After an eight-year hiatus, Black Eyed Peas aim to take on issues plaguing society — immigration policy, police brutality, and the criminal justice system — in their latest music video. Returning to their socially conscious and sample-heavy hip-hop roots (without Ferfie), the original trio of Will.i.am., Taboo, and Apl.de.ap each offer impactful verses on their new single, “Street Livin’.”
The video consists of black and white images of gun violence, prisoners in jail, immigrants and political protestors, as the group’s lyrics are overlapped on the mouths of the characters of each scene.
“Street Livin’” was released alongside BEP’s recently graphic novel, Masters Of The Sun: The Zombie Chronicles, which they plan to debut via a virtual reality experience at the Sundance Film Festival later this month. The VR experience will be narrated by Stan Lee and scored in part by Hans Zimmer.
To accompany the new song and music video, BEP’s website displays a manifesto in which they ask fans to take action and sign a pledge:
In a world where our most basic human rights are often ignored and the system doesn’t respect us, a just future is only achievable if we come together and use our collective power to make change.
Stay woke on the issues… Prison Industrial Complex. Immigration. Gun Violence. Police Brutality.
Black Eyed Peas, Hip Hop Caucus and i.am.angel foundation, with Black Alliance for Just Immigration, Community Justice Reform Coalition, PICO’s LIVE FREE Campaign, #SchoolsNotPrisons, The Gathering for Justice and United We Dream have come together at the intersection of injustices against the poor and people of color in this country. Join us. Sign the pledge on this page and we will send you alerts to act with us to reform our prison system, immigration, police, and guns. Then share and spread the word. #BEPstreetlivin