You can rule ignorance; you can manipulate the illiterate; you can do whatever you want when a people are uneducated, so that goes in line with corrupt business and corrupt politics.— will.i.am
The most proven will.i.am quotes that are simple and will have a huge impact on you
When you follow your heart, you're never supposed to do things because of what you think people might say. You do it for the opposite reasons.
There are no problems that can’t be solved.
The world is too full of options. If you can’t solve the #problem, it’s because you haven’t found the right option ... But the answer is always there.
Disco is the first technology music. And what I mean is that 'disco' music is named after discs, because when technology grew to where they didn't need a band in the clubs, the DJ played it on a disc.
It's never a waste of time or money to invest in yourself, no matter the source.
True wealth begins inwards and emits its light outward into everything else, including the people you surround yourself with.
I'm good at thinking outside the box, so much that you realise it's not a box to begin with.
Electro is today's disco - making electronic music not for the sake of selling it but for sharing it and touring around the world D.J.-ing.
We need creative people working with broadcasters, making smart content to inspire people to be geniuses.
If I didn't mould my reality then I'd still be in the ghetto where people like me are supposed to stay. You have to dream your way out of the nightmare.
I like all the families in the U.K. But what I like about the idea of the royal family is... they seem like they're well educated and there's something admirable about them. And the Queen... she reminds me of my grandma.
I was born and raised in the ghetto, on welfare, two minutes from homeless.
There are five issues that make a fist of a hand that can knock America out cold. They're lack of jobs, obesity, diabetes, homelessness, and lack of good education.
I don't follow waves or trends or emotions.
If I were a painter, I would paint beautiful bodies - I would paint nipples, and I would paint Bibles. Am I going to say, 'I'm not going to paint this woman's neck because people will think I just want to lick on necks?' Please! That's not what art is about.
There's no chivalry in culture any more.
Sometimes you meet someone who everyone says is polite and you're like, 'Wow,' but then it's like, 'Hang on, isn't everyone supposed to be polite?'
Things don’t have to end. They can begin again.
I go out partying to figure out exactly who I'm making music for. You can't just guess.
But Michael Jackson didn't have perfect diction - He said 'chamone' instead of 'come on'.
It's dangerous to be a child star, but it's dangerous to be a child in the ghetto, or to be a child at school being bullied.
Politics are about preserving relationships at the end of the day, and it has nothing to do with the greater good for humanity. It's just all about business.
We forget to thank the scientists that began these musical inventions and systems. The guy that invented the phonograph and gramophone - Thomas Edison!
Although, okay, in Scotland, the boys wear the skirts.
But as far as pop culture, women were on the forefront of the unisex movement and I'm grateful to you.
Music is my therapy and my straitjacket.
Music keeps me sane and keeps my mind on something. It's fragile up there.
It's ironic that this amazing invention of the Internet has made information gathering easier available than ever, but that this platform also helps spread misinformation.
Eisenhower warned us about the military-industrial complex and the damage it could do to society.
The Black Eyed Peas sell thousands of seats in every country on the planet.
You can't get nervous. We're all succeeding in all different parts of our careers. Just because I produce Nas and John Legend and Justin Timberlake doesn't mean it will change the dynamic of the Peas.
Every year there's an Oscar and Grammy and we celebrate those shows.
We do the same in the U.S about sports schools and colleges. The same thing doesn't happen for tech and STEM.
I don't want to tell people where to go get all my cool stuff.
When you think about the guys who started Twitter, and the Google guys, and the Facebook guys and the Napster guys, and the Microsoft guys, and the Dell guys and the Instagram guys, it's all guys. The girls, they're being left behind.
I can like something. You can like something. It's not an absolute.
If you live in a good neighborhood, you drive home and there's a bank.
There's grocery stores and big houses - but no motels. What that tells you psychologically is you protect your money and buy good things for your family to eat in your nice big house.
If you are a chef, no matter how good a chef you are, it's not good cooking for yourself; the joy is in cooking for others - it's the same with music.
Traveling in Europe made me understand that America has an island mentality: No one exists except us. There's a whole other world out there, but most Americans - all they know is America, the marketing plan.
If you want to be a better web hacker, hang out with a painter.
If you know how to freestyle, you will never have writer's block.
Pop is the most competitive form of music there is.
You are always fighting to be adopted and accepted by the masses, and it's always shifting.
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. 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.
I love India, Russia and touring has made me many friends abroad.
Regulation has never really worked unless it's hate speech libel etc.
If my mind's not trying to fix something or create something, I don't know what to do. It just throws me off.
You can get your money and you put it in the bank, or you can put it in the youth. You can put it in our future.
I'd like to see Apple and Dell factories be brought to the inner cities;
in every project in America, there's some factory there, and it's abandoned, and I'd like to see those factories open and bring jobs to America.
Every election is important and each election says it's more important than the last.
I read Twitter all the time, even though I rarely tweet.
I have a pro tools rig that I carry in my backpack.
The maps are really like a filter. They filter information for you to make better decisions on where you are going and what to do.
I can't sing “I Believe I Can Fly”.
I sing that horrible. But I can sing “I Gotta Feeling” good. I wrote it for my capabilities. So I Gotta Feeling is just about let me make a song to inspire people to have a good time.
The only colour I see is this wonderful green and blue planet.
If you want to be a better musician, hang out with a computer coder.
I was born and raised in East Los Angeles by a single mom who had three biological kids and adopted four more. I never met my dad.