After nearly five years without new music, the Black Eyed Peas are back. Or more specifically, the pre-2002 Black Eyed Peas are back.
Over a beat that mixes modern-day electronic and classic boom bap, BEP's comeback track "Yesterday" is a hodgepodge of classic rap influences and samples old-school records including N.W.A.'s "Straight Outta Compton," Wu-Tang Clan's "Killa Bees," Beastie Boys' "Paul Revere" and Onyx's "Slam."
In line with the production, Will.i.am, apl.de.ap and Taboo deliver lines about the MCs that inspired them, name dropping some of those above along with everyone from Queen Latifah and Ice-T to Run-D.M.C. and Master P. It all unexpectedly premiered on Apple Music.
Notably, Fergie does not appear on the track or in the video. There have been rumors that the Peas would reunite for the 20th anniversary of their debut this year so if this the kickoff to such a celebrate it would make sense as Will, Taboo and apl founded the group in 1995 while Fergie joined seven years later.
There's no official news about a new Peas album, but in January will.i.am tweeted with CL to say "We need to collaborate with you on the new Black Eyed Peas release" and subsequent photos of the band in the studio with the K-pop superstar followed captioned with the hashtags: "#THEBLACKEYEDPEAS," "#20thANNIVERSARYALBUM" and #COMINGSOON."
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