In the world of the Black Eyed Peas, the recession doesn’t exist, will.i.am and Bob Dylan are on the same level, Fergie is someone who should be taken seriously, and living the “good life” is the only worthy source of lyrical inspiration. “Imma Be,” which is allegedly the second single from the band’s forthcoming album The E.N.D., continues the band’s tactic of flinging relentlessly back-slapping boasts.
Its first half is threaded through a beat that’s seemingly inspired by the titular insect. But then there’s the backend of the track, which–as long as you can ignore the boasts about them being on “next level shit,” which may be true musically but certainly isn’t the case when it comes to their verbal acuity–transports shiny disco to what may actually be the year 3008. I daresay that this song taking over the No. 1 spot from “Boom Boom Pow” before the first day of summer, and not relinquish that place for far, far too long. And I kind of won’t mind too much, as long as some brave soul out there extends the last half of the track into something that stretches on forever, and kicks the group’s ever-annoying vocalists to whatever the equivalent of a curb might be out there in space.