American group Black Eyed Peas are back with a new hit single titled ‘Street Living.’
The track features all members of the ‘Boom Boom Pow’ hit-makers except lead female vocalist Fergie, thereby confirming her exit from the group.
‘Street Living’ rolls back the years to the time before the group incorporated a mixture of pop and electronic into their music. It speaks against the oppression of black people, and uses pictures of the likes of Malcom X and Dr Martin Luther King who are most famous for their fight against discrimination of the black community.
The group had their big break when they released their hit album Elephunk in 2003; which made them a worldwide sensation.
Rumours that lead singer Fergie Duhamel had left the group were officially confirmed to be true by Will.I.Am last year. “Since the beginning of Black Eyed Peas, we’ve always had amazing vocalists that appeared on the mic with us. People like Macy Gray, Esthero, Debi Nova, Fergie. On Elephunk, there were several females that appeared on that album,” said the musician known for his philanthropic ways.
“Obviously Fergie was the featured female, but on songs like ‘Let’s Get it Started,’ it’s Noelle (Scaggs), and then Fergie, songs like ‘Latin Girls,’ it’s Debi Nova, and ‘Request Line,’ it’s Macy Gray. We’ll always work with good females,” added Will.I.Am.
In 2016, it was rumored that the group would eventually get back together to release a new single. Many expected Fergie to feature based on the rumour, but with her conspicuous absence in the new release, her place in the group remains doubtful.
Despite the group missing their lead vocalist, their new single proves that they can cope with the loss and adapt.
Whether this single is the first of many to come, fans will have to wait and see.