Where Is The Love?

1563 WordsNov 22, 20167 Pages
When the song “Where is the Love?” first debuted 13 years ago, listeners were able to easily pick up the main message behind the song without even watching the music video. The song represented the pain and frustration over the lack of unity and love in the world. The artifact I chose to analyze were the two versions of the song, one from 2003 and the other from 2016. I chose to analyze this artifact because of the social impact it created within the nation. The release of this song came at a time when no one wanted to talk about the problems that were facing the United States such as terrorism and police brutality. More importantly, the Black Eyed Peas used this song during this time of duress to start a conversation—a conversation the nation as a whole refused to acknowledge. The Black Eyed Peas are made up of four primary group members, will.i.am, apl.de.ap, Taboo and Fergie. The group launched to success when they released “Where is the Love?”, which soon became a top ten hit (Billboard). The song, which focuses around the negative problems of the world, pushed the concepts of love and peace as a solution. As someone who remembers when the song first came out, in 2003, I found it interesting to analyze the message and motivation behind both versions through a critic’s lens. The Black Eyed Peas song “Where is the love?” demonstrates the need for an answer to combat the violence and dilemmas facing the world. In the 2003 version of the song “Where is the Love?” by the
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