Black Eyed Peas have released their first original song in almost a decade, and you’ll want to hear the politically charged ‘Street Livin’ ASAP. But where’s Ferige?
Will.i.am, apl.de.ap and Taboo have dropped an epic protest song about gun violence, immigration policy and the criminal justice system, and while it’s missing Fergie, 42, it’s an undeniably powerful track.”They derailed the soul train and put a nightmare into every Martin Luther King,” will.i.am raps, “And private complexes are owned by the same slave masters that owned the slave trade game.” Watch the potent video, which the group debuted on Jan. 8, above.
Of course, Fergie is on a break from the Black Eyed Peas as she promotes her sophomore solo album Double Dutchess. (An uncredited female vocalist is featured in the beginning of “Street Livin.'”) Ariana Grande, 24, even stood in for the “Fergalicious” singer as the Peas performed at the One Love Manchester benefit concert in June. See pics of Fergie here.
Check out more of the lyrics to “Street Livin,'” which serves as a companion piece to the Pea’s graphic novel Masters of the Sun: The Zombie Chronicles:
Don’t push me cause I’m close to hell
The teachers in my neighborhood can hardly spell
And compare to them, prison guards get payed well
Ten years no bail is 4 years at Yale
So, forget about the statue of General Lee
Because the status of blacks are generally
Are gonna end up in some penitentiary
Systematically, that’s how they made it to be
Listen, they derailed the soul train
And put a nightmare into every Martin Luther King
And privatize prisons are owned by the same
We have the POWER to make change together.
Prison Industrial Complex. Immigration. Gun Violence. Police Brutality. These issues are critical for our families, friends, communities, and world. Stay Woke, Take Action Now. #BEPStreetLivin
— Black Eyed Peas (@bep) January 9, 2018
HollywoodLifers, what do you think of “Street Livin?”