Bringing their eponymous 2017 graphic novel to life, MASTERS OF THE SUN VOL. 1 marks The Black Eyed Peas’ first album in eight years—and the first after former singer Fergie’s departure. While leaning on an old-school rap sound, will.i.am, apl.de.ap and Taboo tap into pop formulas such as “Big Love”, and “Wings” with Nicole Scherzinger. Veterans like Nas (“Back 2 Hiphop”), Slick Rick (on the mutating made-for-clubs beat of “Constant Pt.1 Pt.2”) and the late Phife Dawg (“All Around the World”) make welcome appearances throughout an album that marks new beginnings.
BACK 2 HIPHOP (feat. Nas)
YES or NO
4EVER (feat. Esthero)
CONSTANT Pt.1 Pt.2 (feat. Slick Rick)
DOPENESS (feat. CL)
ALL AROUND THE WORLD (feat. Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Posdnuos)