Will.i.am isn't enjoying any downtime while his group is on hiatus. The Black Eyed Peas frontman enlisted the help of friends from outside his famously successful Los Angeles-based group for his fourth solo album and first in six years.
But he said he ran into resistance from his record label, who weren't sure he could achieve Peas-level sales on his own.
"I started working on #willpower for about two, two-and-a-half years," he said. "And when you're in a group like the Black Eyed Peas and you're successful, a lot of times, the company that you're with wants you to do just that.
“They don't see that you can be successful outside of that. So I had to do #willpower all by myself -- fund it, pay for it."
The 38-year-old producer-rapper-singer says he feels pressure to perform outside the multiple Grammy-winning Peas.
"There's a lot at stake. You don't succeed, you mess up your group. You don't succeed -- it's hard to succeed when your group has succeeded so much," he said.
"So it's been a hurdle. But I'm proud of this record, especially all of the orchestral stuff that I did in Prague. Working with Henry (Walter) and the 80-piece Czech philharmonic."
Will.i.am includes plenty of full-sounding electronic-created beats on the album, which includes appearances from Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, Chris Brown and more. Click on the video above to find out more about his work with the collaborators.