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The Black Eyed Peas: Deserved Success

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The Black Eyed Peas is an American hip-hop band that was born in Los Angeles, California in 1992. Four are the members of this popular band: Fergie (Stacy Ferguson), will.i.am (Will Adams), Taboo (Jaime Gomez) and Apl.de.ap (Allen Pineda). Even though the band emerged in 1992, the roots of it date back to 1989 when apl.de.ap and will.i.am began performing and rapping together in Los Angeles. Then both along with Dante Santiago, another friend, established the trio called Atban Klam. Although they signed with Ruthless Records, their album was not released. In 1995, Atban Klann turned into Black Eyed Peas with the incursion of Taboo instead of Dante Santiago and Kim Hill as background singer.

Their first album was Behind the Front (1998), then, they released Bridging the Gap (2000). However, Elephunk (2003) was the album that brought them the greatest changes. First, a new member was introduced into the band to take the place of Kim Hill: Fergie. The line-up of the band also changed to finally became “The Black Eyed Peas”. This album caught the attention of many people around the world over The Black Eyed Peas. Thanks to the songs “Where is the Love”, “Hey Mama”, and “Let’s Get Retarded”, which were major hits in The United States, The United Kingdom, Germany and many other countries, they won gold and platinum for sales and a 2005 Grammy for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group. Moreover, they were featured as characters of a video game.

Another successful album followed Elephunk success. Monkey Business, released in 2005, has achieved worldwide sales of 8 million dollars and with their first single "Don't Phunk with My Heart", they won another Grammy for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group. The next single “My humps” was also very successful around the world. The popularity they have achieved is driving them into new and more ambitious projects. The Black Eyed Peas not only like to do music, they enjoy creating songs with good and positive messages.

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