Black Eyed Peas
red devil Boom Boom Pow
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Original Translation of Slang

Will.i.am
Gotta get-get, gotta get-get
Gotta get-get, gotta g-g-g-get-get-get, get-get

Chorus
Boom, boom, boom (gotta get-get)
Boom, boom, boom (gotta get-get)
Boom, boom, boom(gotta get-get)
Boom, boom, boom (gotta get-get)

Boom, boom, boom (now)
Boom, boom, boom (now)
Boom, boom, pow
Boom, boom--

Will.i.am
I've got to get--
I've got to get--

Chorus
Boom, boom, boom * (I have got to get it.)
Boom, boom, boom (I have got to get it.)
Boom, boom, boom (I have got to get it.)
Boom, boom, boom (I have got to get it.)

Boom, boom, boom (now),
Boom, boom, boom (now),
Boom, boom, pow,
Boom, boom--

* Boom and pow are onomatopoeic words -- they are spelled the way we think they sound. Boom is the sound of an explosion, or a loud, deep drum beat. Pow is the sound of a gunshot or a punch --it often appears in comic books next to a projected fist.

Monolingual English speakers who visit this page might find it strange that this needs to be explained. However, onomatopoeic words are not universal. For example, American dogs say "woof woof," but Japanese dogs say "wan wan." Guns go "pan" in French, but "bang" in English (see below).

Will.i.am
Yo, I got that hit that beat the block
You can get that bass overload
I got that rock and roll
That future flow

That digital spit
Next level visual shit
I got that (boom, boom, pow)
How the beat bang! (boom, boom, pow)

Will.i.am
Listen, I have got that song that makes the whole block vibrate*;
The bass part is very loud.
I have got rock and roll music.
The rap from the future.

That digital rapping,
with more sophisticated visuals,
I've got the exciting rhythm.
The beat comes in loud, sudden sounds.

* Beat the Block is a 2008 song by Lil Wayne on the same subject. It includes the lyrics "the beat go boom ba-boom ba-boom."

Fergie
I like that boom, boom, pow
Them chickens jackin' my style
They try to copy my swagger
I'm on that next shit now

I'm so 3008
You so 2000 and late
I got that boom, boom, boom
That future boom, boom, boom
Let me get it now

Chorus

 

Fergie
I like that boom, boom, pow.
Those girls are stealing my style.
They try to copy the confident way I dress and behave,
But I have moved on to a new style.

My style is from 3008.
Yours is old-fashioned, from 2000.
I've got that boom, boom, boom,
That future boom, boom, boom.
Let me get it now.

Chorus

Taboo
I'm on the supersonic boom
Y'all hear that spaceship zoom
When-when I step inside the room
Them girls go ape-shit, uh

Y'all stuck on Super-8 shit
That low-fi stupid 8 bit
I'm on that HD flat
This beat go boom boom bap

 

Taboo
I'm on an airplane traveling faster than the speed of sound, and it makes a huge explosive noise when it goes past you.
You hear the fast sound of a spaceship*.
When I step inside the room,
Those girls go crazy.

You are so old-fashioned you are still using a Super-8 movie camera
and playing primitive video games from the early 1980s.
I'm on a flat high-definition television.
This beat sounds like "boom boom bap."

* Zoom is another onomatopoeic word denoting speed.

apl.de.ap
I'm a beast when you turn me on
Into the future, Cybertron
Harder, faster, better, stronger
Sexy ladies extra longer

'Cuz we got the beat that bounce
We got the beat that pound
We got the beat that 808
That boom-boom in your town

apl.de.ap
I'm like an animal when you make me feel excited.
Let's go into the future, to Cybertron, the planet of the Transformers.*
I'm harder, faster, better and stronger**,
For sexy ladies I will last longer.

Because we've got the beat that bounces.
We've got the beat that is loud and strong***.
We've got the beat of a Roland brand TR-808 drum machine
That makes boom sounds in your town.

* Transformers are fictional robot-like creatures that can change appearance and function. Originally a line of toys, they have also appeared in comic books, television and movies.

**Harder, Faster, Better, Stronger is a 2001 song by the French electronic group Daft Punk, featuring a synthesized, robotic voice similar to the ones on this song. It was sampled for Kanye West's song Stronger.

*** This is probably a reference to rapper T.I.'s 2008 song Let My Beat Pound, about a loud, bass-heavy sound system in his car. That song also references the 808 drum machine.

Fergie
People in the place
If you wanna get down
Put your hands in the air
Will.i.am drop the beat now

 

Fergie
You people who are here,
If you want to dance and have fun,
Put your hands in the air.
Will.i.am, play a good rhythm now.

Will.i.am
I be rockin' them beats (yup, yup)
I be rockin' them beats (yup, yup, yup, yup)

Here we go, here we go, satellite radio
Y'all gettin' hit with boom boom
Beats so big I'm steppin' on leprechauns
Y'all gettin' hit with boom boom

 

Will.i.am
I'm playing great beats, yes
I'm playing great beats, yes

Here we go, on radio via satellite that requires a paid subscription.
You are hearing the boom, boom.
The music is so powerful I feel like I'm on drugs*.
You are hearing the boom, boom.

* This line comes from the song Purple Pills by D-12, in which the band recounts various hallucinations they have while on drugs. Rapper Kon Artist asks his band mate Von Carlisle (a.k.a. Kuniva) " Hey, Von, you see me steppin' on these leprechauns?"

Y'all gettin' hit with boom boom
Y'all gettin' hit with boom boom

This beat be bumpin', bumpin'
This beat go boom, boom

Let the beat rock
Let the beat rock
Let the beat rock

This beat be bumpin', bumpin'
This beat go boom, boom

You are hearing the boom, boom
You are hearing the boom, boom

This beat is so loud you can feel it.
This beat sounds like "boom, boom.
"

Let the beat play
Let the beat play
Let the beat play

This beat is so loud you can feel it.
This beat sounds like "boom, boom.
"

Fergie
I like that boom boom pow
Them chickens jackin' my style
They try copy my swagger
I'm on that next shit now

I'm so 3008
You so 2000 and late
I got that boom boom boom
That future boom boom boom
Let me get it now

Chorus
 

Fergie
I like that boom boom pow.
Those girls are stealing my style.
They try to copy the confident way I dress and behave,
But I have moved on to a new style.

My style is from 3008.
Yours is old-fashioned, from 2000.
I've got that boom, boom, boom,
That future boom, boom, boom.
Let me get it now.

Chorus

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