The "Mamacita" singer discusses working on the group's upcoming album and what she's learned from Will.i.am.
After dominating the second half of the 2000s with smashes like “Boom Boom Pow,” “I Gotta Feeling” and “Imma Be,” the Black Eyed Peas are back on the charts -- first with “RITMO,” the J Balvin collaboration that has crashed the top 40 of the Hot 100, and then with “Mamacita,” which has reached No. 23 on the Hot Latin Songs chart and features Puerto Rican superstar Ozuna, as well as vibrant newcomer J. Rey Soul.
With Fergie’s departure from the Black Eyed Peas, Will.i.am, Apl.de.ap and Taboo will be leaning even more heavily on J. Rey Soul as the singer-songwriter contributes to the group’s in-the-works next album.
“It’s gonna be great,” she says says of the Black Eyed Peas’ upcoming full-length during a chat with Billboard’s Jason Lipshutz. “It’s very Afrobeat, Latin vibe, dance -- just very uplifting music, which is what we need right now at this time of our life, you know?”