CNBC Meets

CNBC Meets: will.i.am, part two

CNBC Meets: Will.i.am, part two
Will.i.am talks about his commitments outside of music, including his many philanthropic projects such as the i.am.angel Foundation and the work he is doing with the U.K.'s Prince's Trust.

In the second part of this episode, will.i.am discusses his music career and the challenges and success achieved with The Black Eyed Peas.

Tania Bryer speaks with will.i.am's childhood friend apl.de.ap for further insight into one of the most iconic music artists of his generation.

Will.i.am also tells Bryer about why inner-city philanthropy and education is so important to him and why he started the i.am.angel Foundation which works with underprivileged young people.

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.