Top 20 Hot 100 Songwriters, 2000-Present

35 Billboard Rating

WILL.I.AM FEAT. MICK JAGGER & JENNIFER LOPEZ
"T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)" (4:47)
Artist: Will.i.am Featuring Christina Aguilera and Mick Jagger
Producers: Will.i.am, Audiobot, Dallas Austin
Writers: William Adams, Kenny Oliver and Dallas Austin
Publishers: various
Interscope

Pop fans know to expect a mixed bag when listening to Will.i.am's solo material. On the first sampling from his upcoming 2012 solo album, "#willpower," the Black Eyed Peas MC/producer extraordinaire takes the cross-genre VIP collab model to dizzying new heights. With "Moves Like Jagger," Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera proved a what well-placed Mick Jagger reference can do on the charts; Will.i.am goes one better by recruiting Jagger himself, who rap-sings lines like "Hard like geometry and trigonometry, this is crazy, psychology" over a "Boom Boom Pow"-style beat. The concept sounds crazy, but Will.i.am is the perfect studio whiz to oversee the commotion. The master of ceremonies adds to the fun by referencing "Back To The Future" to the Wu-Tang Clan to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in his opening verse. With the track debuting in grand fashion at the 2011 American Music Awards, Will.i.am's first solo effort in five years could well become his most successful.

Return To Reviews Main Page

Questions? Comments? Let us know: @billboard

Print