The pop group recently ended a four-year hiatus by unveiling a music video for ‘Yesterday’. Released to mark their 20th anniversary, the clip pays homage to the golden age hip-hop artists and albums that inspired the group and sees members Will.i.am, Taboo and apl.de.ap – but not Fergie – browsing classic LPs in a record store, with each cover coming alive with The Black Eyed Peas filling in for the original artists.
Despite its many homages, the group have been accused of ripping of Badu’s 2007 video for ‘Honey’ which features the same concept. The Black Eyed Peas’ version even includes some of the same examples as in Badu’s clip.
Badu wrote on Twitter: “I think THE BLACK EYE PEAS borrowed my idea a Lil lol”.
Watch both videos below.
I think THE BLACK EYE PEAS borrowed my idea a Lil lol …
Yesterday by BEPhttp://t.co/ocbAiNgakJ
Honey by E BADUhttp://t.co/pzeqQWZeZE
— ErykahBadoula (@fatbellybella) July 19, 2015
The group announced their hiatus during a gig at Alton Towers in Staffordshire in July 2011. As they came onstage, Fergie told the crowd that the theme park show was “very special” as it’s the “last time we’re going to be in England for a long time”.
“We want you to know that we love you and thank you for the support you’ve given from the beginning,” she said. “This isn’t going to be the last time you’ll see us.”