Will.i.am’s work with the late Michael Jackson is music the world might never hear – unless one specific person comes asking.
The Black Eyed Peas guru began working with Jackson in 2006 and quickly formed a close bond with the King of Pop. Due to his untimely death in 2009, the final tracks they collaborated on were never blessed by Jackson, something that has kept them away from the public’s ears.
“Because we became friends, I don’t want to be an opportunist,” Will.i.am told Access Hollywood Live’s Billy Bush and Kit Hoover on Thursday when asked about his work with the late pop star.
Will.i.am has been approached about releasing the tracks, but told Billy and Kit that only one person could get him to drop their collaborations.
“Now if his mom called me and said, ‘We got to do this,’ then yes,” he explained.
Will.i.am has a new single, “T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)” featuring Jennifer Lopez and Mick Jagger, and a new album, “willpower,” on the way, but despite the group’s side projects (and persistent rumors), he says there are no plans for the Black Eyed Peas to split.
“You guys will be together forever? Billy asked.
“Yes, no doubt about it,” he emphatically said. “I know there [are] probably going to be some time lapses.”
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