will.i.am Says He Doesn’t Like Tupac Or Biggie: ‘That Music Doesn’t Speak To My Spirit’

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is not a Tupac or Biggie fan.

The frontman has revealed that when it comes to the two rap legends, he prefers neither. In an interview with Skillz, which went viral a year after it was released, explained why he doesn’t have a connection to either icon.

“I’m such a Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul head that I don’t like Tupac and Biggie. That kinda music doesn’t speak to my spirit,” he told Skillz during his “Hip-Hop Confessions” podcast.

Instead, he credits acts like KRS-One and Eric B. & Rakim for inspiring him. “If it’s Tupac and Biggie, I don’t hold them up like that. I hold Eric B., Rakim up like that. Tupac’s dope, don’t get me wrong. It’s not that I don’t think he’s dope,” he said. “My escape is De La, Tribe out the projects. It took me out of the projects while I was still in the projects.”

As a young MC growing up in the Estrada Courts housing projects of Boyle Heights, will was looking for an escape. “That was my path out. It kept me safe while I was in the projects,” he said. “Had I loved Tupac and Biggie while I was in the projects, I probably would have been stuck in the projects.”

Back in 1992, another legend, the late Eazy-E, signed and apl.de.ap to Ruthless Records as part of the group Atban Klann.

“We were signed to Ruthless Records in 1992 because the great Eazy-E looked at us as his Digable Planets,” will told BET in a 2015 interview. “That was his whole premise. He would tell us, ‘Yo, you guys can be A Tribe Called Quest and Digables except from the West Coast.’”

Atban Klann was dropped from Ruthless after Eazy-E’s death in 1995. Will eventually went on to form the Black Eyed Peas, adding Taboo and later Fergie to the group.

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