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Black Eyed Peas Lyrics

Black Eyed Peas - Biography

They've transcended their vigilant hip-hop roots and have become a
global phenomenon, the likes of which the music world has rarely
seen. Ever-curious and ever-confident, that group is The Black Eyed
Peas, and after energizing crowds 'round the globe with the
monster-stomp of Elephunk, it's time for the quartet  William,
Fergie, apl.de.ap and Taboo to get down to business  Monkey
Business, that is.

2003's Elephunk was a breakthrough album for The Black Eyed Peas,
vaulting them to a level of success unparalleled by any other
hip-hop group. The accolades are quick to recite: 7.5 million albums
sold worldwide, 4 Grammy nominations, 1 Grammy award, and an
unforgettable performance on the 2005 broadcast. But fitted with
loose rhymes, buoyant anthemic funk and an ebullient live spirit,
the album also heralded a new sound for the modern age  one that is
inspired by hip-hop, eschews boundaries and inhibitions, and cuts
across ages, races and backgrounds. It is a sound that can be
described only as One Nation Under A Black Eyed Peas Groove.

But if Elephunk was the group being crowned prince of the castle,
then Monkey Business, their fourth album, is The Black Eyed Peas
conquering the throne to become King. It is an album that further
intensifies their passion for making music together, for connecting
with their audience through the most fundamental ways: making people
have a good time. It is a credo that has inspired the group since
they formed in the late 1990s, earning their keep in the nurturing
environment of Los Angeles' vibrant hip-hop underground. Even then,
the group possessed a magnetic spirit that helped them establish a
worldwide following through their first two albums, 1998's Behind
The Front and 2000's Bridging The Gap.

In many ways, Monkey Business is a direct descendant of its
predecessor. The success of Elephunk kept the group touring around
the globe for nearly 18 months. "In going on the road for so
long, we got an idea of what kind of music we wanted to play and
make," explains will.i.am. "Monkey Business is very much
about the types of songs we play live. It's about a party. It's
layered differently and has energy to it that reflects how we tour 
from the beats to the types of instruments we used to how we
interact with the audience. It's very much about us and the crowd on
this record."

Monkey Business was literally produced and recorded during The Black
Eyed Peas everlasting road trip. "I was in Brazil doing some CD
shopping," will.i.am recalls. "I came across this
compilation and I thought it was one thing but it turned out to be
something else. The Dick Dale song 'Miserlou,' was on it. At first I
was angry  this isn't what I wanted to buy," he laughs.
"But then, really, that song is hot. I said, 'we should do a
song like this.' I jump-started the computer and made some beats on
the train. Then we had to fly to Tokyo and I tightened up the beat
on the plane. Then I recorded vocals in this park in Tokyo. And
that's how we recorded the song, 'Pump It.'"

The song, a jump-up party anthem, is one of the featured tracks on
Monkey Business  and made its debut in a commercial for Best Buy
electronics. "It's the beauty of technology now  you can
record anywhere, anytime, any which way. And I love that song
because it feels like our live shows, it has that energy."

Monkey Business also furthers the bond the group forged as friends
during the making of Elephunk. Before recording that album, the
three original members of The Black Eyed Peas  will.i.am, apl.de.ap
and Taboo  had been ensnared by personal demons. "I remember
that we were each talking about the things that were haunting us and
seemed to be crippling us," recalls will.i.am. Adding the vocal
talents of singer, Fergie, the group used music as a therapeutic
vehicle. Making music with that near-desperate fervor also is
maintained on Monkey Business, says will.i.am. "You're always
challenged not to go back to those bad habits in life," he
says. "When you're comfortable living, you sometimes think
that, well, I beat it once so I can do it again. But you never
really escape the things that haunt you."

Thus, making Monkey Business became an effort put forth by all the
members of the group  the first the foursome co-wrote together 
and the more sophisticated songwriting; the layered grooves of the
record and its fulfilled spirit reflect that. "This was really
about all of us building a house together," says will.i.am.

"Don't Phunk With My Heart" is a gripping soulful serenade
that will.i.am describes as a sequel to The Black Eyed Peas song,
"Shut Up." "Not sonically but in subject
matter," he clarifies. "When you're on bad terms with a
significant other, you don't want to break up. You tell her things
and at the time you really mean them. But she's saying, stop
f****ing with me."

If it sounds like the personal lives of the members infiltrated
their songwriting, it is mostly because it did. "Don't
Lie," is a song will.i.am says was born of true experience of
deceptively bending the truth to an ex-girlfriend. "It's a song
about owning up and apologizing and realizing your faults. It's
about being a man or a woman  an adult  and confronting situations
honestly."

Singer Justin Timberlake joins the group again for the song,
"My Style." He first sang on the song, "Where Is The
Love?," the breakout single from Elephunk. "We get along
real well," says will.i.am, "and he sees music in a very
similar way. Plus, he's just a good dude." The song was
produced by famed beat-maker Timbaland. "I like experiencing
things I've never experienced before," will.i.am says. "It
brings you out of your comfort zone and that can be creatively
inspiring. And Timbaland is an incredible talent."

Other collaborators join The Black Eyed Peas on this album, too,
like Sting on "Union." Neo-folk singer, Jack Johnson is
sampled on the song, "Gone Going." The Peas also got to
live something of a dream when they hooked up with the Godfather of
Soul, James Brown, for the song, "They Don't Want Music."

"That was just stupid, man," will.i.am says. "Being a
fan of hip-hop and knowing that the music's backbone is based
entirely on James Brown  the concept of hitting the beat on the
"one," it's an otherworldly experience." The Black
Eyed Peas remain one of only a handful of select groups that have
been able to collaborate with Funk's inventor. "We met in the
UK, at the Mojo Awards, and we talked about working together. I
remember when we recorded; I played him the beat all nervous and
everything. We all sat in the room and he nodded his head and
grunted in approval."

That song is reflective of the Peas' fluid funk that can run from
generation to generation  and is one of the reasons why the group
is beloved and respected worldwide. "I think the fact that we
just have fun with music is the reason why it works for us,"
says will.i.am. "We love music and melodies and don't try to
distinguish ourselves from regular music fans. It's really that
simple."

Source: http://www.blackeyedpeas.com/home/bio

Thanks to Fabian a.k.a BEPmaster13 on www.blackeyedpeas.com for
submitting the biography.
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