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Lizzo and Aidy Bryant do their best to help the Black Eyed Peas

Have you ever wondered how the Black Eyed Peas came up with lyrics like “Let’s do it” or “Go to get that”? This new one Saturday night live Sketch takes you behind the scenes of their recording session in 2008 when they recorded their hits “I Got a Feeling” and “Boom Boom Pow”. host Lizzo and Aidy Bryant, their music producers are trying to get the Black Eyed Peas (Kenan Thompson, Cecile Strong, Bowen Yang, Chris Red), but the band doesn’t take their suggestions too seriously.

Lizzo and Bryant welcome the Black Eyed Peas to their studio and ask them to play what the band has so far from their new single. Thompson as will.i.am goes on to perform the first section of their single “Boom Boom Pow,” which consists entirely of the lyrics “Gotta get that” and “Boom Boom Boom,” repeated over and over. The producers advise changing the lyrics, to which the band doesn’t respond well, as it turns out these were just the temporary lyrics the producers sent to describe the track’s beat.

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The producers try to help them respond to the “I need to get this” lyrics by asking the Black Eyed Peas to think of things they need to get, like “money or hot girls”. However, the band retaliates by continuing to say, “Got to get that, that,” before Yang yells as taboo, “You’re choking me!” Lizzo tries to redirect the group by asking where they imagine that this song is played, to which Strong’s Fergie replies that it’s the “local people”. Bryant tries to get her to specify the place and the people, but Fergie claims the song is about the people of that place. Strong’s rendition of “People in the Place” in Fergie’s voice is certainly one of the highlights of this sketch. Lizzo plays a verse for Fergie to rap on the song, which she loves except for one change: instead of saying “I’m so 2008,” she wants to say “I’m so 3008.”



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Confused, the producers decide to move on to the other song they are recording which is about the concept of “tonight”. Will.i.am suggests tonight is “going to be a good night” and the producers just roll with it. Lizzo asks each person to give an example of something they could do tonight and of course each person yells “let’s do it”. Bryant and Lizzo celebrate and say they think this song will be their biggest hit. Well, that song or the other song they’re working on that starts with “Let’s get it,” a hint that the original lyrics of “Let’s Get It Started” were actually a lot more offensive and haven’t aged well. The sketch ends with everyone chanting “Let’s do it” over and over to the track “I’ve Got a Feeling”.


This sketch was surprisingly funny and was really enhanced by the charisma and characterization of the cast. While you’ve probably never thought too much about the lyrics of Black Eyed Peas songs while enjoying them, when you actually stop and think about them, they’re extremely generic and repetitive. Lizzo and Bryant do a great job leading the chaotic Black Eyed Peas, and overall this sketch proved to be a surprise hit, as did the band itself.

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