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The Black Eyed Peas transcended hip-hop to become one of the most commercially successful pop groups of the 2000s. Their career began modestly, with a pair of albums inspired by the positive-minded likes of A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul. After adding Fergie, the group's pop instincts reached full flight. Ignited by the Top Ten hit "Where Is the Love?" and the Grammy-winning party anthem "Let's Get It Started," the group scored three multi-platinum albums in 2003's Elephunk, 2005's Monkey Business, and 2009's The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies). While still connected to hip-hop, the group's sound turned toward dance-pop -- a savvy move that transformed them from a cult act into a mainstream phenomenon.
 
The group's earliest connections go back to the early '90s, when high schoolers will.i.am (William James Adams Jr.) and apl.de.ap (Allan Pineda Lindo Jr.) were part of Tribal Nation, a breakdancing crew. Eventually the pair focused more on music and split off on their own as Atban Klann, their esoteric name an acronym for A Tribe Beyond a NationEazy-E's Ruthless Records signed the group in 1992, but many in the Ruthless camp were puzzled by the group and the enthusiasm of Eazy, who had no problem reconciling his own gangsta style with the affable, peace-minded spirit of Atban. Although an album was recorded, Ruthless shelved it, unsure how to market a group whose style wasn't dependent on violent braggadocio like that of N.W.A.

The death of Eazy-E in 1995 signaled the end of any further deals with Ruthless. Undaunted by the experience, will.i.am and apl.de.ap recruited another dancer/MC, Taboo (Jaime Luis Gómez), and reappeared as The Black Eyed PeasBEP began playing shows around their native L.A., impressing hip-hop fans with their mike skills and dazzling them with their footwork as well. In 1998 their debut, Behind the Front, was released on the Interscope label to critical acclaim -- not only for the trio of MCs, but also for their live band and backing vocalist Kim Hill. It was a modest commercial success, but it did not leave much of an impact, peaking at number 129 on the Billboard 200. BEP's 2000-issued sophomore release, Bridging the Gap, featured guest appearances from Jurassic 5's Chali 2naDe La Soul, and Macy Gray. "Request Line," a single that reached number two on Billboard's rap chart, helped the album perform significantly better than the debut.

A corner was turned soon after the addition of Fergie (Stacy Ann Ferguson). Formerly featured on the television program Kids Incorporated and a member of Wild Orchid (a late-'90s all-woman trio pitched somewhere between Lisa Stansfield and En Vogue), she replaced Kim Hill and took on a prominent role with her confident, forthright vocals. BEP's first album with Fergie, 2003's Elephunk, stormed the Top 40 with three singles -- "Where Is the Love?" (a Top Ten hit), "Hey Mama," and "Let's Get It Started." Two years later, the quartet returned with Monkey Business, which pushed BEP into the pop stratosphere courtesy of the hit singles "Don't Phunk with My Heart" and "My Humps." In the U.S., it went triple platinum. Fergie released a solo album, Dutchess, the following year. It was no slouch either, as it racked up three number one singles. The album was executive produced by will.i.am -- by that point an in-demand producer for the likes of KelisDiddyJohn LegendCiara, and Nas -- who reentered the solo game with the 2007 album Songs About Girls. Technically his third solo project, it followed a pair of adventurous, low-key affairs issued on the BBE label earlier in the decade.

After the hiatus, The Black Eyed Peas announced their return in March 2009 with "Boom Boom Pow," the first of three number one singles -- which, together, topped the charts for half of the entire year -- featured on The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies), an album released that June. They quickly followed it up, issuing The Beginning the following year. Despite a boost from Oprah, who selected the album as one of The Oprah Winfrey Show's Favorite Things for 2010, as well as a Top Ten debut,The Beginning didn't sell nearly as many copies as the group's previous work.
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| Closed on 02/22/13 at 05:00PM
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16 Fans 
6%a. 10 (Awesome band)
38%b. 7-9 (Liked them a lot)
38%c. 5-6 (They're Ok)
13%d. 1-4 (No Interest / Never heard of them)
6%e. I DO EAT VEGETABLES! - PEAS! YUCK! MAAAAA!

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#5 | 548 days ago

Timberlake sang the hook on Where is the Love, Pre-Fergie. They had to re record it with her after it blew up. 

