Where is the love for the Black Eyed Peas? Imma be hard pressed to find it without Fergie.
In a recent interview with UAE celebrity magazine Ahlan! Black Eyed Peas officially confirmed that Fergie is no longer a part of the hip-hop trio—an announcement that you probably thought happened in 2009.
It’s been five years since the Black Eyed Peas released anything new, so the announcement isn’t too surprising. In the meantime, Fergie’s solo work has gotten the singer much more attention. Last year, she made waves with the release of her single “M.I.L.F. $” featuring fellow celebrity moms like Chrissy Teigen, Kim Kardashian, and Ciara.
Throughout her 15-year tenure with the band, Fergie’s vocals were featured on some of their biggest hits like “Where Is The Love?,” “Imma Be,” or the iconic “My Humps.” But according to will.i.am, Ferg is just one of many “females” the Black Eyed Bros have featured.
“[We’ve featured] people like Macy Gray, Esthero, Debi Nova, Fergie,” will.i.am told Ahlan! “On ‘Elephunk,’ there were several females that appeared on that album. Obviously Fergie was the featured female, but on songs like ‘Lets Get it Started,’ it’s Noelle Scaggs, and then Fergie. Songs like ‘Latin Girls,’ it’s Debi Nova, and ‘Request Line,’ it’s Macy Gray. We’ll always work with good females.”
Will.i.am also confirmed that Nicole Scherzinger, the former Pussycat Dolls lead singer, is up next in the Black Eyed Peas’ binder full of females.
“Nicole is on the new BEP project as well,” will.i.am. said. “I don’t want to go into details how she’s involved yet.”
The group’s three original members, will.i.am, Taboo, and apl.de.ap, confirmed that they’re working on a new project called Masters of the Sun.
The album reportedly includes the release of a new hip-hop graphic novel called Black Eyed Peas Present: Masters of the Sun: The Zombie Chronicles. I gotta feeling this project should be an interesting return to the scene.
“As for replacing what people know the Black Eyed Peas to be, nobody is replacing Fergie,” will.i.am said.
Plus, it doesn’t seem like Fergie is having much trouble moving on. She’s too busy being a hot mom and “working on the low.”