Monkey Business [UK Bonus Tracks]

Monkey Business [UK Bonus Tracks]

by The Black Eyed Peas

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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 ( 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 U.K. version of the album contains bonus material.]

Product Details

Release Date: 06/21/2005
Label: Universal Uk
UPC: 0602498821848
catalogNumber: 9882184

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Black Eyed Peas   Primary Artist
Sting   Bass,Vocals
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
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
Suzie Katayama   Cello
Chaos   Bass
Jeff Watkins   Saxophone
Natalie Leggett   Violin
Sheila Wheat   Background Vocals   Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Drums,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Clavinet,fender rhodes
Roberto Cani   Violin
Justin Timberlake   Vocals
Printz Board   Synthesizer,Bass,Trumpet,Drums,Mellotron,fender rhodes
Sarah Thornblade   Violin
Jack Johnson   Guitar   Strings,Vocals,Clavinet
Tim Izo Orindgreff   Flute,Saxophone
Dante Santiago   Background Vocals
Ray Brady   Guitar
Kevin Rudolf   Guitar
Songa Lee   Violin
Bittersweets   Background Vocals
Charlie Baccarat   Electric Violin
Jimmy Limon   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Clavinet
Venus Brown   scratching,Background Vocals,DJ
Victoria Miskolczy   Viola
Phillip Levy   Violin
Tamara Hatwan   Violin
Mario de León   Violin
Matthew Funes   Viola
Horndogs   Saxophone
Robert "Mousie" Thompson   Organ,Bass,Drums,Clavinet
Keith Harris   Percussion,Drums,Keyboards
George Pajon   Guitar
Mike Fratantuono   Bass
Michael Matthews   Guitar
Kelly Jarrell   Background Vocals
Damon Woods   Guitar
Cynthia Moore   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Rick James   Composer
Full Force   Composer
David Payton   Composer
Larry Blackmon   Composer
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
Ron Fair   Executive Producer,String Arrangements,String Conductor,Additional Production
Lloyd Ferguson   Composer
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   Producer,Instrumentation
Anthony Tidd   Composer
Talib Kweli   Composer
Drew Peters   Composer
Kamaal Fareed   Composer   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,drum programming,Instrumentation,Concept Design
Shepard Fairey   Cover Design,Logo Design
Benjamin Brown   Composer
Neil Tucker   Engineer
Justin Timberlake   Composer
Printz Board   Composer,Producer,drum programming
Jean Baptiste   Composer
Dylan Dresdow   Vocal Engineer
Tal Herzberg   Engineer,Pro-Tools   Producer,drum programming
Seth Friedman   Cover Art Direction
Allen Pineda   Composer
Ray Brady   Composer
Ethan Willoughby   Engineer
Mike Jurkovac   Cover Art Direction
Osinachi Nwaneri   Engineer
Jaime A. Dávila "Tame" Gómez   Composer
Dennis Gomez   Booklet Design
Jimmy Limon   drum programming
Noize Trip   Producer
Jason "Lil Aroma" Villaroman   Engineer
Robert "Mousie" Thompson   drum programming
Jaime Gomez   Composer
Edward Martinez   Art Direction
Keith Harris   Composer
Demo Castellon   Engineer
Marcella Araica   Pro-Tools
Florencio Zavala   Cover Design,Logo Design
William Adams   Composer

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