It’s no doubt [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]will.i.am[/lastfm] goes hard on his newest solo track “T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever).” He performed the electro-dance track at this year’s America Music Awards and has been winning crowds over with the song since its release early last week. The hardest part, for Will, however, was getting Mick Jagger on the track, a near impossible feat he thought of after first previewing the track with executive, Jimmy Iovine.
[photogallerylink id=132538 align=left]According to will.i.am, when he first played the song for Interscope chairman, Jimmy Iovine, the first thing he asked was . “‘Yo, this is dope. Who are you gonna put on it?’,” Will says. “I’m like, ‘What are you talking about? It’s finished, it’s me.’ So, he’s like, ‘Oh, you don’t feature no one?'”
A taken aback Will then chose a target he deemed to be one of the most difficult, even impossible choices, Mick Jagger. “You play your music and the first thing someone says, ‘Who’s gonna be on it?’ So I think of the hardest thing ever,” Will continued. “And it happened, Mick Jagger. I just wanted to throw something out there that I thought could never be possible so they would stop asking me.”
The next part makes the story even more epic, especially for will.i.am. Once they had locked down Mick Jagger, Iovine revealed his fanboy status for Mick Jagger and The Rolling Stones. From there, will.i.am took the reins to make some dreams come true.
“Jimmy’s like, ‘Will.i.am, Mick Jagger and the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Rolling Stones[/lastfm] are like my [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Tribe Called Quest[/lastfm], my [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]De La Soul[/lastfm], my [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]N.W.A. [/lastfm]I wanted to be like Mick when I was young,'” Will says. Unfortunately for Jimmy, the pair never got the chance to work together. So will.i.am did what any good friend would do, he urged Iovine to come out of production retirement and produce Mick’s part for the song.
“He produced Mick’s vocals, and this was the proudest moment of my life,” Will says. “Winning a Grammy is cool, but the guy who helped you out - and then you got to see him execute one of his dreams - that’s just the dopest ever.”
Consider this dream reached. And we get an awesome song out it. Sounds like a win-win-win.