Will.i.am is well aware of sexism in the music industry.
“Music is probably… it does a really good job at diminishing the power of a woman,” the musician said. “And that’s really sad. Especially hip-hop, rock — sex, drugs, and rock and roll. A woman is a resource in that sentence. It’s sad.”
Will.i.am appeared with fellow Black Eyed Peas members apl.de.ap and Taboo, who are at the Sundance Film Festival to promote their new virtual reality experience “Masters of the Sun,” at the Variety Studio presented by AT&T. There, Will.i.am explained that he was grateful to his mother for having him listen to Earth, Wind & Fire and the Isley Brothers, whose “That Lady,” with the famous refrain of “Who’s that lady?,” was a “gentle admiration of a woman.”
“If that song had to come out today, it’d be like, ‘Who that bitch?’” Will.i.am joked.