Monkey Business

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The Black Eyed Peas were just a quirky, if critically acclaimed, trio of break-dancing rappers from L.A.'s underground rap scene until former Wild Orchid singer Fergie joined the group and they released the organically groovy Elephunk, which catapulted the Peas into the mainstream. Chock-full of improvisational breaks and genre-defying tracks, the album was more hipster than hip-hop. And their follow-up, Monkey Business, follows that multi-platinum blueprint to a tee. Produced primarily by head Pea will.i.am, the disc boasts a festive energy that's best displayed on up-tempo cuts like "Pump It" and "Disco Club." But it's the James Brown–assisted "They Don't Want Music," dissecting the industry's fascination with ...
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Editorial Reviews

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The Black Eyed Peas were just a quirky, if critically acclaimed, trio of break-dancing rappers from L.A.'s underground rap scene until former Wild Orchid singer Fergie joined the group and they released the organically groovy Elephunk, which catapulted the Peas into the mainstream. Chock-full of improvisational breaks and genre-defying tracks, the album was more hipster than hip-hop. And their follow-up, Monkey Business, follows that multi-platinum blueprint to a tee. Produced primarily by head Pea will.i.am, the disc boasts a festive energy that's best displayed on up-tempo cuts like "Pump It" and "Disco Club." But it's the James Brown–assisted "They Don't Want Music," dissecting the industry's fascination with the bottom line instead of the bass line, that kicks the party-hearty album into high gear. Yet the multicultural quartet reveal their many shades by balancing out the groove-fest with more substantive tracks like the somber "Gone Going," featuring Dante Santiago, which discusses the insignificance of fame without love, and the politically charged "Union," featuring Sting, which calls for racial equality throughout the world. Ultimately, the Peas' socially charged messages are what separate them from other rappers sowing the same fields. Even though they tend to monkey around on the mic, they always find time to get down to business. Anslem Samuel
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/7/2005
  • Label: A&M
  • UPC: 602498804803
  • Catalog Number: 000434102
  • Sales rank: 23,818

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pump It (3:33)
  2. 2 Don't Phunk With My Heart (3:59)
  3. 3 My Style - Justin Timberlake (4:28)
  4. 4 Don't Lie (3:39)
  5. 5 My Humps (5:26)
  6. 6 Like That - John Legend (4:34)
  7. 7 Dum Diddly - Dante Santiago (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)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Black Eyed Peas Primary Artist
James Brown Vocals
Sting Bass, Vocals
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
David Low Cello
Rene Mandel Violin
Branford Marsalis Saxophone
Simon Oswell Viola
Katia Popov Violin
Q-Tip Rap
Cecilia Tsan Cello
Josefina Vergara Violin
Cynthia Morey Background Vocals
Taboo Vocals
Suzie Katayama Cello
Chaos Bass
Jeff Watkins Saxophone
Natalie Leggett Violin
Cee Lo Green Vocals
Sheila Wheat Background Vocals
Damon Wood Guitar
Talib Kweli Rap
will.i.am Organ, Synthesizer, Bass, Hammond Organ, Vocals, Clavinet, Moog Synthesizer, fender rhodes
Mike Fratantuno Bass
Roberto Cani Violin
Justin Timberlake Vocals
Printz Board Synthesizer, Bass, Trumpet, Drums, Moog Synthesizer, Mellotron, fender rhodes
Sarah Thornblade Violin
Jack Johnson Guitar
apl.de.ap Strings, Vocals, Clavinet
A.P.L. Vocals
Tim Izo Orindgreff Flute, Saxophone
Dante Santiago Vocals, Background Vocals
Ray Brady Guitar
Robert "Dandy" Thompson Organ, Bass, Drums, Clavinet
Fergie Vocals
James H. Brown Vocals
Kevin Rudolf Guitar
Songa Lee Violin
John Legend Vocals
Charlie Baccarat Electric Violin
Jimmy Limon Organ, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Clavinet
Victoria Miskolczy Viola
Phillip Levy Violin
Mario de León Violin
Matthew Funes Viola
Keith Harris Percussion, Drums, Keyboards
Technical Credits
James Brown Sample Source
Rick James Composer
Full Force Composer
David Payton Composer
Larry Blackmon Composer
Leslie Bricusse Composer
Ron Fair Arranger, Producer, Executive Producer, String Arrangements
Lloyd Ferguson Composer
Brian Gardner Mastering
Ted Howard Engineer
Robert Lyn Composer
Anthony Newley Composer
Chris Peters Composer
Nicholas Roubanis Composer
Stacy Ferguson Composer
Thomas Jenkins Composer
Darryl Barnes Composer
Chaos Engineer, drum programming
Timbaland Audio Production
Anthony Tidd Composer
Talib Kweli Composer
Drew Peters Composer
Kamaal Fareed Composer
will.i.am Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer, drum programming, Audio Production
Shepard Fairey Cover Design, Logo Design
Benjamin Brown Composer
Will Adams Composer
Neil Tucker Engineer
Justin Timberlake Composer
Printz Board Composer
Jean Baptiste Composer
Dylan Dresdow Engineer
Tal Herzberg Engineer, Digital Editing
apl.de.ap drum programming
Danja Mowf Producer
Allen Pineda Composer
Jason Villaroman Engineer
Ray Brady Composer
Ethan Willoughby Engineer
Robert "Dandy" Thompson drum programming
Mike Jurkovac Cover Art
Jaime A. Dávila "Tame" Gómez Composer
Dennis Gomez Booklet Design
Jimmy Limon drum programming
Noize Trip Producer
Jaime Gomez Composer
Keith Harris Composer
Marcella Araica Digital Editing
William Adams Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BEP!

