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Black Eyed Peas Call Out Lack of Support For Activism in Music Industry

Where is the love?

The Black Eyed Peas have been there, done that. They’ve sold an estimated 76 million records, they’ve won six Grammys, played at President Obama’s inauguration in 2009, and the Super Bowl in 2011.

Is there really much left for them to do?

According to a recent Forbes article, the only thing left for the L.A. superstars to achieve was making the music and content they felt passionate about.

The Peas are used to doing just that. Remember “Where Is The Love?”

The Peas even recently put out a powerful anthem titled, “Street Livin’” (see below). The anthem is a look at racism and poverty currently in America. Below the video, on YouTube, they even promote the change they made the song about.

“We have the POWER to make change together: Prison Industrial Complex. Immigration. Gun Violence. Police Brutality. These issues are critical for our families, friends, communities, and world. Stay Woke, Take Action Now. For more information on these issues, please visit: http://baji.org/http://communityjusticerc.org/http://www.livefreeusa.org/http://schoolsnotprisons.vote/http://www.gatheringforjustice.org/https://unitedwedream.org/http://hiphopcaucus.org/http://iamangelfoundation.org/.”

During an interview with Variety, the Peas spoke about sexism in the music industry, the #MeToo movement, and criticized the lack of activism in music right now.

“Music is probably… it does a really good job at diminishing the power of a woman…And that’s really sad. Especially hip-hop, rock — sex, drugs, and rock and roll. A woman is a resource in that sentence. It’s sad.”

Taboo chimed in as well, “It’s sad that, in this day and age of music, we don’t have a huge support for activism like we used to. “In the ’60s, everybody was trying to make a statement with their music. It seems more athletes are standing up for causes than actually in the music industry.”

The Peas were in town this past weekend (Jan. 22nd) for the Sundance Film Festival and they talked about The Time’s Up movement in conjunction with the Women’s March. According to Will.i.am, the movement “should have happened a long time ago.”

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