The Black Eyed Peas “Yesterday”

The Black Eyed Peas “Yesterday”: Will.i.am, Apl.de.ap & Taboo formed the The Black Eyes Peas in Los Angeles in 1995. This year they are celebrating 20 years of making music and in honor they have created the song and video for “Yesterday” which is a tribute to the Golden Age of Hip-Hop. The video is super creative and features the 3 members in a record store holding up various old school hip-hop albums as they do their best impersonations. Classic artists and albums contained in the video include A Tribe Called Quest’s “Scenario”, De La Soul’s “3 Feet High and Rising”, Digable Planets’ “Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space)”, Das EFX’s “Dead Serious”, N.W.A.’s “Straight Outta Compton”, Pete Rock and CL Smooth’s “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)”, Public Enemy’s “It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back”, Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s “Return to the 36 Chambers”, and Wu-Tang Clan’s “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)”. Other referenced artists include Black Sheep, Queen Latifa, Run-D.M.C., Doug E Fresh, KRS-One and many more. They releases “Awesome” earlier this year which also did not feature Fergie, and while it is not clear if she has been dropped from the group or not I think this is the best decision they could have made to leave her out. With so many commercial songs made recently “Yesterday” brings us back to the days when they had songs like “Joints & Jam” “Request Line” w Macy Gray & “Weekend” ft. Esthero and helps us to forget the “My Humps” days. The new song and video have created a lot of buzz in the music industry and has everyone wondering what the follow up will be to their last album in 2010 “The Beginning”.

Johnny V

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