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Elephunk [Bonus Track] [Edited]


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 pressurised 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."]~ John Bush, All Music Guide

  • Genre: Popular Music
  • Black Eyed Peas - Elephunk [CD]
Album: Elephunk [Bonus Track] [Edited]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Hands Up
2)    Labor Day (It's a Holiday)
3)    Let's Get Retarded
4)    Hey Mama
5)    Shut Up
6)    Smells Like Funk
7)    Latin Girls
8)    Sexy
9)    Fly Away
10)    Boogie That Be, The
11)    Apl Song, The
12)    Anxiety
13)    Where Is the Love?
14)    Let's Get It Started
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Performer Notes
  • Black Eyed Peas: Will.I.Am (vocals, Wurlitzer piano, Clavinet, Moog synthesizer, programming); Apl.De.Ap (vocals, programming); Fergie, Taboo (vocals).
  • 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: (vocals, Wurlitzer piano, Moog synthesizer, drum programming); Fergie (vocals);, Taboo.
  • Personnel: (vocals, drum programming); Jacoby Shaddix, Justin Timberlake, Taboo, Tippa Irie, Debi Nova (vocals); Tobin, J. Curtis, George Pajon, Ray Brady (guitar); Mike Fratantuno (acoustic guitar, guitarron, upright bass); Tim Izo Orindgreff (flute, saxophone, horns); Printz Board (trumpet, horns, Clavinet, Moog synthesizer); Elizabeth Lea (trombone); Sergio Mendez, Ron Fair (piano); Terence Yoshiaki, Keith Harris , Dave Buckner (drums); Davey Chegwidden (congas, shaker); Chuck Prada (percussion); Lee Groves (programming); Dante Santiago, Terry Dexter, Noelle Scaggs (background vocals).
  • Additional personnel: Jamie Gomez (vocals); Sergio Mendes (piano); Mike Fratantuno (bass guitar); Dante Santiago, George Pajon, Jacoby Shaddix, Justin Timberlake, Papa Roach, Ray Brady, Noelle Scaggs.
  • Audio Mixers: Chris Lord-Alge; Mark "Spike" Stent; Tony Maserati .
  • Recording information: A house in Bodega Bay; Enterprise Studio, Burbank, CA; Glenwood Studio, Burbank, CA; Record Plant, Hollywood, CA; Stewchia, Los Feliz, CA; Velvet Tone, Sacramento, CA.
  • Photographers: Indrani; Markus Klinko.
  • Unknown Contributor Role: Horndogs.
  • 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.
Professional Reviews
Alternative Press (9/03, p.118) - 4 out of 5 - "...Better partiers than preachers, these Peas have found their pod..."
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