Over the course of his career, rapper, producer and Black Eyed Peas mastermind will.i.am has collaborated with some of the biggest stars in music, including Mary J. Blige, Carlos Santana, Justin Timberlake, Diddy, Usher, U2 and even Michael Jackson. Next week, one of his biggest productions will finally hit the street after nearly a year of preparation. Next Monday (September 27), the 41st season of “Sesame Street” will kick off with a performance of “What I Am,” a song by will.i.am featuring a cavalcade of Muppet superstars (including Elmo, Big Bird, Bert and the Count). MTV News was there to observe the shooting of the segment, and when Tim Kash sat down to talk to the rapper and collaborator Grover, the bluest Muppet gave will.i.am a lesson in getting funky.
“Grover taught me how to count when I was a little pea,” will.i.am told Kash. “And Michael Jackson taught me how to dance.”
“I can dance too,” Grover said. “I can teach you a couple of moves.”
After warming up a bit and encouraging the rapper to take notes, Grover busted into a series of moves that were … interesting, to say the least.
“You can have that,” Grover told will.i.am. “You do not even have to credit me.”
Always thinking musically, will.i.am took the ball and ran with it. “That’s hot. That would be a dope song,” he told Grover, immediately busting out some beatboxing and laying down a beat for Grover’s manic “wuppa wuppa” dance (and wouldn’t you know, it sort of sounded like a hit in the making). Further proof that there are few things that will.i.am can’t spin into hip-hop hybrid gold.