Additional personnel: Justin Timberlake, Jamie Gomez, Allen Pineda, Dante Santiago, Jacobi Shaddix, Debbie Nova (vocals); Tobin (guitar, bass); George Pajon Jr., J. Curtis (guitar); Elizabeth Ann Lea (trombone); Printz Board (trumpet); Tim Izo Orindgreff (saxophone, flute, horns); Ron Fair (piano); Mike Fratantuno (acoustic guitar, bass, upright bass); Terence Yoshiaki, Dave Buckner (drums); Davey Chegwidden (congas, shaker); Chuck Prada (percussion); Terry Dexter, Noelle Scaggs (background vocals).
Producers: Will.I.Am, Apl.De.Ap, Ron Fair.
Recorded at Stewicha, Los Feliz, California; Record Plant, Hollywood, California; Glenwood Studio, Burbank, California; Velvet One, Sacramento, California.
The Black Eyed Peas: will.i.am (vocals, Wurlitzer piano, Moog synthesizer, drum programming); apl.de.ap (vocals, drum programming); Fergie , Taboo (vocals).
Additional personnel: Jacoby Shaddix, Justin Timberlake, Jamie Gomez (vocals); George Pajon, Ray Brady (guitar); Mike Fratantuno (acoustic guitar, bass guitar); Sergio Mendes (piano); Dante Santiago, Noelle Scaggs (background vocals); Papa Roach.
With distinct, cuttingly insightful, yet subtle lyrics fed over consistently catchy beats and eclectic arrangements, L.A.'s Black Eyed Peas have earned a high level of respect within the rap world, significant attention at college radio, and even the occasional crossover hit. Third release ELEPHUNK sees the addition of a fourth member, enchanting female vocalist Fergie (introduced with verve on the dancehall "Hey Mama"), and the continued elevation of their style and skills, as the group journeys all over the map, never falling into a funk of boredom.
ELEPHUNK opens the ears from the outset with the flophouse jazz backbeat of "Hands Up," simultaneously easy-going and infectious, before crashing into the fluorescent, straight-up party anthem "Labor Day" using the familiar JB's "The Grunt" sample as successfully as the Bomb Squad did back in 1988. Then there's the perfectly chiseled but fiery "Shut Up" with its insistent Knight Rider-theme beat and call-and-response. ELEPHUNK closes on an unlikely duet with Justin Timberlake, "Where Is the Love," an earnest state-of-the-world ballad that somehow creates a fitting ending to a solid album from one of hip-hop's most intelligent groups.
Alternative Press (9/03, p.118) - 4 out of 5 - "...Better partiers than preachers, these Peas have found their pod..."
elephunk isn't as good as the latest release, monkey business, i think but it is still full of reasonably catchy, enjoyable songs. the more well knwon songs on here would be where is the love and let's get retarded. if you like the radio releases on this album then i recommend that you check the album out.
see even gip hop fans hate this crap, black eyed peas built up a fan base and alot of respect with the where is the love song (i didnt like it but it had a good idea to the song) and well after that they went down the crapper to put it very politly, the only song on here i liekd is lets get retarded
this is a changed black eyed peas. in taking on fergie they really became more radio playable, and commercial as they produced pop hip hop to appeal to the masses. this contains the nice anthem "where is the love" but after a few listens becomes a bit boring to play often. buy it if you like all the radio songs.
i agree with the last reviewer, if you love their old stuff then its very likely you will be turned off them by this album. elephunk is when their style began to change with their new member fergie. if you like their radio played songs though, then you will probably really like this album as the syle is consistant.
Oh please for the love of all that is good in this world please drop kick that f***wit Fergie and go back to the hip hop that I fell in love with.
If you loved their first two albums then this album will turn you off them. In a blatant effort to make more money and reach more people they have turned to pop sensationalists with this album and Monkey Business is a slight improvement is nothing like what they first offered the world of music.
They seem to want to hang on dearly to their hip hop beats and bboy past, but Fergie is the thing holding them back. Drop her and go back to the hip hop old school beats that made them great.
If you a chartlover then this album is for you and you can play make believe that you like hip hop just like the BEP.
it's not that great. i don't know why i bought it in the first place anyway, i wasn't that into them. i guess it was an in the moment sort of purchase.
i only really like one song on the album which is "third eye". it's got a nice beat and it's listenable. i've tried to get inot many a time but i just couldn't. maybe its not my thing, maybe it's just crap. i don't know. i just know that their latest album is considerably better, "monkey business". so if by any chance you considering buying one of the two, i'd suggest you buy "monkey business".
ew ew ew ew, these guys are absolulty appauling, they try to do a r&B rap hip hop thing and is ounded like crap, only one half decent song on here lets get retarded buut they had to change that to lets get it started, it was catchier (nd made sense) as retarded but now that sux 2, its just so appaulingly bad
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