Hi everyone. How have you been? It’s been so hard to deal with COVID-19 this long, hasn’t it? I can’t even go to see real live music shows right now. I was just listening to “I gotta feeling” and I got lots of energy!!!
Anyway, I am going to talk about the Black Eyed Peas today.
Black Eyed Peas.Their music is not just Hip Hop. It’s not Pop music. It’s an interestingly fresh mix of Hip Hop, R&B, Pop, Soul and Jazz, with deep and compelling lyrics.
This group consists of four members.
「apl.de.ap 」(Allen Pineda Lindo) is of Filipino and African-American descent.
「Taboo」(Jaime Gomez) is of Mexican and American Indian descent.「will.i.am」(William James Adams Jr.) was born in Los Angeles, California and is African American. The only female member of the band was 「Fergie 」, a native Californian, but she wanted to focus on being a mother so she left this group. After Fergie left, new Black Eyed Peas members 「J.Ray Soul」(Jessica Reynoso) from the Philippines, joined the group.
Looking for a new sound to add to their style, they recruited singer Kim Hill to perform backup vocals and in 1998 the Black Eyed Peas released their first album, Behind the Front.
After the release of their first album, people were extremely excited about their unique sound and their refreshingly clean, powerful, and provoking lyrics. The Black Eyed Peas gave a shock to all music lovers.
In 2000 the Black Eyed Peas released their second album, Bridging the Gap. Macy Gray was one of several guest artists to join the group on the CD.
In 2001 Hill left the Black Eyed Peas and the band had to find itself another singer. Fergie filled the space.
In 2003 they released Elephunk. The lead single was the song "Where is the Love”, which made it to number one on the charts. The track features vocals from pop star Justin Timberlake!! It also was the group's first song to feature singer Fergie as an official member.
"Where Is the Love?" Was successful on radio airplay charts. It was number eight on the US Billboard Hot 100 and went all the way to #1 in the United Kingdom where it also became the best-selling single of 2003. The group sold 7.5 million albums around the world.
It feels like the Black Eyed Peas and their songs were everywhere. An alternate version of one of their tracks became the theme song for the NBA Finals.
The Black Eyed Peas also went on tour with Timberlake and fellow pop star Christina Aguilera, spreading their music even further.
They released Monkey Business 2005. They also won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance for "Let's Get It Started."
In 2009,The E.N.D. released. Single songs ”Boom Boom Pow" and ”I Gotta Feeling" are songs that everybody knows. The former track peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 list for an unprecedented 26 straight weeks in the middle of that year.
I just learned all of their music history, and I feels like, WOW!
They didn’t just create music. They created their own world. You will know when you hear it. You’re going to feel warm and powerful energy from them. They still continue to change. I can’t wait to see what they do next!!!