The Black Eyed Peas - Elephunk - Phunky Hip Pop

2008-12-24 08:49
 
Elephunk
 
Whether it's the James Brown street party strut of "Labor Day (It's a Holiday)" and "Hands Up" or the disco funk of "Let's Get Retarded" and "The Boogie that Be" the preponderance of pointless party raps 'n rhymes are clearly designed to get your dance floor groove on. "Smells like Funk" cements the mood, strutting along to an infectious combo of guitar and bass burps and off kilter raps straight out of "Putting on the Ritz". While the breezy summery girl-boy banter of "Shut Up" swings effortlessly from pop to R&B and back. And "Latin Girls" is a self-explanatory grind celebrating the joys of the Latin babe.


Yet despite the initially one-dimensional mood, several seemingly throwaway tunes reveal a far more eclectic melting pot of sounds. "Sexy" turns the slow salsa jazz courtesy of Antonio Carlos Jobim swing into a sensual bedroom bump while the gentle R&B yawn of "Fly Away" and "The Apl Song" reveals the Peas' undoubted debt to the Fugees. Elsewhere they have no problem hooking up with uplifting nu-metal posse Papa Roach for the full-blown rap rock soar of "Anxiety" or Justin Timberlake for the mellifluous 70s soul groove of "Where is the Love".

It's at this point that you begin to realise that the Black Eyed Peas are more than adept at using the medium to spread their message. The ragga-flavoured dancehall "Hey Mama" uncovers a classic rap masquerading as a booty boast: "don't wanna squeeze triggers, just tits". And the reggae lilted nursery rhyme fable of "Third Eye" simply cuts to the chase, posing the question: "If Bush is Pinocchio, then who the hell is Gepetto?"


Given mainstream hip-hop's seemingly endless obsession with bombast, booty and bling bling it would be tempting to dismiss the Black Eyed Peas latest offering Elephunk as a savvy stab at chart-oriented success. Especially given the fact that the normally outspoken socially conscious hip-hop quartet have clearly locked their political agenda in the closet, choosing to deliver a delirious mix of party-oriented funk jams that combines lyrical raps, staccato beats, rocking guitars and brassy horn st

joan 2003/12/02 11:26 AM
funky i'm not so sure about the party angle - look at Lauryn Hill after the Fugees: so much deeper. Personally, I can do without the party tunes. Lauryn Hill Unplugged
chantell 2003/12/04 1:43 PM
Very deep Why not? All i can say is "keep up the good work" Black Eyed Peas
Michelle 2003/12/04 7:11 PM
like they know anything! They made one song ft Justin Timberlake to come on the scene (to do with activism).How about "lets get retarded" with a song like that practically ripping off disabled people. Activists I think Not!!!Punk rock bands and the odd hip hop group like public enemy have been doing this since the early 80's.Why all the praise for this group? the cd i would recommend is anything as far away from the black eyed peas as possible
Stacey 2003/12/04 10:26 PM
Black eyed peas BRILLIANT! This cd really does it for me! To me it portrays a sense of unity. This music is good for chilling or letting it all go! Rather for the wild bunch of people out there!
KENNETH "BIBI" MOSWEU 2004/03/25 2:44 PM
THE RIGHT BLACK EYED PEAS THIS GUYS ARE REALLY ROCKING, KEEP THE GOOD WORK UP GUYZ, NO ONE CAN STOP YOU FROM ROCKING!! RECOMMENDATION: THIS CD IS ROCKING MY WORLD.IT IS THE BEST CD IN THE WORLD OF MUSIC
Type your name 2004/03/28 10:39 AM
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jessica dewhurst 2004/04/06 12:15 PM
black deep down youll find the dead hollow hearts of the black eyed pease. there music was a legend but now there souls regain streanth and now there back to haunt people with the music cool enuf to be called the word music. elepunk/ black eyed pease
fatima 2004/04/12 6:42 PM
elephunk black eyed peas there music really rocks keep up the good work. it really rocks
tiffany 2005/04/29 1:22 PM
elephunk Its not bad because the songs stayed popular for quite a while and another reason is that I could relate to the music somehow. elephunk-BlAcK eYeD pEaS
tatyana 2005/12/26 9:39 PM
blsck eyed peas the black eyed peas are just right. i like their funk and down to earth character.
Carlos 2006/05/14 4:49 PM
The Trinity It rocks The Trinity
Val 2006/12/21 2:28 PM
Auesome Keep up the good work guys! we love ja!
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