. Although his new album, Songs About Girls is set to be released on September 25th, he is still working on side projects, including Michael Jackson's comeback album, and numerous other Clear Channel approved gems.
The first single, "Got It From My Mama (Genetics)" is a wonderful start to his album. It has a really catchy beat, a nonsensical Fergie melody, and an awesome hook. What else do you need from a hip-hop song? Well, I guess you can say the songs sole message is about sex, so rims and drugs are missing. The song is so catchy. I can just picture this being the next wannabe teen anthem. You can almost hear the little tweens shouting, "I got it from my mama," in a Mean Girls "Milk Shake" way (you know, when the 8 year old is stripping to Kalis). Anyway, this song is really catchy, and super danceable, so I like it.
If the rest of the album is as good as "Got It From My Mama (Genetics)," the album will be a best seller. I don't know about you, but I can't wait to listen to "Donkey," a club anthem featuring Snoop Dog. I wonder what kind of sexy action occurred during that video shoot?
Preview: (courtesy dillonMP3)
Will.I.Am – "Got It From My Mama (Genetics)": Download
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- Austin Scaggs, "Will.I.Am's 'Songs About Girls': Sneak Peek," RollingStone.com
- Julianne Shepherd, "FIRST SHOT: will.i.am 'Songs About Girls'," Vibe.com