in Eastside Los Angeles, and was raised in the Estrada Courts housing projects in the Boyle Heights neighborhood, where he and his family were among the few African Americans living in a predominantly Hispanic community.who encouraged him to be unique and to avoid conforming to the tendencies of the other youth in his neighborhood on the east side of Los Angeles.To encourage his musical career, she sent him to public schools in affluent West Los Angeles.
While still in high school, Adams and Pineda performed in East L. clubs and were soon joined by three other entertainers to form the socially conscious rap group, Atban Klann. In an article with Los Angeles Times, he mentions that secrecy over the whereabouts of raves is what made raving special, and different from the mainstream.
Atban Klann caught the eye of Compton rapper Eazy-E and was signed to his label, Ruthless Records in 1992. He later said his history with rave culture is why he chose a more electro sound for The Black Eyed Peas' albums The E. will.i.am's music career began in the summer of 1988, when as an eighth-grader, he met up with fellow rapper Allan Pineda (ap) and fellow student Dante Santiago.
They began performing together around Los Angeles and were soon discovered by rapper/entrepreneur Eazy-E, who signed them to his label Ruthless Records in 1992. The Atban Klann's first ever official track, "Merry Muthafuckin' Xmas", was included on Eazy-E's EP 5150: Home 4 tha Sick.
After this, the trio began recording an album, "Grass Roots", with the help of producers Mookie Mook and DJ Motiv8, however, the album was never released, due to Eazy-E's death in 1995.
After Eazy's tragic death, Atban Klann changed their name to the Black Eyed Pods, and Will replaced Dante with Jaime Gomez, better known under his stage name of Taboo.
In 1997, they once again changed their name, this time to The Black Eyed Peas, and began recording their first album, Behind the Front, with the help of soul singer Kim Hill.
They were soon signed to Interscope Records, and released their debut single, "Joints & Jam", in early 1998.
The album was successful enough for the group's contract to be renewed, and in 2000, a second album, Bridging the Gap, was released.
The court heard that Highton (pictured as a boy), who had already survived one machete attack in 2013, was hacked to death with knives, machetes, an axe and a sword, with one blow severing his jugular Arron Graham, 23 (left), Stephen Walton, 24 (centre), and Craig Walton, 26 (right), were all jailed for life for murder.
Graham was given a minimum of 29 years, while the Waltons were given 26 years each Whitesmith, who referred to friends as 'G' in texts, meaning 'gangster', sent text messages to 23-year-old Arran Graham saying: 'Are you going to come and do something with me today because all the boys are p******?
What soldiers have we got'One woman witness who came forward told of the gang amassing weapons sand said: 'They were like, "Jon-Jo will get what's coming to him" then all of a sudden my neighbour texted me one Sunday morning, saying "Jon-Jo's dead."Bore's brother Liam Tunstall, 26, of Preston got seven years, John Wilding, 36, of Darwen got four years and Stuart Eastham, 32, of Ribbleton got three years after each were convicted of assisting an offender.