The Black Eyed Peas frontman talks about his mortgage relief company and working with Bono of U2 on the group's upcoming LP.Having already conquered music and movies, Will.I.Am is now taking on the current mortgage crisis, one family at a time. The Black Eyed Peas frontman recent launched his i.am.home Mortgage Relief Program, a business dedicated to supporting homeowners facing foreclosure on their houses and helping the unemployed persons find jobs. Although will.i.am explains that not all cases end as happily as most would hope, he says that he expects the company to make a difference in many peoples' lives.
"I rescue families who are losing their homes because they have no jobs and they can't pay the mortgage and the banks are foreclosing on their homes," he said. "All the people we help are debt free, they don't have to pay me back, but we've had some hiccups. There was one lady whose home we rescued and we found her a job at a hospital. Then she didn't show up to work on her first day and got fired." (AllHipHop.com)
Yet helping to alleviate the strains of the economy isn't the only task the super-producer has on his plate. Irish rock group U2 recently enlisted Will.I.am to produce their next as-of-yet untitled album. will.i.am explained what is was like to work with the legendary rock group and how U2 frontman Bono inspires him.
"Just being around Bono and the guys is inspiring," he said. "It's like how a government should be. Bono for president of the world, I say…there's only one type of music and that's good music, no matter what genre it is. Bono is one of those guys who sees it that way and there's no right or wrong. There are no rules once you lift the veil off." (AllHipHop.com)
He later added, "I went to Bono's house for lunch and George Clooney and Cindy Crawford were there. I played some of the songs we'd been working on together and everyone was blown away. They all left the finger food to come and hear." (AllHipHop.com)