The Black Eyed Peas
B.E.P. - A Music Revolution
The Black Eyed Peas are an example of how change is good in the music industry. There have been a couple of music groups that have went through changes from within, but was met with backlash because it wasn't living up to the original lineup. This was not the case for The Black Eyed Peas. In the beginning, BEP were only consisted of three members. will.i.am, Taboo and apl.ae.ap and they were originally a Hip-Hip group that were along the lines of A Tribe Called Quest, Mos Def and Talib Kwali. They have used that same format for their first two albums until they've done a 360 changed their style drastically. Not only did they crossover big time, but they have a added a female singer by the name Fergie (formally known as Stacy Ferguson) and they have never looked back. With the added elements, they have continue to evolved till this day and have remained one of best selling groups of all time putting out great music within each album. Fergie and will.i.am have also shared some side success outside the group as well (Fergie's solo album as well as will.i.am's production credits and acting career). So I would like to break down those albums that have been hits till this day. Even the earlier albums that some might seem to remember. So let's check them out and much love to the Black Eyed Peas. Fact: the B.E.P were signed to Ruthless Records during the early 90's while N.W.A. legend Eazy E was running the label.
Behind the Front (1998)
This was their official debut album which featured the underground hit 'Joints & Jams'. You could tell by the album cover that their style was so different as compared to now. More of a 'Native Tounges' look. It wasn't a bad hip-hop album and their single was even released on the movie soundtrack 'Bullworth'.
Bridging the Gap (2000)
The Black Eyed Peas have now been established as one of the new premiere hip-hop groups with this album. Their single 'Request + Line' featuring Macy Gray was a hit on the Hip-Hop Charts. They even have guest appearances on their tracks from hip-hop greats such as De La Soul, Mos Def and Wyclef. Also productions from DJ Premier and Wyclef. This would be their last hip-hop influenced album for they would take it to the next level with the following album a few years later.
This was the album that began their road to mainstream success. There have been a bunch of changes since the last album. First, new member Fergie came aboard and second, their style of music has changed dramatically. Though some may still had called it a hip-hop album, most of their hits had that 'Pop' sound. Starting with their first single 'Where Is the Love?' featuring Justin Timberlake. Then came their next three singles 'Hey Mama', 'Shut Up' and 'Let's Get It Started'. Those were the singles that have not only put them on the map as international stars, but also sold them more that 8 million copies worldwide. And things could only get better.
Monkey Business (2005)
Not a lot of musicians can say that they could top one album with the next, but the Black Eyed Peas did just that with 'Monkey Business'. Not only did it sell 10 million worldwide, but it has sparked hits such as 'Don't Phunk With My Heart', 'My Humps' and 'Pump It'. They even have a track on their album called 'Like That' which features Q-Tip from A Tribe Called Quest, Talib Kwali, Cee-Lo Green and John Legend. Giving that hip-hop groove that they haven't brought out in a while. But after the promotion and touring of the album, the B.E.P. would soon take a break for each member would go on to do their own acts, but would return years later to evolve once again.
The E.N.D. (2009)
They would come back again four years later to show us that they haven't lost a step for they have taken slightly different music direction once again. They have now been tapping into the Dance genre and have not disappointed in that category. The result was The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies) and with that came four amazing dance singles. 'Boom Boom Pow' took it to another level, but 'I've Got A Feeling' took it even more mainstream from you could hear that song everywhere from sports arenas to television shows. 'Imma Be' and 'Meet Me Halfway' were just as good as the other two hits and as a result, The E.N.D. have sold 12 million copies worldwide. But this was not The End for the B.E.P.
The Beginning (2010)
The Beginning is the latest B.E.P. album. It features the hit dance track 'The Time (Dirty Bit)' and features some production from David Guetta, who is a whiz in the dance genre. Their second single 'Just Can't Get Enough' is a slow song, but finishes off with some dance grooves. So far as of 2011, The Beginning has sold over 3 million. This album is just as good as the rest for they have stayed true to their current music formula. They have also announced that after their current tour that they are taking another break. Who's to say that a break is a bad thing because the last time they've done that, they've came back with three hit albums. So let's look at it as a good thing.
The Black Eyed Peas Experience Video Game (2011)
This is the perfect gift for those who love to get their dance one with one of their Wii and XBox systems. The Black Eyed Peas Experience is a game that has the same element as the previous 'Michael Jackson Experience' game. This game contains all of their hit songs from all of their albums and is available for both the Nintendo Wii and the XBox 360 Kinect. So of you love the B.E.P., then you are going to enjoy this game big time.