The Black Eyed Peas lit up The Late Late Show with the hypnotic opening track from Masters of the Sun Vol. 1 , “Back 2 Hiphop” on Wednesday night (Dec. 19). The lyrics of the new song describe the trio’s return to their original late conscious 90s rap sound after a mid-2000s trip into the pop realm with longtime singer Fergie.
“Back 2 Hiphop” opened with the group — dressed in all black — standing in front of a light-surrounded triangle. Electrified horns soon blared, summoning a groovy, reggae-like beat.
The guys bopped around as will.i.am claimed the first verse: “Ring the alarm, get on the horn and inform/ Everyone from Oregon to Melbourne/ That the funk phenomenon has been reborn and transformed.”
Vocalist Jessica Reynoso slowed down the jiving to take on the smooth chorus, an interpolations of Soul II Soul’s iconic “Back to Life,” during which she sang, “Back to life, back to life,” repeatedly in her velvety voice as the boys interjected some excited ad-libs.
Watch the Black Eyed Peas power through The Late Late Show with a high-energy performance below.