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|Birth name||William Adams|
|Also known as||Willy Northpole|
February 22, 1980 |
|Origin||Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Occupation(s)||Rapper, actor, songwriter|
|Years active||2007 - present|
|Labels||Disturbing tha Peace
|Associated acts||Ludacris, Ne-Yo, B.o.B., Young Buck, The Game|
William Adams (born February 22, 1980), professionally known as Willy Northpole, is an American rapper who is signed to Disturbing Tha Peace Records. He released his first album, Tha Connect in June 2009. He is from Phoenix, Arizona.
Willy Northpole was born William Adams on February 22, 1980, in Phoenix, Arizona. A flood that day forced him to be born in a helicopter, which also gave him his first nickname, "Helicopter Baby".
Music has always been a part of Willy Northpole's life. Growing up a Michael Jackson fan, he was influenced early on by rap pioneers such as Kool Moe D and Too Short. Once his mother noticed her son's abilities as a performer she began entering him in talent shows on Phoenix's south side. While he was entering talent shows his father was on the streets; addicted to crack. During this time it was not unusual for Willy to see drug dealers in and around looking for his father. In search of a male role model, Willy began following his cousin Walter "Salt" Morison, who was a known member of Broadway Gangsta's, a gang associated with the blood gangs of Phoenix. On August 23, 1992, Morison was shot 21 times and killed. After that, Willy's life began a downward spiral when he joined the Broadway Gangsta's and began selling drugs, with his own father as one of his top clients. Not long after, Willy was kicked out of South Mountain High School, arrested for armed robbery, and sentenced to almost 3 years in a youth detention facility/jail, where he would serve time from the age of 15 until he turned 18 years old.
Upon his release at the age of 18, Willy Northpole set out to enter the music industry. Splitting his time between working and the recording studio, Willy began writing rhymes about his experiences and the world around him. After recording the song "Garbage Disposal", which became a local hit, Willy Northpole hooked up with a rival local emcee named Hot Rod. At the time, Hot Rod was being pursued by G-Unit and asked Willy to come along as his right-hand man. Willy then reconnected with his childhood friend Tiffany J., a one-time Power 92.3 on-air personality now turned producer and artist manager under Blue Williams at Family Tree Entertainment.
In 2007, he signed with Disturbing Tha Peace / Def Jam, becoming the only rap artist signed with the label from the western United States. He was also the only rapper signed with major distribution that was born and raised in Phoenix. In 2012, Willy Northpole left Disturbing Tha Peace.
Willy has recorded with rappers and producers including Ez Elpee, Shondrae of Bangladesh productions, Trak Starz, Heatmakerz, Reefa, and Nitti.
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