Black Eyed Peas Return to Their Roots With "Street Livin'"

12 January, 2018, 18:36 | Author: Wade Massey
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"Guns or books, sell crack or rap", will.i.am. raps on the opening lines.

Well, the collective is back on the music waves with members will.i.am, apl.de.ap. and Taboo for their new revolutionary energized single "Street Livin',"where they express their dissatisfaction with the prolonged condition of oppression that hoard "urban" communities across the world". "Listen, you can get fucked by the system, or you can say fuck the system". With this visual technique the group points out the similarities between things like slavery and the modern prison complex, terrorism and capitalism or immigration and poverty. Gun Violence. Police Brutality.

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Following its release, the group took to Twitter to share a post that is similar to the last verse of the track. Unlike more recent examples of the band, however, this song lyrically makes us think, giving us more to sink our teeth into beyond "boom, boom, pow". Stay Woke, Take Action Now.

In the Street Livin' video, a number of historical scenes are shown in black and white, with the mouths of the musicians superimposed over those of figures such as Martin Luther King Jr and Malcolm X. In it, BEP brings still images of men of color in challenging situations to life. Although they are renowned for their frantic productions and club beats, BEP has tackled political messages on tracks like "Where is the Love" in the past.

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