AceShowbiz - Black Eyed Peas is back! After several years with no new music, the four-piece group has returned by releasing a surprise track "Street Livin" as well as its music video. Stacy Ferguson a.k.a Fergie, unfortunately, doesn't take part on the song as she is currently taking a break from the group to promote her solo album "Double Dutchess".
The black-and-white visuals finds the members' mouths being superimposed over images of prisoners, protestors and immigrants. The song itself revolves around social issues like police brutality and gun violence. "They derailed the soul train and put a nightmare into every Marthin Luther King," will.i.am raps. "And private complexes are owned by the same slave masters that owned the slave trade game." The song ends with the lyric, "You can get f***ed by the system, or you can say f**k the system."
Following its release, the group took to Twitter to share a post that is similar to the last verse of the track. "We have the POWER to make change together," they tweeted. "These issues are critical for our families, friends, communities and world. Stay Woke, Take Action Now."
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. #BEPStreetLivin9 Januari 2018
They also posted similar things on their website. "In a world where our most basic human rights are often ignored and the system doesn't respect us," they wrote. "A just future is only achievable if we come together and use our collective power to make change."
"Street Livin" is the first new song from the group in seven years. The socially conscious track is a companion piece to Black Eyed Peas' recently-released graphic novel "Masters of the Sun: The Zombie Chronicles". The group plans to launch a virtual reality experience of the novel at the Sundance Film Festival later this month. The VR experience will be narrated by Marvel creator Stan Lee.