By Amanda Wicks
The world is getting closer to new music from Fergie. The singer has released a teaser of her upcoming music video “Hungry (1st Byte).” Like the brief snippets she teased on Instagram in May, the black and white video combines stark natural images (think doves and snakes) with a short-haired Fergie rapping.
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“To say it’s complicated, understatement of the year/ Well maybe conflict made it the new flavor in your ear/ They know that I’m a problem, that’s why everybody scared/ Whatever doesn’t kill you, can make you an ill-ionaire,” she raps in the verse she released.
The video differs from the playful fare Fergie has released in the past, and shows off a stronger aesthetic vision that in many ways reflects Beyoncé’s Lemonade. Although Fergie’s not claiming any direct influences, it’s difficult to watch “Hungry (1st Byte)” and not think about Bey’s visually complex and rhythmically diverse HBO special. Between the rhythmic editing and the video’s strong emotional quality, Fergie seems to have taken a page out of Beyoncé’s book.
Fergie released her debut solo album The Dutchess in 2006. She announced she is working on her second studio album, but that project’s name and release date has yet to be announced.
Watch “Hungry (1st Byte)” below.