"Street Livin'" finds the Black Eyed Peas returning to the socially conscious hip-hop of their early days. Will.i.am., Taboo, and apl.de.ap each contribute a verse on the politically-charged track, which revolves around social issues like police brutality, immigration and the prison-industrial complex. (Fergie took a break from BEP to promote her solo music). Will told Genius
regarding the track's inspiration:
"I was watching documentaries and movies like Twelve Years a Slave
, The Help
and Straight Outta Compton
. It just hurt my soul to think about our history and then our current state, and how there's similarities. No matter how much our freedom fighters fought, we're still in this situation."