Let’s gather round and spread the love.
Seeing as how the world has been going through some hard times – natural disaster, terrorist attacks, and the mass shootings – has got the Black Eyed Peas questioning, once again, “Where is the love?”
The BEP members – will.i.am, Fergie, apl.de.ap, and Taboo – have reunited to record a completely updated version of their 2003 smash hit “Where is the Love?” Using the identical iconography of the red question inside a square box, the new somber arrangement sees the quartet joined by over 60 celebrities.
The host of artistes featured on the track includes DJ Khaled’s spoken wisdom, great vocal runs from Mary J. Blige and Jessie J, as well as a joint verse from A$AP Rocky and Jaden Smith. Justin Timberlake, Diddy, Usher, Jamie Foxx, The Game, Tori Kelly, Ty Dolla $ign, Nicole Scherzinger, and Andra Day are also present to lend their voices.
In addition, other guests like Kendall Jenner, Kris Jenner, Vanessa Hudgens, Snoop Dogg, Lance Bass, Rosario Dawson, Shailene Woodley, and LL Cool J also appear in the clip.
— Black Eyed Peas (@bep) September 1, 2016
The black-and-white music video displays imagery of countries currently being affected by war and refugees being forced to flee from their homes.
The visual also highlights the “Black Lives Matter” movement and the continuous brutality of police against black people (family members affected by gun violence like Alton Sterling’s aunt and Philando Castile’s mother are also featured here).
Here’s what will.i.am had to say about the “Where is the Love?” remake:
“I remember when the Paris attack happened, people would say, we need ‘Where Is The Love?’ And then Belgium happened. And then Turkey, and then Orlando, and then Philando, and Alton before him, and then Dallas. Everyone was calling on us, like, ‘we need that song again.’ I hope this song inspires the millennials to go all out. Scream from the tallest mountain. Care like your freedom depends on it. Pay attention like that is at risk.”
Watch the heartfelt visual below:
13 years later and this meaningful song still pulls our heartstrings doesn’t it?