- Birth Name: William James Adams Jr.
- Date of Birth: March 15, 1975
- Place of Birth: Eastside Los Angeles,
CA; Unites States of America
- Occupation: rapper, producer, actor,
singer, songwriter, philanthropist
Net Worth History
Will.I.Am is best known as one of the founding members of the multiplatinum group Black Eyed Peas. But this multitalented California native wears many hats. As a record producer, Will is known as one of the best in the game. Collaborating with the likes of Madonna, Usher, Justin Timberlake and the late Michael Jackson, Will has proven that he has the Midas touch. He has released four solo albums to both popular and critical acclaim, has been a celebrity coach for “The Voice” UK and Australia. He has lent his voice to several non-musical ventures including “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa”, “Rio” and “Rio 2”. The popular celebrity has stretched his wings as a serious actor, appearing in “X-men Origins: Wolverine” as John Wraith and as God on the CBS drama “Joan of Arcadia”. Although he is known for his music, Will attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. Will.I. Am returned to his roots in fashion in 2005 by launching his fashion line called i.am.
About Will I Am
William Adams Jr. was raised in the Estrada Courts housing projects in East L.A. The young Adams never met his father and grew up with his mother, Debra Adams (formerly Cain). The nephew of former NFL player Lynn Cain, he spent much of his life looking up to his uncle as a positive male role model. Growing up, Adam’s mother continuously encouraged him to differentiate himself from the youth around him. The predominantly Hispanic community was also plagued by drugs and crime. In an effort to save her son from the perils of their neighborhood she enrolled him in a Palisades Charter High School in West L.A. It was there that he met Allan Pineda with whom he would go on to found the Black Eyed Peas.
While still in high school, Adams and Pineda would perform in night clubs all around East L.A. Adams also was a frequent participant in raves around the area. The electronic house music he heard would later influence his own musical stylings. Working with three other performers, Adams and Pineda formed the Atban Klann and was signed to Eazy-E’s Ruthless Records in 1992. After the death of the label’s founder in 1995 the group changed their name to the Black Eyed Pods. At that time, they replaced a member with Jamie Gomez, also known as Taboo. In 1997, the band underwent one last name change and became the Black Eyed Peas and went on to record their first album “Behind the Front”.
In 2013, Adams admitted that he has suffered from ADHD for some time. He also admitted to suffering from tinnitus, a common ailment among musicians who have prolonged exposure to music at high volumes.
In recent years, Adams has invested a lot of his energy into philanthropy, founding i.am.angel and supporting numerous programs intended to inspire and support young people through education and opportunity.