To many, Black Eyed Peas will be considered a multi-racial group but Will.i.am disagrees as he claims to be ‘hurt’ that the group isn’t considered as a ‘black’ group.
In a statement, Will said: “In 2004, Black Eyed Peas, we were just trying to get on. I’m a Black dude, but when you think of Black Eyed Peas, we go so big that…and it hurts, it still hurts a little bit that we’re not considered a Black group because we got that big.”
Then he added: “When you think of Black Eyed Peas…it’s no longer urban or Black culture, which is…it’s not good for the black community that Black Eyed Peas is not looked at as a Black group because we had international success.”
Explaining his sentiments, Will.i.am elaborated further, listing genres that were originated by the Black community but have eventually colonised, he said:
“…That should be credited to the Black community more so than letting it be adopted. That’s just a thing that we suffer from all the time. When you think of Jazz, you no longer think of Black anymore. When you think of Rock n’ Roll, you don’t think of Black anymore…I don’t know why we have that. When you think of every country, you don’t think of Black. A lot of the things that we create and we invent, we dispose of or it gets stolen from us to the point where it’s not associated to its origins.”
To be candid, Will.i.am has a point in the statement above but it is hard to agree with his opinion on the group being considered other than a black group.
Elsewhere, the group touched on the replacement of Fergie with The Voice of the Philippines season 1 finalist, J. Rey Soul, the group said: “Fergie is our sister, so even with these small connections, she’s always going to be our sister. But unfortunately, our schedule is displaced by (her) wanting to be a great mom, and she wants to focus on that. And like Will said, we support her 100%.”
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