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 Love?" with JT, "Shut Up", "Let's Get Retarded".
The lyrics were always fresh and clean. It was always fun. Sure, they might cuss everynow and again, but not to the extent of many current hip hop artists.
On two of their albums, Apl.de.ap includes a Filipino song. The Apl Song takes us back to Apl's childhood in the Philippines, while Bebot shows a glimpse of the Filipino culture, from tagay (drinking with buddies) to hitting on dalagas (young Filipino women).
Their newest single, "Boom Boom Pow" just rocks my socks off. I constantly catch myself wildin out in traffic, just because the song is being played over the radio. Heck, I don't care who sees me... I have no shame. :)
Boom Boom Pow will be released with their newest album, The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies) on June 9th, 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. … more
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 ...