The Black Eyed Peas are a pop/dance band. Their music is typically hip hop.They hail from Los Angeles. The group is composed of 4 members namely will.i.am, apl.de.ap, Taboo and Fergie.
The band started out initially with 2 members.Will.i.am,who was born 1975 and is also known as William James Adams Jr and Apl.de.ap, born 1974, also known as Allan Pineda. These two started rapping and performing together around Los Angeles. The pair signed to Ruthless Records (run by Eazy-E). Along with Mookie Mook (Burning Star), & DJ Motiv8 (DJ Of B.E.P.), they called their group Atban Klann. Their debut album, Grass Roots,never got to be released though.
In 1995,their band member Eazy-E died of AIDS. The group then changed their name to the Black Eyed Peas. According to Will.i.am the name Black Eyed
Peas was chosen because "Black Eyed Peas are food for the soul".Will.i.am also said that like the Red Hot Chili Peppers he named his band after food.
Taboo (born Jaime Gomez) joined the group and in 1996, they produced and appeared on a song entitled "That's Right" for Brian Austin Green's hip-hop album One Stop Carnival. Later, they began using Kim Hill as a steady background singer. Kim worked on a solo project with Interscope Records. In 2000 Kim Hill left the band. She was replaced by Fergie (Stacy Ferguson), who joined the group in 2003. However, Fergie was just to be featured in one song, but later Will decided to offer her a position of being in the band. Through the mid-90s, the group performed in the local club circuit alongside artists such as Ozomatli and Jurassic 5.
Why are they famous?
Black-Eyed Peas first gained fame with their debut album Behind the Front in 1998.This album won them critical acclaim. Their second album,which was their breakout album, called Elephunk. It was released in 2003. It was also the group's first album to feature the vocals of Stacy "Fergie" Ferguson.Fergie hence became the replacement for background singer Kim Hill, who left the band in 2000. Elephunk won worldwide success and went Gold and Platinum in the US, UK, Germany, and other European markets. Black Eyed Peas' song "Let's Get It Started" was chosen for an NBA Finals worldwide commercial. The song was quite successful on the charts worldwide, peaking at #21 on the U.S. Hot 100, #11 in the UK, and at #2 in Australia. The group won a 2005 Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for this song.
Their third album, Monkey Business, was released on June 7, 2005. The album's first single, "Don't Phunk with My Heart," was a huge hit in the U.S., reaching number three on the U.S. Hot 100. This song had reached the highest peak yet of their career (in the U.S.) It won them another Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.
The group's fifth studio album, The END ("The Energy Never Dies"), will be released on June 9, 2009. "Boom Boom Pow" was released on February 19 online (http://dipdive.com/)Our editors need your help to write the biography of Black-Eyed Peas. If you want to contribute, please feel free to click on [edit biography] link from above and complete the fields. If you want to explain why Black-Eyed Peas is famous or if you know any important piece of information and 'juicy gossip' about Black-Eyed Peas which you would like to share with everyone don't hesitate to post it too.
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