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Music Video: Black Eyed Peas - Boom Boom Pow

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Fergie had stated at an interview on The Insider that the music video would be shooting the week of March 8, 2009. The making of the video was released by MTV on April 8.

In an interview to MTV, it was said that "... the concept of the video is the Peas' birth into the digital afterlife," Fergie said. "So the transformation is us going into a sort of birth or cocoon and coming out the other end as forms of energy. It's a parallel to the music industry. Now everything is downloaded." Group member will.i.am stated the video was inspired by how digital the world has become and hopes the video portrays "what it would be like if we were actually in the computer, if art was fused in it," he said. "[It's] analog life from a digital perspective. Becoming technology." The music video was directed by Mathew Cullen and Mark Cudsi. The video premiered on Dipdive on April 18, 2009 and was released on iTunes on April 24, 2009.

The video is set in the year of 3008, portraying "how it would be like if we actually lived in computers". This concept was based in a line of the song, in which singer Fergie states "I'm so 3008 / You so 2000 and late". The video starts with Taboo flicking through pictures on a HP TouchSmart, he selects the image of a mushroom cloud. As the singing starts, images of computer icons and random computer code and some ASCII art of "THE END" are flashing in the background. The Black Eyed Peas are then seen singing their verses of the song. While this is happening, dancers are seen in striped zentai suits, dancing to the song, and negative images are turned into positive images. e.g. the mushroom cloud turns into a tree swing, the grenade into a microphone, a gun into a trombone and a nuclear barrel played as a drum. The video also features the face used on the album cover miming along to various lyrics; the face was designed as an amalgam of all four band members' facial features. Much of the imagery in the video is a homage to Rebecca Allen's 1986 video for the Kraftwerk song Musique Non Stop.

The video was meant to go the full song but they cut it to 3:29.

The video received a nomination for the 52nd Grammy Awards in the category of Best Short Form Music Video.

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