Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am is going all out for his new solo project, creatively titled #willpower. AllHipHop.com reports that Will’s forthcoming release will feature a host of star-studded collaborations with the likes of Busta Rhymes and Swizz Beatz, among others.
In an interview with U.K. radio Station Capital FM, the rapper revealed that in addition to Rhymes and Swizzy, #willpower will include appearances from Alicia Keys, Britney Spears, Shakira, LMFAO and Pussycat Doll lead Nicole Scherzinger – just to name a few.
“I have a song with Alicia Keys – me, Alicia and Swedish House Mafia,” he said. “I have a song with The Beats, which is pretty grand. Me and Shakira have been trying to finish the stuff we started, and me and Britney is really crazy.”
The rapper/producer also dished that his new project will feature a line-up of “uplifting” tracks, likely to surprise fans.
“#willpower is just a reminder to myself of staying contestant with the dream – keeping the dream alive,” Will.i.am said. “It was all a dream when I was 15 years old – 20 years later I managed to take the dream from an idea to physicality. So #willpower is uplifting songs, encouragement for those that need it.”
In addition to his new album, will.i.am has some big things in the works. As previously reported, Intel Corporation recently named Will “director of creativity.” Under his new title, the rapper will be working with the tech company to develop innovative campaigns and has reportedly begun to create music for them.
#willpower is set for release later this year. —Shamecca Harris