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Will.i.am Says 2Pac and Biggie’s Music ‘Doesn’t Speak To My Spirit’

“Had I loved 2Pac and Biggie while I was in the projects, I probably would have been stuck in the projects still.”

Will.i.am of Black Eyed Peas openly discussed his dislike of the late Tupac and Biggie Smalls’ music.

In a clip shared by The Art of Dialogue, he was asked who he preferred as an artist, stating he didn’t prefer either of them.

“Like when people say 2Pac and Biggie, I’m such a Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul head that I don’t like 2Pac and Biggie,” he explained. “That kind of music doesn’t speak to my spirit. I like Boogie Down Productions, KRS-One, I like — if it’s like 2Pac or Biggie? It’s KRS-One. Why those two?”

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He proclaimed that he holds Eric B and Rakim to the regard that many hold 2Pac and Biggie.

“If it’s 2Pac and Biggie, I don’t hold them up like that. I hold Eric B. and Rakim like that. 2Pac’s dope – don’t get me wrong. It’s not like I don’t think he’s dope. It spoke to the projects. My escape is De La [and] Tribe out the projects. It took me out the projects while I was still in the projects.”

Watch the full clip below:

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