I WOKE UP
GET LOOSE NOW
No matter how long they’ve been out of the spotlight, nobody should ever have underestimated the hitmaking machine known as the Black Eyed Peas. Putting aside 2018’s MASTERS OF THE SUN VOL. 1—a low-key project that revisited the group’s hip-hop roots without facing the commercial pressure of following up 2010’s presumed farewell The Beginning—this multilingual comeback effort revives their maximalist dance-floor appeal with some help from a fresh set of contemporary stars. With Fergie out of the picture, the majority of the vocal guests here come from Latin America, dutifully representing the reggaetón and Spanish-language pop boom of the moment. The massively successful throwback single “RITMO (Bad Boys for Life)” aligns them with global superstar J Balvin, while Dominican dembow sensation El Alfa brings his signature energy to the throbbing “NO MAÑANA”.