will’s Power: The 15 Best will.i.am Beats

Black Eyed Peas ft. De La Soul – “Cali to New York” (2000)
Before smashing the pop charts with dance-heavy singles, the Black Eyed Peas stuck to a largely underground-oriented sound that combined glossy pop production with definitively hip-hop sampling techniques. With a pulsating bass line, crisp drums and light and jazzy guitar groove, BEP’s collaboration with De La Soul perfectly blends will.i.am’s pop sensibility and De La’s Native Tongues history.

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  • BrianRaider

    Doctors Advocate Games Best Album? C’mon Son. I Would Say The Documentary, Or Even LAX. Opinions Opinions

    • Hannya

      I sorta liked Doctor’s Advocate a little better than The Documentary, only because it sounded more “West Coast” to me. Game lost me with the R.E.D. Album though.

      • BrianRaider

        Awww Man I Liked The Red Album It Was Dope!

        • Hannya

          Oh don’t get me wrong I do like the R.E.D. Album. My only issue with it was that it had a lot of filler tracks in my opinion. I finally listened to Jesus Piece. I thought it was better than a lot of the critics thought. I’m hoping with his next album he features more of the newer West Coast cats that have been making noise. Time will tell I guess.

  • BrianRaider

    Doctor’s Adv Was Bangin Though This Is A Good Article!

  • http://twitter.com/trillNes Ness

    Boobies was bouncing on my head.

  • Hannya

    I always thought Will was extremely underrated as a producer. I commend him for branching out and trying something new but this techo-dance stuff is starting to sound the same. I hope he goes back to a more hip-hop sound.