Will.I.Am wants you to know that he doesn’t care what you think of him. The Black Eyed Peas frontman has long been the target of critics – most recently his performance with Nicki Minaj at this year’s VMAs was accused of ‘setting black people back 100 years’. In the latest issue of The Source Magazine, Will gets back at those who say that he’s not ‘real hip hop,’ saying ‘Y’all n**gas stay over there….F*#k a quotable. I ain’t trying to make other rappers be like, ‘Yo, that n**ga is nice.’ I don’t give a f*#k. I did that when I was 19, 20, 21. I don’t wanna do that no more.’ Wow, tell us how you really feel Will. This comes as The Peas prepare to release their latest album The Beginning, which is preceded by their new single ‘The Time’ (which we posted yesterday).
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‘We take no ownership and Hip-Hop demonstrates that,’ he said. ‘We came from dance, disco and electro, but in 2010, if a Black man does dance, disco and electro we say, ‘That’s not Hip-Hop.’
‘As a Black man in America, why should I limit my creative to stereotypes that not only white America sees in us, but now our own culture. So, please, tell me what Hip-Hop is ’cause if that’s your definition, I don’t wanna be that. I’ll be the definition of the Hip-Hop I fell in love with.’
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