As groups go, few have climbed the to the heights achieved by the Black Eyed Peas.
And while their success is unquestionable, member Will.i.Am says their Blackness was questioned. So much so that he bemoans that they aren’t “considered” a Black group.
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Speaking to Wyclef Jean on the Run That Back show, Will said of the group:
“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.”
He went on to flesh out his broader stance:
“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 even 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.”
The current configuration the Peas (which is actually its original line-up) is comprised of Will (who is Afro-American), Taboo (who is of Mexican heritage), and apl.de.ap (who is Filipino-American). Former member Fergie is American.
Still, it seems Will’s point veers beyond that.
So, it begs the question. What are…