As promised, the Black Eyed Peas have re-released their hugely popular noughties single, ‘Where is the Love?‘.
Using the same icoonography of the red question inside a square box, the quartet appear in between a range of other artists who’ve contributed to the topically-updated track and accompanying video.
Cameos include A$AP Rocky, Jaden Smith, DJ Khaled, P. Diddy, Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg, Kendall Jenner, Justin Timberlake, Jamie Foxx, The Game, Kris Jenner, Nicole Scherzinger, Winnie Harlow, Lance Bass, User, Ty Dolla $ign and geez, so many others than we are physically struggling to keep up.
The song uses images of countries currently torn apart by war and refugees fleeing their homes, and also speaks heavily on the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement and the ongoing issue of police brutality against black people in the US (one of the people featured is Sandra Sterling, the aunt of police brutality victim Alton Sterling).
While the opening image of young asylum seeker Alan Kurdi flashing up seems a little too abrupt to perhaps be in good taste (but obviously intended to ‘shock’ the viewer into empathetic action), and the self-promotion of DJ Khaled yelling ‘LOVE IS THE KEY‘ also feels slightly off, the general sentiment of the song is just as heartwarming as it was back in 2003.
See for yourself: