Thirteen years after releasing their “Where is the Love?” single, the Black Eyed Peas release an updates remake of the song. The group released the video to “#WHERESTHELOVE” this week with over 60 appearances by celebrities and musicians. The video shows visuals of police officers, victims of police brutality, and air strike attacks on children in the Middle East.
Notable celebrities with lines in the song include Diddy, The Game, DJ Khaled, A$AP Rocky, Justin Timberlake, and Usher. Celebrities outside the realm of music include Kendall Jenner, Kris Kenner, Von Miller, Lindsey Vonn, and Russell Westbrook.
The update version of the song touches upon similar topics we face as a society such as terrorism, violence, and war. The 2016 version focuses is on the police with Diddy rapping “Over seas yeah they try to stop terrorism/O`ver here in the streets the police shoot the people but the bullets in them.” The song echoes the same tone as the 2003 version, asking where the love is in this sometimes-hateful world.
In a seperate video, the Blake Eyed Peas discussed the idea behind remaking “Where Is The Love”. “I remember when the Paris attack happened, people would say, we need ‘Where Is The Love?’ again,” will.i.am explained. “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.'” Heres to hoping the love returns.