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Formed: 1995 in Los Angeles, CA
Years Active: 90 's, 00's
Genre: RAP

Positive messages and breakdancing are integral parts of hip-hop culture, but by 1990 those elements had been temporarily eclipsed by the tough gangsta image and bleak but compelling lyrics of West Coast groups like N.W.A. However, despite sharing a zip code, Black Eyed Peas' vision goes beyond the cracked-sidewalk vignettes and sampled gunfire of Los Angeles' gangsta style. The socially conscious group's earliest connections go back to high school, when will.i.am and apl.de.ap were part of Tribal Nation, a breakdancing crew. Eventually the pair focused more on music -- hip-hop, specifically -- and split off into their own as Atban Klann, their esoteric name an acronym for A Tribe Beyond a Nation. Eazy-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 peace-minded breakdancing 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 N.W.A.

The death of Eazy-E in 1995 signaled the end of any further deals with Ruthless. Undaunted by the experience, will and apl recruited another dancer/MC, Taboo, and reappeared as Black Eyed Peas. BEP began playing shows around 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 to critical acclaim -- not only for the trio of MCs, but for their live band and backing vocalist Kim Hill as well. Featuring guest appearances from Jurassic 5's Chali 2na, De La Soul, and Macy Gray, BEP's sophomore effort, Bridging the Gap, was released in 2000. The group's third album, 2003's Elephunk, featured a new member (Fergie, who replaced Kim Hill) and became their biggest hit yet, storming the Top 40 with three singles ("Where Is the Love?," "Hey Mama," "Let's Get It Started"). Two years later, the quartet returned with a heavily crossover date, Monkey Business, which pushed them into the stratosphere courtesy of the hit singles "Don't Phunk with My Heart" and "My Humps." Fergie released a solo album, Dutchess, in 2006. It was executive produced by will.i.am who released his own solo album, Songs About Girls, in 2007. Two years later, the hit single "Boom Boom Pow" announced the group's return for The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies). Wade Kergan, All Music Guide
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Genre:  Pop
MembersFergie, will.i.am
AlbumsElephunk (New Version) [Edited] by Black Eyed Peas, The Black Eyed Peas: The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies), Black Eyed Peas: The Beginning
Label:  Interscope, A&M
Years Active:  1995–present
Country:  Los Angeles, California, United States
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Quick Tip by . June 15, 2010
from 10 to 100, you gotta love this group.
review by . November 16, 2009
   I have not all the Balck Eyed Peas' albums but this group is fantastic. I love the  songs' sounds because BEP is a music band in constant revolution. Their songs are a new music proposition when I hear songs from them I feel like dancing and I don't feel reason for to be sad. Human rights,respect for differets cultures, look South America,know that there are more things in the South that not everything is Nort America BLACK EYED PEAS IS A DIFFERENT BAND. …
review by . May 28, 2009
I remember the very first video I saw of BEP.  It was Joints and Jam and I thought they were crazy.  It was just them rapping and singing into the camera, walking down a street.    But the beats.... "That's the joint, that's the jam... turn that sh*t up and play it again."    They'll always be in my high school memories.  As a Filipino American, apl.de.ap will always be one of my favorite artists.  They've had great hits, "Where is the …
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