Eight years after their last studio album, the Black Eyed Peas--now a trio of will.i.am, apl.de.ap and Taboo--have dropped a surprise new single, "Street Livin'."
The Fergie-less tune, which is inspired by will.i.am's Masters of the Sun: The Zombie Chronicles comic book, is a definite nod to the band's pure hip-hop roots, as it features the trio rapping about modern societal issues over an old-school, jazz-flecked backdrop.
“In a world where our most basic human rights are often ignored and the system doesn’t respect us, a just future is only achievable if we come together and use our collective power to make change,” the band said in a statement on their website.
In 1992 me and @apldeap was signed to @eazyeog & #RuthlessRecords in 1995 we started @bep and brought @taboo into the mix... The music we made then felt just like this...conscience and electric soul with a touch of jazz... I'm so happy to return to our roots and speak on issues that's has been plaguing our inner cities... This new @bep project starts now with #StreetLivin... This is he opposite of pop and my soul feels at peace with a fiery purpose... It doesn't matter If a billion people hear it or if 10 people hear it as long as we wake up 1 person with this message... #stayWoke and #wakeUP is the movement... #letsgo
Seriously, this is one of the best songs ever made by a band! I swear it inspired me so much and I’m so proud of my favorite singers, @TabBep @iamwill @apldeap, thank you for making this in a time where everyone around the world needs it. The message is strong. #StayWoke #BEP— Mariana Mizanin☆ (@MariMiznin) January 9, 2018