    I think this is their BEST album. It really reaches into rap (which I don't like), and mixes it with pop to give it their signature, edgy sound. Fergie is wonderful when it comes to vocals. The thing is, on their single "Pump It", I'm amazed at how fast Apple can rap. My Humps is sleazy, but that doesn't stop them. My personal favorite is "Don't Phunk With My Heart" because my favorite band member, Fergie, does a great job with a helium induced sound when she says, "Oh, no, no, don't phunk with my heart!". GO, BEP!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My daughter loved it so much (she is 13)

    This is a great album came the words of my thirteen year old daughter. I bought the album for her thinking it was just one of those pop/hip-hop bands that were utterly riduclous (hint: britanny spears, christina aguilara, pussycat dolls, etc.)

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Monkey Business essentials

    This is a GREAT Classic!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I Can Dig It!

    The Black Eyed Peas' Elephunk album was a great album, and this album was no different. I particularly enjoy their style and sound over a lot of other hip hop artists, and unlike many artists in their genre, The Black Eyed Peas are fairly clean. They chose to rap more about peace, love, romance, and just gettin down and having a good time. I definitely respect them for that. There are a lot of hip hop artists that I will not listen to, simply because they rap about nothing but sex, drugs, drinking, and gang violence...and they often swear a lot, which just taints music in my opinion, when used frequently. With the Black Eyed Peas, they say the occasional swear word, but it's not consistent and in every song. It's just every here and there, and I don't see that to be all that bad. It's just when language is used frequently and consistently that it really begins to bug me. This album is definitely a great album to jive to. Mad props are due to these guys. I still don't yet know what to think of My Humps necessarily, though it sounds cool. Silly song though, but it's all good. I have not yet heard their newest album, E.N.D., but I plan to look into it soon. If you like good quality hip hop, check into this album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    HEY , HERE COMES THE PHUNKIN' MUSIC!!!!!

    The Black Eyed Peas Are Back with their senior album Monkey Business featuring The sexy My Humps and the showstopper Don't Phunk With My Heart as well as hot collaberations with John Legend-Like That, and Justin Timberlake-My Style. This is great rap and club music. Get this showstopper cd now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    catchy but disappointing

    The black eyed peas release those songs that get stuck in your head and that's not always bad when the songs are well written which these are not. If you can move past the sigability of the songs and actually look at the lyrics you see uninspired mess. "Don't phunk with my heart" while most of the song is enjoyable it does have the weak lyrics of "girl the way you make me feel, you know you make me feel so real, i love you more than sex appeal..." in the same time that Green Day is putting out When september ends and bolevard of broken dreams this is floating around the airwaves, do your self a favor and let this group fade.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Group has a lot of potential but...

    On this latest album thay have about 4-5 very good songs that don't sound like "rap" but the rest are too "rappy." The "rap" songs give me the chills, like some gang bangers are going to get whitey. I am hoping that in future albums they get away from "rap" because this group has so much potential.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    There's no Monkey Business on Monkey Business, Just Great Music

    First of all, the album cover looks fantastic and draws attention. Second of all the tracks "Dum Diddly", "Union", "Don't Lie", "My Humps", and "My Style" were very good. This is a total must buy!

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