William James Adams (Will.i.am) may be best known for hit singles like "#WHEREISTHELOVE ft. Justin Timberlake, Jamie Foxx, Ty Dolla $ign, Mary J. Blige, Diddy, Cassie, Andra Day, The Game, Tori Kelly, V. Bozeman, Jessie J, French Montana, DJ Khaled, Usher, Nicole Scherzinger, ASAP Rocky, Jaden Smith and a 40-member children's choir," but music is only one avenue in which Will funnels his creative energy. He's become known as a modern day James Franco by dabbling in fashion, technology, and even building cars.
Let's take a look at some vehicles that could only spring from the visionary mind that brought us "Let's get Retarded."
This 1958 Chevy Corvette may have seemed like a good car back when FDR was in office, but these days, the lack of a touch screen console is all too obvious. Will.i.am and West Coasts Customs got to work rectifying this little issue. The Vette.i.am features an entire C6 interior, the aforementioned touch screen, a bumping sound system, and a custom grill that would make even Lil John blush. If FDR could see this car today, he'd say, "Gaaaah. I may be in excruciating pain, but that is a hip Corvette you have there Mr. William."
In the Emerald City known as Los Angeles, the Tesla Model S is a dime a dozen. You almost can't even cross the street without getting run down by the next vlogger testing out the auto-pilot feature. How is a genius Tesla owner supposed to stick out from the pack? By adding a bespoke widebody kit, of course. This car now has shaved rear door handles, making it look more like my favorite car, the Hyundai Veloster. It also features side scoops, and deep dish rims that seem to be inspired by Tron.
I've been saying this for years. The biggest problem with the Volkswagen Beetle is that it doesn't have the famous RX-7 LS3 engine up front. Will must have read my mind, because he set out to fix this glaring design flaw in 2009. After 5 years, and nearly a Million dollars, this was the finished product.
All that's left of the old bug is the windshield, and the VIN. Everything else was custom fabricated. As an artist, Will's vision is bound to change with every passing moment, and this car is an example of that. It went through countless iterations until Will had finally felt like he had thrown enough money at it.
This car is truly a mystery. Will went on the Tonight Show, and claimed it was a new vehicle built on a Chrysler platform by his fledgling company IAMAUTO. In reality, the car is a rebodied DeLorian built by West Coast Customs. This is a pretty big discrepancy, but I'm sure Will had a good reason to be so dishonest. The Delor.i.am was then impounded by LAPD after he tried to drive it around with no VIN. There has been no news of IAMAUTO for five years, but I'm hopeful that the company could take off soon.
There's one thing I can say for certain. Will.i.am will continue to penetrate every industry that he can. By 2030, you'll be putting on a Tie.i.am, lacing up your Shoes.i.am, and getting into your IAMAUTO to head into Work.i.am.