CNBC Meets

CNBC Meets: will.i.am, part one

CNBC Meets: Will.i.am, part one
Accompanied by his mother and lifelong friend and partner Apple, Will.i.am retraces his childhood in a tough area. He explains how his stage name came about and discusses the early years of the Black Eyed Peas.

Tania Bryer sits down with Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am to discuss his route from musician to philanthropist.

Will.i.am talks to Tania about his childhood and what it was like growing up on a housing project in Boyle Heights, East Los Angeles.

The programme features an exclusive in depth interview with will.i.am's mother, Debra Cain, who talks with Bryer about what he was like as a child and the struggle and sacrifices she made in order for him to start his journey to success.

Web extras

Will.i.am: prison problem is 'embarrassing'
Will.i.am talks to CNBC about the "failure" of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program and how thousands of Americans are now in prison because of lack of opportunities in their neighborhood.
Will.i.am on 'almost losing his life'
Will.i.am recalls how he "lost his life" as a child after drowning and how it taught him to avoid doing "what you know you shouldn't be doing".
Will.i.am: label did not like 'Elephunk'
Will.i.am tells Tania Bryer that the record company "didn't think there were hits" in Elephunk and how the group decided to ignore their advice and push ahead with the album.
Will.i.am: my dream started with a canned food drive
Will.i.am reveals he started dreaming of taking his family out of his neighborhood when he was 13 after a canned food drive at his school made him realize he came from a poor background.
Will.i.am on finding his voice
Will.i.am shares a childhood anecdote in which in uncle reprimanded him for a word he used and taught him the importance of "filling your mind with words".
Will.i.am: 'shame on the music industry'
Will.i.am says that the music industry should have grown and created tools such as Napster itself, and highlights that it's now repeating the same mistakes with iTunes.
Will.i.am on being invited to the Queen's Jubilee
Will.i.am explains how being invited to the Queen's Jubilee was "emotional" and "overwhelming" as it impressed his grandmother, who remains his "Queen".
Apl.de.ap: 'we wouldn't take no for an answer'
Apl.de.ap explains where his and will.i.am's motivation comes from through sharing memories of summer jobs and hours learning everything from dancing to writing and producing.



  • Showtimes


    Wednesday 16th October 23:00 CET

    Saturday 19th October 22:30 CET

    Sunday 20th October 22:30 CET

    Friday 25th October 23:30 CET

    Saturday 26th October 22:30 CET

    Sunday 27th October 22:30 CET

  • Tania Bryer is a guest presenter and executive producer of CNBC Meets. In this series, she profiles some of the world’s most successful business people to find out what makes them tick. Bryer previously worked for BBC and Sky Television.