AUDIO: Fergie’s “L.A. Love (La La)”

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The press release calls her a “global pop icon” but I wonder if she is truly global in every single country. Nonetheless, you know who Fergie is, and she is back with a new song called “L.A. Love (La La)”, and she hopes that you will la-la-la along to it too. The song was produced by DJ Mustard, so if that turns you on, you’ll want to listen.

FREE MP3 DL: Black Eyed Peas’ “Where Is The Love? (DosLambos From Nowhere Remix)”

It’s safe to say that I never wanted to hear Black Eyed Peas’ “Where Is The Love” again, but it was the song that made the group move away from the good stuff they were doing to the substandard music that finally made them rich. DosLambos felt enough for the song to say “you know, the song isn’t bad at all, let’s remix it” and this is the result. I honestly feel this is better than the original so will.i.am: be careful.

OPINION: WWw.i.a.S (What Would will.i.am. say?)


November 30th is the release date for the new Black Eyed Peas album, The Beginning, don’t expect an in-depth review of it from me. I have listened to it, and it’s embarrassing. What would will.i.am say to that? “Yeah, but now I’m embarrassingly rich.” The album is a steamy load of crap, but anyone who has heard the Black Eyed Peas for the last eight years will at least know there are people who hate what they have become. How do you become a success? “Just add white girl.” The thing is, Fergie has an incredible voice, and yet her work with BEP is shit. “Yeah, but now I’m shit rich”, well good for you. Now do better, or will you become this generation’s Sheryl Crow and Jon Bon Jovi: famous worldwide, but famous for shit? “Yeah, but I’m rich and famous”, yeah okay.

Nothing I say will change your view, but I want to address something quick. I do not like the music will.i.am has done in the last eight years, in their Fergie-era. I was down with the group for their first two albums, especially the first two, and yet critics and hip-hop fans were accusing them for dickriding the Native Tongues. Yet I felt their music was more interesting, will.i.am was doing some daring stuff in his music and truth be told, he showed a pop touch long before they made it their sole bread and butter. Not “soul bread and butter”. I really liked what will.i.am did on his first solo album, really thought he would take off towards that direction.

Now, while I am not a fan of his music, I admire his business plan. He knows what makes money and he has taken that route to the bank. It would be too easy to say “he abandoned his audience” but he might me someone who would say “audience? Half you fuckers didn’t like a damn think I did.” Anyone remember when he had his own show on MTV, and he would be in the studio with his band, jamming as if he could be the next Stevie Wonder? He was that close, but he jumped from “Fingertips Part 2” to “I Just Called To Say I Love You”, surpassing the potential to make his own versions of Talking Book, Innervisions, or Fulfillingness’ First Finale. The man is more than capable, and yet why bank on greatness when you can make great bank? Whatever formula he has chosen, it has worked, and any artist would love to be on the path he is on. To be able to influence a generation is amazing, but he’s not doing it on that level. He’s making people party and dance, and maybe in a time when it seems the world is falling apart, people need to smile and get down. BEP are the masters of a good time. It seems what will.i.am did do is take advantage of people calling them a “worldly group” with different ethnicities contained within the group. What they did is take their music around the world, they’ve become worldly for fans who could care less about ethics, issues, and integrity. It’s just “just, dance, and smile.”

I do wonder this: what would will.i.am today say to will.i.am from 1997? Would the will.i.am of yesteryear be blown away by the self who exploited himself in the future? Would the will.i.am of now look back at his younger self and tell him “you’re struggling now, but be open to change. You love a good pop song, and you can write a good pop song. You’re going to milk it, and milk it dry. When you have a chance, hang on because this ride is fucking incredible.” Would the younger will.i.am tell the older will.i.am to buzz off, because musical integrity is everything, or would the now will.i.am tell him “hey man, as Jaleel White will say, you gotta fake it to make it, even if it means dressing up like Urkel.”

In the 2010 Grammy Awards, will.i.am was in the audience and someone looked at him from the stage and said “there is no industry anymore”, and the only think will.i.am could do is smirk. What could he do, stand up and say “I make more money than most of you assholes in this room combined?” Or something like “there may be no industry, but I’m getting paid over the bullshit music everyone wants me to make”? Which leads me to two quotes:

There isn’t a music industry, just do it yourself. If you’re not Christina Aguilera or Pink or Kelly Clarkson or anyone from American Idol, you’re screwed. So try to do it yourself.” -Wendy Melvoin

No matter how carefully and assiduously and how deeply you bury shit, the American public will find it and buy it in large quantity.” -Artie Shaw

Got sprinkles?

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VIDEO: Black Eyed Peas’ “The Time (Dirty Bit)”

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will.i.am, Fergie, apl.de.ap, and the other guy have made a video for “The Time (Dirty Bit)”, offering a mixture of the lo-fi with the lo-fi, and you can view it now. If you like it and want to hear the song again, you can watch their performance on Oprah.

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VIDEO: Black Eyed Peas’ love of retro 8-bit gaming leads to modern day errors

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As the Black Eyed Peas get ready to present the world with a new album, they’ve created a video that honors the 8-bit look of their album cover. They take it back to the days of Nintendo and Commodore VIC-20, to when hip-hop simply meant rap music, and that meant Africa Bambaataa, Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, and The Cold Crush Brothers

While the video looks cool, they did miss a spelling error. Here’s a screenshot.

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In case you haven’t figured it out, the misspelled word is “missile”. I didn’t Photoshop this or manipulate it in anyway, but get the word out so that they’ll know to fix it. Also, isn’t the Fergie lyric “scud missile” and not “sky missile”? Well, maybe in this song it’s “sky” but still. Oh yes, and it’s Shaka Zulu, not “Chaka” right?

will.i.am, get your people to either use spellcheck, search Wikipedia, or call a proofreader.

SOME STUFFS: Black Eyed Peas want you to “Do It Like This!”

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will.i.am, apl.de.ap, Fergie, and the other one have released a new track from their forthcoming album due out on November 30th, called The Beginning. The album comes a week after the release of new music by Kanye West and Nicki Minaj, but it’s safe to say much of BEP’s fans have no interest in Kanye or Nicki. Either that, or it will be one of the biggest holiday seasons for music in awhile.

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VIDEO: Black Eyed Peas creates formula for audio diarrhea with “I Gotta Feeling”

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At times I wonder if will.i.am really knows how shitty his music is, or if he even cares. Does he wake up and say “damn, I got the world in my hands and I don’t even have to make good music. I can just squat, eat my bandmates lumpia and boom boom pow, people eat up my shit like hot fudge flavors.”

Yeah, that might be the case with this new track. Rearend candy for now people? You tell me.