The Project: US group The Black Eyed Peas talk gun control, cancer and 'Where Is the Love'

US hip-hop hitmakers The Black Eyed Peas sure know how to get the party started.

The dance-pop and alternative hip-hop quartet found mainstream success with their chart-topping 2003 album, Elephunk. The project spawned their first number one song in New Zealand and dozens of other countries, 'Where Is the Love'. 

With popular vocalist Fergie pursuing her solo endeavours, The Voice Philippines' finalist Jessica Reynoso joined the original crew - rappers, and Taboo - last year. 

The group, who originally formed in Los Angeles back in 1995, will be at Western Springs Stadium for Friday Jams this November, alongside fellow headliners Janet Jackson, 50 Cent and Jason Derulo., and Taboo had a chat with The Project on Monday's episode ahead of their return to New Zealand.

"We have a lot of great memories doing the Big Day Out with our bro, King Kapisi," said 

The Filipino-American rapper and record producer announced he is cancer-free and will hit his fifth year of remission on September 4. 

"I've been doing a lot of work with the American Cancer Society," he told The Project.

The Black Eyed Peas returned from a three-year hiatus in 2015. As a trio, they released their first album since 2010 and since Fergie's departure, Masters of the Sun Vol.1, in October last year. 

The third single from the heavily political project, 'Big Love', carried a confronting but poignant message along the album's key themes of gun violence, police brutality and race.

"The motivation behind the song is remembering that all that we are is just big love," said

"The video, our younger selves being in a horrific moment like that, [is] just trying to put ourselves in what these kids are going through in America.

"You're supposed to go to school to learn, you shouldn't be worrying about it getting shot up or the risk of dying... it's okay for officers to take children away from their parents, but it's not okay to take a gun away from kids? It doesn't make sense at all."

When co-host Kanoa Lloyd asked the trio if they had 'found the love' since the release of their 2003 chart-topper, responded with a simple question.

"Has the world found the love yet?"

The Black Eyed Peas are performing at Friday Jams on Sunday, November 17 - tickets are on sale now.

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