The Black Eyed Peas are back with ‘Ring the Alarm pt.1, pt.2, pt.3’, a song that takes aim at the environment seen in many parts of modern America, condemning the systems that perpetuate poverty, violence and discrimination.
The hip hop group’s last official release was ‘The Beginning’ in 2010. Since then, singer Fergie has left the group, and a new album has failed to materialise, despite rumours of new recording sessions in 2015. It’s yet unclear whether Ring the Alarm is the beginning of a new album release for the group.
Despite Will.i.am’s foray into the celebrity talent show judge career path, which has taken up the majority of his spotlight space over the last few years, he’s back on form in ‘Ring the Alarm pt.1, pt.2, pt.3’, and his lyrics echo the sentiment of the peas first real hit ‘Where is the Love’, with a simplicity in the notion of changing the world ‘I wanna say what’s on my motherf*ckin conscience, the whole world right now is mother fucking bonkers’.
Speaking at an event to raise mental health awareness in Los Angeles, Will.i.am said about the new song: “It touches on a lot of things happening in society. Whether you’re in and out of juvenile hall, or correctional facilities, whether you’re in and out of mental facilities, it seems as if these facilities that are designed to correct are just handing out pills and not providing opportunities for those folks.”
Will.i.am continued “There’s no jobs for them to go to, or in and out of mental health and are prescribed some concoction to keep them in zombie mode,” will.i.am continued. “I know this for a fact from folks that are in my family, and the facilities are not really doing their part to help correct.”
Dan Cody is Editor-in-Chief at No Majesty.