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will.i.am Thinks Taylor Swift Is “Dope”, Wants to Work With Her

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will.i.am is pretty much the worst and I can’t stand the sight of him – which is too bad for me since he turns up EVERYWHERE and we can’t seem to get rid of him no matter how hard we try. Now he wants to try and make himself even more relevant by collaborating with… Taylor Swift? Dear God.

From E! News:

“Taylor Swift is dope,” will.i.am told me earlier this week before performing at a music festival in Norway.

“I’d like to work with Taylor Swift. I like the girl. We could do something really fantasy-like. That would be cool.”

Why is everything “dope”? Why does he think she would want to do something “fantasy-like” (whatever that even means) with him? All of this is just so wrong. Don’t get me wrong – I like a few Black Eyed Peas songs, admittedly, but ever since he went solo, he’s started ruining everything he touches. I know some people would say Taylor Swift is bad enough on her own, but come on.

will.i.am Has ADHD, Which Is… Ooh, What’s That Shiny Thing?

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Before everyone gets their knickers in a twist, ADHD is a serious issue, blah blah blah, but yes there’s treatment for it and no, it’s not life threatening, so lighten up. Anyway, it might explain why will.i.am is so f-cking annoying all the time – he suffers from the disorder.

Will’s had ADHD for years, but he doesn’t take Ritalin or any other drugs for it. Instead, music is his cure and he’s learned how to control it. Incidentally, sometimes things like ADD/ADHD and related issues can actually be a positive thing for artists, and since he’s rich and inexplicably famous now, it seems to have all worked out for him.

From The Mirror:

“I have ADHD. I’ll admit it. Did you hear about the elephant that got into that fight with a gorilla? Sorry, that’s my ADHD kicking in.

“I’ve got all this stuff in my head at the same time as I’m doing stuff and I don’t know how to stop or slow down. But it’s all good because I know how to control it.”

The American music producer has revealed how music, not anti-hyperactivity drug Ritalin, is his cure for the condition.

He says: “For every obstacle there’s some type of solution. So if you have ADHD it’s your passion point. One thing I learned about ADHD is that it’s hard to keep your attention and you can’t sit still and you’re always moving and thinking about a whole bunch of things.

“But those traits work well for me in studios and in meetings about creative ideas. I’ve figured out a place for it. If you listen to the songs I write, they are the most ADHD songs ever. They have five hooks in one and it all happens in three minutes. I figured out a way of working with it.”

And Will, whose new album #willpower is out now, also manages to avoid feeling down through his love of music.

He added: “If I was stuck at a different job I’d be horrible and wouldn’t survive. Music is my therapy and my straitjacket. Music keeps me sane and keeps my mind on something. It’s fragile up there.

“My mind would wander, and if it wanders then that’s not good because I could scare myself thinking of weirdo stuff. Music brings control to my thoughts. It’s not escape – it’s just order. I’m making order out of a disorder.”

To be honest, I’m not at all surprised by this revelation. will.i.am is always so all over the place and hyper that it kinda makes sense. I’m trying to be nice today (heh), so I’ll just say good for him for figuring it all out.

will.i.am Admits He Stole a Song, But He’ll Make It Better!

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I’m not sure what’s more annoying about will.i.am: his face, his voice, the fact that he calls everything “dope”, his inflated ego, those stupid periods in his name, his friendship with Justin Bieber, the fact that he totally steals songs… Well, let’s concentrate on the latter, for now.

Right, so the track ‘Let’s Go’ featuring Chris Brown (double ugh) from Will’s new album #willpower (dumb) is a rip off of Arty and Rat Zo’s ‘Rebound’. Billy didn’t clear the rights before using the beat, nor did he acknowledge that he’d taken it… until he was called out, of course.

Arty and Zo seem like nice bros, so here’s what each of them said on Twitter and Facebook, respectively:

“I really and truly appreciate all the support you are giving me and Arty in response to will.i.am’s copyright infringement. However, this doesn’t excuse the horrific abuse you’re sending the way of will.i.am and Chris Brown, and it especially doesn’t excuse being racist.”


Anyhoo, William went on KIIS-FM to discuss this whole thing yesterday (thanks to DS for the transcript) and admitted that he definitely took the song but promising that he’s “fix it” – probably by trying to pay Arty and Zo off:

“So this song by Chris Brown ‘Let’s Go’. Arty is a dope producer so I wrote this song to rebound this last year.

“I got in touch with Arty and showed it to him, did a different version to it ’cause I asked him [to] make it newer ’cause I don’t just wanna take your song and rap over it. But we did that, we collaborated.

“But in a year’s time, time’s gone by [and] we preferred writing over and using the [original] rebound. Something happened and the clearance… hopefully we resolved the issue.

“I’m a fan of Arty; I think he’s great and the world needs to know about how talented those guys are. It’s sad that it’s turned into a fiasco but hopefully it’s resolved because I’m a fan of those guys to the point where I wrote to their instrumental.”

Asked if he had originally collaborated with Arty on the song, he replied: “No, I heard his ‘Rebound’ and then wrote a song to it and then contacted them last year. A year has passed and we’re fixing it now.”

“Do you like James Brown? Love James Brown. He changed Hip-Hop. People sample. You heard the song ‘American Boy’ by Estelle? That original, I did the original instrumental on my song on my album Songs by Girls.”

Stop trying to justify it, man. You stole the beat and thought they weren’t popular enough for you to ever get caught, but you did. Now pay up and shut up.