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Nominally a rap group, in truth Black Eyed Peas call on so many forms of songwriting and production that slotting them into hip-hop is like slotting Prince into R&B -- technically true, but very limiting. Elephunk, the group's third straight winning LP, doesn't have top-notch rapping, but as driven by frontman Will.I.Am, it does possess some of the most boundary-pushing productions in contemporary, (mostly) uncommercial hip-hop -- right up at the level occupied by Common and OutKast. The smart, brassy opening club thump "Hands Up" hits another level with a sly bridge flaunting some heavy metallic slide guitar, while the highly pressurized love jam "Shut Up" features great interplay between Taboo and new member Fergie. Space doesn't allow for description of each track, but suffice to say any Will.I.Am track is going to feature loads of ideas and fresh sounds, not to mention plenty of stylistic change-ups -- from the digital-step ragga of "Hey Mama" (featuring Tippa Irie) to the Latinized, loved-up "Latin Girls." Like a latter-day Digital Underground, Black Eyed Peas know how to get a party track moving, and add a crazy stupid rhyme or two ("bop your head like epilepsy" from the suitably titled "Let's Get Retarded"). [The album was also released with a bonus track, "Let's Get It Started."]
Performance CreditsBlack Eyed Peas Primary Artist
Sergio Mendes Piano
Tippa Irie Vocals
Ron Fair Piano,Conductor
J. Curtis Guitar
Sergio Mendez Piano
will.i.am Vocals,Moog Synthesizer
George Pajon Guitar
Mike Fratantuno Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Bass Guitar,Guitarron,Upright Bass
Terry Dexter Background Vocals
Justin Timberlake Vocals
Printz Board Trumpet,Horn,Clavinet,Moog Synthesizer,Group Member
Dave Buckner Drums
Jacoby Shaddix Vocals
Terence Yoshiaki Drums
Tim Izo Orindgreff Flute,Horn,Saxophone,Group Member
Chuck Prada Percussion
Dante Santiago Background Vocals
Noelle Scaggs Background Vocals
Ray Brady Guitar
Elizabeth Lea Trombone
Debi Nova Vocals
Davey Chegwidden Conga,Shaker
Jamie Gomez Vocals
Keith Harris Drums
Technical CreditsVinícius de Moraes Composer
Billy May Composer
Phelps "Catfish" Collins Composer
Ron Fair Producer,Executive Producer,String Arrangements,Audio Production,Vocal Producer
Johnny Griggs Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim Composer
David Sonenberg Management
Frank Wolf Engineer
J. Curtis Composer
Fred Davis Legal Advisor
Anthony Henry Composer
will.i.am drum programming,Audio Production
George Pajon Composer
Mike Fratantuno Composer
Justin Timberlake Composer
Printz Board Composer
Jean Baptiste Composer
Dylan Dresdow Engineer
Papa Roach Composer
Tal Herzberg Engineer
apl.de.ap Producer,drum programming,Audio Production
Seth Friedman Management
Terence Yoshiaki Composer
Jun Ishizeki Engineer
Allen Pineda Composer
John Stephens Composer
Jason Villaroman Engineer
Ray Brady Composer
Christian Clancy Marketing
Jaime A. Dávila "Tame" Gómez Composer
Lee Groves Programming
BLK Art Direction
Debi Nova Composer
William Adams Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I LOVE this CD!!!! It is the best! Where is the Love totally rocked! This is one of their best CD's! Get this CD now!!!
i like black eyed peas because they give a good positive message of peace and love
There is basically only one really good song which is Where is The Love, which is great, but the rest of the songs are regular rap, nothing special, just like every other rap artist today.
This CD rocks!!!!! Tracks 3,4,5 are the best! Where is the love is my favorite though. What's so cool though, is that the songs are different then how they put them on the radio. It's like a whole new version!!!!
THIS WUZ AN AWESOME CD!!!! EVEN THOUGH ONLY A FEW SONGS CAME OUT ON THE RADIO, THE OTHERS ARE JUST AS GREAT!!!!!!!!!!DONT HESITATE TO BUY- IT ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!
Where is the Love, made me cry, I could not believe my eyes, how powerfull and yet upbeat is this song, Great job black eye peas. I went to buy the album in a heart beat. I hope you can find the love with this album, I am sure I am closer now.
i was really dissapointed when i bought this. there are some really good songs but most of them suck dude. maybe its just because i dont really listen to this kind of music anymore but whatever!
Black Eyed Peas (or BEP) finally enters the public eye of music with their 3rd album (their other 2 CDs did not receive much play on mainstream radio stations....they received most of their fame from college stations). Their first, chart-topping hit "Where is the Love" is an incredible song, where the group shows their true colors and leaves you with an incredible message, something most popular songs these days do not give. Some other rockin hits such as "Shut Up," "Hey Mama," and "Let's Get Retarded," are awesome, upbeat jams that are sure to get a club movin and everyone on their feet. With a CD that gives it all, the Black Eyed Peas show that they are bright stars in a muddled pop/hip-hop/rap music industry. Their different style and rythem have caught the eye of many. One of the best CDs I've bought in a while, and I advise that you should also run out and purchas it.
"Where is the love" wonderful collaboration. Thank God A song that tells us that some peole are thinking about. Sends some good message to society. Keep it up black eyed peas!!
Black Eyed Peas, or BEP for short, deliver yet another solid album. This is their third album and it a great album with lots of energy. They are a truly unique hip-hop group that incorporates hip-hop, funk, raggae, rap, and pop. With tracks like ‘Let’s Get Retarded’ and ‘Shut Up’, fans will be able to really get into the album. Their highly successful project Bridging the Gap, made fans worry that this album would be a let down. But many fans came to realize that this album would not disappoint them. BEP added a new member to the mix – Fergie. She brings a unique sound to table that really complements the group. Her presence has allowed the group to explore different sounds and gives them a brand new image. Elephunk may not be the same sound that fans are use to, but they will not be let down. BEP obviously spent a lot of time on this album and it is evident in the way the album draws you in.