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[[caption-width-right:300:They had the times of their lives.]]

->''I'm so three-thousand-and-eight''
->''You're so two-thousand-and-late''
-->"Boom Boom Pow"

The Black Eyed Peas are a Los Angeles-based rap group, initially comprised of members will.i.am, Taboo, and apl.de.ap. Formed in 1995, they began as a [[TheMoralSubstitute less violent]], [[AlternativeHipHop socially conscious alternative]] to the gangsta rap acts of the time, though ironically signed by Music/{{Eazy-E}} of [[Music/{{NWA}} N.W.A.]] fame. Two albums were released in 1998 and 2000, to critical acclaim and modest sales.

In 2002, they were joined by a fourth member, Fergie. By the time ''Elephunk'' and ''[[NewSoundAlbum Monkey Business]]'' were released in 2003 and 2005, the group had changed entirely, moving towards a pop sound with Fergie placed front and center, and much simpler lyrical content. Their new style earned them numerous #1 hit singles and multi-platinum sales, to the point where some people didn't know they did anything pre-''Elephunk''.

Fergie, will.i.am, and Taboo have also branched out into acting careers. Meanwhile, apl.de.ap works to alleviate poverty in the Philippines through a foundation made in his name.

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!!Songs Of Note:

* "Joints & Jams"
* "BEP Empire"
* "Request Line" (featuring Macy Gray)
* "Where Is The Love?"
* "Let's Get Retarded" ([[{{Bowdlerise}} also known as]] "Let's Get It Started")
* "Don't Phunk With My Heart"
* "My Humps"
* "Boom Boom Pow"
* "I Gotta Feeling"
* "Imma Be"
* "Meet Me Halfway"
* "The Time (Dirty Bit)"
* "Just Can't Get Enough"

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!!Albums:

* ''Behind the Front'' [1998]
* ''Bridging the Gap'' [2000]
* ''Elephunk'' [2004]
* ''Monkey Business'' [2005]
* ''[[NewSoundAlbum The E.N.D.]]'' [2009]
* ''The Beginning'' [2010]

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!!Tropes found in their music include:

* AnalogyBackfire: "Imma Be", in which sperm banks are for withdrawals only, and not deposits.
* AutoTune
* BlackAndNerdy: Downplayed in the case of will.i.am.
* BlindMusician: apl.de.ap was legally blind due to nystagmus, which was surgically corrected in 2012.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: "Let's Get Retarded" was changed to "Let's Get It Started" on the radio. This became so ubiquitous that quite few people don't know the original name of the song.
* BrokenRecord: WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/teamt/tis/tpsr/21839-ep-03-imma-be decided to count]] how many times "Imma Be" is {{Title Drop}}ped. It goes '''106''' times.
** Really, most choruses from ''The E.N.D.'' are this.
---> I gotta feeling that tonight's gonna be a good night, that tonight's gonna be a good night, that tonight's gonna be a good night... (repeat 12 times)
* DaysOfTheWeekSong: "I Gotta Feeling"
* FunWithAcronyms: ''The E.N.D.'', which stands for "The Energy Never Dies".
* GenreShift: Compare "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqoKEyvdjv8 BEP Empire]]", released in 2000, to "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEe_eraFWWs My Humps]]", released in 2005. Yikes.
** See also: "Beautiful Dangerous," Fergie's collaboration with [[Music/GunsNRoses Slash]].
* GratuitousForeignLanguage: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wESgcExetso Bebot]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3wUZw9S2PM The APL Song]] have lyrics in a Filipino language (Tagalog), which also makes them [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff understandably popular in the Philippines]].
** And it's not really gratuitous, considering that apl.de.ap actually grew up in the Phillipines and is currently working on charitable efforts there.
* HyperDestructiveBouncingBall: The video for "Pump It".
* {{Irony}}: The song the page quote belongs to? It was released in March 2009. Who's two-thousand-and-late again?
** Also, the alleged reason for Kim Hill's departure from the BEP (and subsequently from the record label) was because of her music not being 'black' enough. She was replaced in the group, of course, by Fergie...who is [[PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy white]].
* KidsRock: "Where Is The Love?"
* LesserStar: Taboo and apl.de.ap, at least now - in their pre-Fergie days, they did just as much as will.i.am.
** Mostly Taboo, both have been reduced to a rap part in the songs (his ostensibly small role is spoofed by the KeyOfAwesome), but Apl has more of them, and has even made a couple songs that feature only him with will doing the music.
** WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows tagged them as "Andrew Ridgeley" and "Pras" in his review of "Imma Be".
* MsFanservice: Fergie.
* MySisterIsOffLimits: "Tagalog".
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wESgcExetso Bebot]], too.
* NewSoundAlbum: ''Elephunk'', which featured a more radio-friendly pop sound; and ''The E.N.D.'', which sees them incorporate dance and techno music.
* ParentheticalSwearing: "Don't Phunk With My Heart".
* PottyFailure: Happened to Fergie in a really embarrassing incident. She's still embarrassed about it.
* ProtestSong: "Where Is the Love?"
* RhymingWithItself: "Where Is The Love?" rhymes Mama with... Mamas.
** I Gotta Feeling rhymes up with up! They seem to do this trope frequently.
* {{Scatting}}: "Ga Ra Ta Da" and "Friddy Dope", both for ''Urbz: [[TheSims Sims]] In The City''.
* ShoutOut: The wireframe heads in the video for Boom Boom Pow and the cover of The E.N.D. is an allusion to Music/{{Kraftwerk}}'s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0lIlROWro8 Musique-Non Stop]] and cover to "Electric Café/Techno Pop".
* SpinOffBabies: The Superbowl commercials for Chatter feature them as this with apparently a whole series of it at an associated website.
* StuffyOldSongsAboutTheButtocks: "My Humps".
* TakeThat: A possibly unintentional example in the beginning of the music video for Imma Be, where the group has an argument about computerized "AI" music, which acts by inputting one's voice and the lyrics, and the process taking all the soul out of the music. [[{{Music/Vocaloid}} Sounds pretty]] [[{{Music/UTAU}} familiar, huh?]]
* ThoseTwoGuys: Taboo and apl.d.ap.
* ThreeMinutesOfWrithing: Fergie in most music videos.
* TruckDriversGearChange: "Imma Be", "The Time (Dirty Bit)" and "Just Can't Get Enough" all feature (slightly unexpected) song changes.
* VisualPun: Guess what the [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/a2/Bep-imma-be.jpg cover art]] for the "Imma Be" single is. Go on, guess.
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