Monkey Business [Bonus DVD]

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Hip-hop artists with commercial aspirations need never appear pandering to their audience, since a tough, defiant stance -- aka keeping it real -- is exactly what will draw in most crossover listeners anyway. Nevertheless, the Black Eyed Peas quickly embraced the pop world after the surprising success of third album Elephunk, and only continued their repositioning as a mainstream act with 2005's Monkey Business. That focus is immediately clear on the opener, "Pump It Up," where they gladly welcome listeners on a track whose sample -- Dick Dale's "Misirlou," already ubiquitous before it appeared in Pulp Fiction -- has to replace "Walk This Way" or "I'll Be Missing You" (more ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Hip-hop artists with commercial aspirations need never appear pandering to their audience, since a tough, defiant stance -- aka keeping it real -- is exactly what will draw in most crossover listeners anyway. Nevertheless, the Black Eyed Peas quickly embraced the pop world after the surprising success of third album Elephunk, and only continued their repositioning as a mainstream act with 2005's Monkey Business. That focus is immediately clear on the opener, "Pump It Up," where they gladly welcome listeners on a track whose sample -- Dick Dale's "Misirlou," already ubiquitous before it appeared in Pulp Fiction -- has to replace "Walk This Way" or "I'll Be Missing You" (more on Sting later) as the most conspicuous case of an unmissable rock riff being used on a rap track. The group moves on to motivate its hip-hop base by reaching for every trick in the grab bag of contemporary urban music. These attempts are either serviceable or wildly unsuccessful. "Disco Club" is one of the serviceable tracks, an apt re-creation of Cassidy's "Hotel." Wildly unsuccessful is the group's utilization of its newest member, Fergie, to function as an imitator of the hyper-sexual Kelis/Ciara archetype on "My Humps," which makes for one of the most embarrassing rap performances of the new millennium (sample lyric: "My hump (9x)/My lovely little lumps"). Unlike Elephunk, the Justin Timberlake feature here ("My Style") is placed early in the program, and it's bolstered by a Timbaland production, which eases the strain of an otherwise featherweight jam. Most of the songs on Monkey Business are the same type of party rap singalong that Black Eyed Peas made their name with on Elephunk. But other than "Disco Club," the only one that works as anything but background party music is "Feel It," a rare production by the group's apl.de.ap (will.i.am handles most of the rest). At the very tail end of the disc, there's one brief glance at Black Eyed Peas' history as a socially conscious group -- "Union," featuring Sting and Branford Marsalis, which floats the usual bromides about peace and equality (and swipes the sound and speak of Bob Marley in the process). Monkey Business could easily sell just as well, or better, than Elephunk, but what the group made sound effortless in the past sounds a little strained here. [This edition contains an additional DVD of bonus material.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/7/2006
  • Label: Universal Int'l
  • UPC: 602498521076
  • Catalog Number: 9852107
  • Sales rank: 164,235

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pump It (3:33)
  2. 2 Don't Phunk with My Heart (3:59)
  3. 3 My Style (4:28)
  4. 4 Don't Lie (3:39)
  5. 5 My Humps (5:26)
  6. 6 Like That (4:34)
  7. 7 Dum Diddly (4:19)
  8. 8 Feel It (4:19)
  9. 9 Gone Going (3:13)
  10. 10 They Don't Want Music (6:46)
  11. 11 Disco Club (3:48)
  12. 12 Bebot (3:30)
  13. 13 Ba Bump (3:56)
  14. 14 Audio Delite at Low Fidelity (5:29)
  15. 15 Union (5:04)
  16. 16 Do What You Want (4:02)
  17. 17 Pump It (3:35)
  18. 18 Dum Diddly (4:04)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Pump It
  2. 2 My Humps
  3. 3 Don't Lie
  4. 4 Don't Phunk with My Heart
  5. 5 Like That
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Black Eyed Peas Primary Artist
Kenny Kirkland Keyboards
Bruce Dukov Violin
Sid Page Violin
Tippa Irie Background Vocals
Charlie Bisharat Violin
Jacqueline Brand Violin
Mino Cinelu Percussion
Brian Dembow Viola
Joel Derouin Violin
Stephen Erdody Cello
Ron Fair Harmonica, Conductor
Julie Gigante Violin
Endre Granat Violin
Alan Grunfeld Violin
Manu Katché Drums
David Low Cello
Rene Mandel Violin
Branford Marsalis Saxophone
Simon Oswell Viola
Katia Popov Violin
Cecilia Tsan Cello
Josefina Vergara Violin
Cynthia Morey Background Vocals, Group Member
Suzie Katayama Cello
Jeff Watkins Saxophone
Natalie Leggett Violin
Sheila Wheat Background Vocals, Group Member
will.i.am Organ, Synthesizer, Bass, Drums, Hammond Organ, Vocals, Clavinet, Moog Synthesizer, fender rhodes
Roberto Cani Violin
Justin Timberlake Vocals
James "Zeke" Brown Vocals
Sarah Thornblade Violin
Dante Santiago Background Vocals, Group Member
Ray Brady Guitar
Kevin Rudolf Guitar
Songa Lee Violin
Charlie Baccarat Electric Violin
Jimmy Limon Organ, Bass, Clarinet, Guitar, Percussion
Victoria Miskolczy Viola
Phillip Levy Violin
Mario de León Violin
Matthew Funes Viola
Keith Harris Percussion, Drums, Keyboards, Mellotron
Technical Credits
Rick James Composer
Full Force Composer
David Payton Composer
Larry Blackmon Composer
Leslie Bricusse Composer
Ron Fair Producer, Executive Producer, String Arrangements
Lloyd Ferguson Composer
Ted Howard Engineer
Robert Lyn Composer
Anthony Newley Composer
Chris Peters Composer
Nicholas Roubanis Composer
David Sonenberg Management
Stacy Ferguson Composer
Thomas Jenkins Composer
Darryl Barnes Composer
Anthony Tidd Composer, Engineer
Talib Kweli Composer
Drew Peters Composer
Kamaal Fareed Composer
will.i.am Composer, Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer, drum programming, Instrumentation, Concept Design
Shepard Fairey Cover Design, Logo Design
Benjamin Brown Composer
Travis Barker Remixing
Will Adams Composer
Neil Tucker Engineer
Justin Timberlake Composer
Printz Board Composer
Jean Baptiste Composer
Dylan Dresdow Vocal Engineer
Tal Herzberg Engineer, Digital Editing
Seth Friedman Management, Cover Art Direction
Allen Pineda Composer
Ray Brady Composer
Mike Jurkovac Cover Art Direction
Osinachi Nwaneri Engineer
Jaime A. Dávila "Tame" Gómez Composer
Jimmy Limon drum programming
Jaime Gomez Composer
Keith Harris Composer
Marcella Araica Digital Editing
William Adams Composer
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