+ Points -> Fergie's lyrics on their songs kill me. She's the worst/best EVER! I've quoted them in these threads repeatedly and will continue to do so, because all you chicken heads are two thousand and late. #fact
5-6 (They're Ok)  
  
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#1 | 548 days ago

I liked their first couple of albums...that's about it.
5-6 (They're Ok)  
#2 | 548 days ago

oh my god. my mom knows every word of "my humps" and she will sing it. other than that, there was a song that justin timberlake had a part in that i liked a lot in college. oh! and their version of mas que nada is pretty sweet.
1-4 (No Interest / Never heard of them)  
#3 | 548 days ago

ms_hippie_queen wrote:
oh my god. my mom knows every word of "my humps" and she will sing it. other than that, there was a song that justin timberlake had a part in that i liked a lot in college. oh! and their version of mas que nada is pretty sweet.
Where is the love? heart it.


Meh on them. I ALWAYS get their songs thinking I will listen to them and then I never do. Idk why, but I think they bug me after a few minutes. I will listen to Fergalicious and Glamorous though.

I'm talking Champagne wishes, caviar dreams
You deserve nothing but all the finer things
Now this whole world has no clue what to do with us
I've got enough money in the bank for the two of us
Plus I gotta keep enough lettuce to support your shoe fetish
Lifestyles so rich and famous
Robin Leach will get jealous
Half a million for the stones
Taking trips from here to Rome
So if you ain't got no money take your broke ass home

G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S, yeah
#4 | 548 days ago

I really like Fergie's husband's tweet to Merril Hoge
7-9 (Liked them a lot)  
#5 | 548 days ago

Timberlake sang the hook on Where is the Love, Pre-Fergie. They had to re record it with her after it blew up. 

+ Points -> Fergie's lyrics on their songs kill me. She's the worst/best EVER! I've quoted them in these threads repeatedly and will continue to do so, because all you chicken heads are two thousand and late. #fact
5-6 (They're Ok)  
#6 | 548 days ago
Nick__ (+)

(Edited by Nick__)
Fergie can Rock to the Beat any time she wants!  She can Rock That Body like no other.  Imma Be all cheeky and sh** when she performs! She can BOOM BOOM my POW any time she likes!






7-9 (Liked them a lot)  
#7 | 547 days ago

I love them! smiley
10 (Awesome band)  
#8 | 534 days ago

IMO this group is OVER RATED and I am not a Fergie fan at all no
#9 | 534 days ago

They're fun, if I don't listen to the lyrics. I actually like their newer stuff a lot more than when they first came out
5-6 (They're Ok)  
#10 | 534 days ago

I actually like them.  I loved the Flash Mob they did for Oprah for her final year.  I like Fergie's stuff as well.  

Put it this way, I'd 2000 x rather listen to them than anything by Nicki Minaj
7-9 (Liked them a lot)  
#11 | 534 days ago

huskerdoug2009 wrote:
I really like Fergie's husband's tweet to Merril Hoge
That's kinda douchey on Josh's part.  Merrill's career was cut short because of concussions, among other various injuries, and he played a completely different position.  But he does know what he's talking about when it comes to football.
7-9 (Liked them a lot)  
#12 | 534 days ago

Despite the fact their SB halftime show was pretty much a failure, they're still a pretty damn good band.  Oh and thanks Marcus and Ash, I now have Where Is the Love stuck in my head.
7-9 (Liked them a lot)  
#13 | 533 days ago

kramer wrote:
That's kinda douchey on Josh's part.  Merrill's career was cut short because of concussions, among other various injuries, and he played a completely different position.  But he does know what he's talking about when it comes to football.
Well, that's what Hoge gets for trolling.  Everyone in the world knew Denver was immediately a better team with Peyton, so why he had to be bringing up old schtuff?
#14 | 533 days ago

kramer wrote:
That's kinda douchey on Josh's part.  Merrill's career was cut short because of concussions, among other various injuries, and he played a completely different position.  But he does know what he's talking about when it comes to football.
In my opinion, and yes I realize I am in the minority here, most people either love or hate Tim Tebow.  That's fine, however I believe Merril Hoge goes above and beyond his job of analysis of Tim Tebow. 
7-9 (Liked them a lot)  
#15 | 532 days ago

Black Eye Peas + Fergie+ solo career= where the most memorable thing that happened was she peed her pants on national tv...ugh
5-6 (They're Ok)  

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