Back in 2015, The Black Eyed Peas revisited the sound of their first two albums — 1998’s Behind the Front and 2000’s Bridging the Gap — for the throwback-styled video, “Yesterday.” With Fergie taking the time to work on her first solo album in 11 years, 2017’s Double Dutchess (fueling rumors that she split from the group), the remaining three — will.i.am, apl.de.ap and Taboo — began work on their seventh studio album and first since 2010’s The Beginning.
The BEPs have now released their first single in over a year, “Street Livin’.” Once again, they eschew the oriented sound that propelled them to over 60 million album and singles sales and revisit their early-career neo-Native Tongue revivalist days for “Street Livin’.” A socially conscious effort, the Peas speak on the communal ills plaguing the world today. “We have the power to make change together,” the group says. “Prison Industrial Complex. Immigration. Gun Violence. Police Brutality. These issues are critical for our families, friends, communities, and world. Stay Woke, Take Action Now.”
The video can be seen below.