“Yesterday” is Exactly Where The Black Eyed Peas’ New Video Belongs

I woke up Saturday morning in L.A. with the thundering sounds from the freaky rain storm. Per customary wake up routine for pretty much everybody nowadays, you’re basically like, “F*ck it I’ll just get my ass out of bed and look at Instagram.” Some folks posted a new music video from The Black Eyed Peas and I immediately thought, “Oh, they trying to surprise us with new music like Beyonce now?” For most of the people that posted the song, they actually gave a lot of praise. So I opened my laptop and needed to see this video in full screen. After the video finished, I was compelled to unfollow these people on my feed.

Noisey said it best when they called it a “Hip-Hop Blashphemy”. What international music group would create a five minute song with classic hip-hop samples? Ok, it’s a dope concept actually, but this type of tribute belongs on a hip-hop festival by a rap collective who would receive daps for their ode to classic hip-hop joints. And although The Black Eyed Peas started with funky hip-hop beats and received urban mass appeal, their past three albums were a big disappointment to early fans such as myself. “Weekends” featuring Esthero was and still is my Friday night groove joint and I’m hopeful for the return of that sound from BEP.

Speaking of which, what happened to Fergie? Actually nevermind, I don’t really care. Who’s that new guy? Hoping he’s a new emcee and not another DJ spinning extra EDM beats for BEP.

Watch the video for “Yesterday” above and judge for yourself though. It’s hard not to nod your head with these classic hip-hop heavy samples, but then think about how they also made “My Humps” and “Boom Boom Pow”.

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Marc Mangapit

Editor and freelance writer from Los Angeles. Pizza hunter and burger snob. He misses the old Kanye, the "I can't even go to the grocery store without some Ones that's clean and a shirt with a team" Kanye.

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