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Will.i.am

I Build My Ugly Cars ...

To Teach Kids Science

2/26/2013 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Will.i.am
has a damn good reason for building his hideous expensive cars -- like his new $900,000 Dick-Tracy-from-the-future jalopy -- telling TMZ, it's ALL FOR THE CHILDREN ... in order to teach them science ... or whatever.

We asked Will about the new ride -- recently spotted around town -- and he tells us, "I built the car for a project that I'm doing in inner cities. I round up a whole bunch of people who are qualified to teach kids science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. And through the course, they build vehicles."

He adds, "So I have to build different types of vehicles that can be used in a tutorial. That's the only reason that I build cars ... to invest in tools so kids today can have the skills for tomorrow."

Too bad it's impossible to build a car for less than $900,000.
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16.

Mrugowsky    

Good for him.

575 days ago
17.

U.S. Anti-Drug Think Tank     

Science in Europe Europe is finding horse meat in everything because they are testing for horse DNA. Pls don't say, they will test for human DNA! If they do, don't tell us. Some things are just too nasty. GAG!!!!

575 days ago
18.

Bridget    

I saw him talking about this on Graham Norton. He has put 7 mil into it. Anyway, I'm not a fan of the guys music, but kudos to him for investing the time and money.

575 days ago
19.

Rob    

What's up with Will-i-am? I thought he was different? Has he lost it? Where's the generous straight-shooting Will-i-am? I must be missing some pieces. Never heard as much BS in my life.

575 days ago
20.

Truth    

OH PULEEEEEZ... TMZ ARE SUCH SHEEP!! I CALL BULLSH*T ON HIS STOOPID SCHEME. DUDE IS BUILDING THE CARS FOR HIMSELF. THERE ARE NO "KIDS", "TEKKIES", ET AL. ANOTHER FAMEWHORE PR MOVE. YOU TELL ME TAKING KIDDIES TO REAL CAR COMPANIES CANT ACCOMPLISH THE SAME THING?? HIS RAP CAREER IS DONE. #TRUTH!!

575 days ago
21.

Enlightened    

Since TMZ fancies itself as some sort of "journalistic" enterprise, the next time you get hold of one of these celebrities how about asking some tough questions, rather than just telling them how "awesome" they are. For instance, you could have asked the following: "Are you saying that you are essentially using these kids to provide free labor? After all, YOU are the only one who gets to keep the end product. What, exactly, are they getting in return? Also, most of these kids are at a disadvantage in school because they lack their own computers, and are way behind in basic English and math skills (the things that truly keep most of them out of the job market). Do you think a small portion of that $900K might benefit MORE kids if you donated several hundred laptop computers to the poorest among them, then established an after-school tutorial program to teach them how to budget their time and study productively (skills that most of them have never learned). Finally, what about setting up 529 college plans for those students who work hardest and show the most improvement after receiving one of your donated computers? While these projects would not result in YOU getting a new car, but they WOULD actually help the kids to a far greater extent than if they just keep providing free labor for you, Mr. Will.i.am."

And perhaps he IS doing some of those things already (many of us who can afford to do so are setting up 529 plans for deserving, needy students), but why not ASK him pertinent questions when you have the opportunity, rather than just being starstruck and repeating the word "awesome."

575 days ago
22.

Ty    

Inner city kids what? But its been reported the car has been build by some modding shop. And Will was so freakin demanding and kept changing what he wants while also, after 2 years of constant changes, giving them a few weeks time to finish for a car show. They gave up and shipped the car to, I think West coast Customs (the MTV one I believe), who then said "no prob." and again lol, after 2 weeks said F*ck this dude, he is nice guy and all but again, he kept changing and demandind stupid cr*p because he knows nothing about cars. And after years and 900k it was finished. (no for the c. show, only the outside, 80% then).

575 days ago
23.

DudeLebowski    

What a brain-dead loser. Instead of wasting almost a million dollars on some POS custom car to take to ghettos to show kids, why doesn't he start a college education fund or donate the money to inner city charities? What a dumbass....

575 days ago
24.

nipples mugee    

Bullcrap. If you want to help kids take the 900k and help a few kids get through college .. Just another greedy f*ck trying to look good in the public eye. And their music su%ks..

575 days ago
25.

Don    

900,000 for a car, but he's doing it for the kids.
900,000 would put 9 kids through a four year college

Now that's doing it for the kids
or in the ways of Will Iam not
"or whatever"
Anyone feeling his sincerity yet

575 days ago
26.

Cat    

Uh.....Here's a thought why not give the money your spending on these "ugly" cars to the kids & their schools for improved education? Just a thought......

575 days ago
27.

Bolivar    

That latest car is anything but ugly. The lines are original and beautiful. In a 30s gangster kind of way...

575 days ago
28.

pat    

There's no way in hell this car is worth 900K.


It's nothing but a souped up kit car.


If he paid that, he got ripped off


And if that's what he's charging for it, he's a crook.


The only good thing is involving kids for the project.

575 days ago
29.

Justice    

First, let me say how pleased I am that he found some good use for the proceeds to his "SANDY HOOK RAP SONG"...

As far as using these cars for his non-profit as a audio-visual...I have 2 words...

TAX DODGE!

575 days ago
30.

KicksandGiggles    

Bunch of self serving lying crap. Why not just give the school $900K and let them put it to REAL use! It doesn't take $900K to teach a science lesson. This moron needs to ask a science teacher!

575 days ago
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