Fergie‘s first solo album, 2006’s The Dutchess, saw not one but three Billboard Hot 100 number 1 singles; “London Bridge,” “Glamorous,” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” Prior to that — after brief stints on television in the late ’80s and the all female group Wild Orchid throughout the ’90s — she had been part of the supergroup Black Eyed Peas, after joining rappers will.i.am, apl.de.ap, and Taboo on their 2001 album Elephunk.
It’s been all Peas for Fergie since then, although she met, married and had one son, Axl, with husband Josh Duhamel during her time with Black Eyed Peas. Fans, as rabid as they can be, have always wondered, sometimes publicly, when the singer would follow up her solo debut with a new release.
In the teaser trailer for Double Dutchess: Seeing Double, Fergie decided to include some of those communications in an effort to embrace the haters and empower herself to give her all to the new project.
Fergie revealed to 92.3 AMP Radio’s Shoboy and Nina that she was actually kind of surprised that she was able to use the negativity to her advantage.
“I’m not a negative person. I’m all about positivity and trying to exclude the negative noise like fear,” Fergie says. “So that, for me felt kind of weird — putting them out there and embracing it — and it became my fuel actually. Negative things being said brought out the fight inside of me and brought out my Rocky Balboa.”
“I don’t usually acknowledge anything negative, but I wanted to put it out there because I felt like, ‘Do people know that I’m a human being and I hear all this and I see all this?’ I didn’t even put the worst ones!”
Although there were negative undertones to some of the messages that Fergie received leading up to the new release, she does understand that there was genuine fandom and a craving for new music behind (most of) them as well.
“In this day and age, I am so blessed that people care,” Fergie laughs. “And I just really wanted to make it worth the wait. That’s why I did a video for every song. It’s a very ambitious thing and it took way longer than I thought it was going to.”
“It’s hard. You create these unrealistic schedules for yourself and you just can’t get everything done,” se admits. “Especially trying to balance family. My little Axl Jack comes first.”
“L.A. Love” was the first single released from Double Dutchess almost three years ago in September 2014. She followed that up with the sexy, tongue in cheek single “M.I.L.F. $” in July 2016. and “Life Goes On” later that same year. The album’s fourth and fifth singles “You Already Know,” featuring Nicki Minaj and “Hungry,” featuring Rick Ross hit radio on August 25th, 2017.
Fergie remembers how the idea to use Rob Base/DJ EZ Rock’s “It Takes Two” as the featured sample on “You Already Know” came about.
“Will and I, a lot of times, will just listen to old records and kind of see what gets us in the mood,” Fergie explains. “That one’s just always such a classic, and I love a good throwback. I’m always loving some old school vibe to edumucate the people! — bring ’em back, let ’em know — so then they go back and search for the samples and they discover those records.”
About that “edumucation” she was talking about, Fergie gave us a small taste:
“Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock’s ‘It Takes Two’ actually samples Lynn Collins’ ‘Think About It’ — she was James Brown’s singer — so it’s like all the generations of knowledge!”
Fergie’s new album Double Dutchess hits shelves and online retailers on September 22nd — and the visual album Double Dutchess: Seeing Double comes two days before, on September 20th. Follow @Fergie for updates!
–Joe Cingrana/92.3 AMP Radio