[[caption-width-right:350:They had the times of their lives.[[note]]L to R: will.i.am, Taboo, apl.de.ap, Fergie.[[/note]]]]

->''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 composed 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/EazyE of Music/{{NWA}} 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,[[note]]Not to be confused with the wife of Prince Andrew[[/note]] formerly of the girl group Wild Orchid. 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.

* ''Behind the Front'' (1998)
* ''Bridging the Gap'' (2000)
* ''Elephunk'' (2004)
* ''Monkey Business'' (2005)
* ''[[NewSoundAlbum The E.N.D.]]'' (2009)
* ''The Beginning'' (2010)
!!Tropes found in their music include:
* AlbumTitleDrop: "Pump It"
-->Girls be all on us from London back down to the US\\
S-S, we rocking it (contagious)\\
'''Monkey business''' (outrageous)
* AnalogyBackfire: "Imma Be", in which sperm banks are for withdrawals only, and not deposits.
* AutoTune
* [[BaldOfAwesome Buzzcut of Awesome]]: Taboo, since 2015. The reason why he shaved his long black hair off was due to battling testicular cancer at the time and has since got into remission, which he stated in a November 2016 [[http://people.com/music/black-eyed-peas-taboo-cancer-exclusive/ interview]] with ''People''.
* 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 version became so ubiquitous that quite few people don't know the original name of the song.
** "Hey Mama" was also edited quite a bit for the radio.
*** "The true niggas know that the Peas come through" was changed to "the true ''people'' know...".
*** "And then drop bombs like we in the Middle East" was changed to "and then drop bombs 'cuz we shaking to the beat".
*** "Don't wanna squeeze triggers, just wanna squeeze tits" edited out "tits" and replaced it with a [[TheImmodestOrgasm female moan]], of all things.
* 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"
* [[FiveTokenBand Four-Token Band]]: African American will.i.am, Afro-Filipino apl.de.apl, Native American/Hispanic Taboo and Caucasian/Mexican/Native American Fergie.
* 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]] while eliciting shrugs from anyone who doesn't understand Tagalog.
** 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]][[note]]Actually Fergie is of European, Mexican and Native American descent, so ButNotTooWhite.[[/note]]
* 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 WebVideo/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: [[Franchise/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".
* SkyscraperMessages: The music video for "Where Is The Love?" has lights spell out a question mark.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple
* 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.
* UnusualEuphemism: "Let's Get Retarded," the lesser-known original version of what would become "Let's Get It Started." To "get retarded" is another term for getting drunk and having careless fun (basically what the expression "get turned up" became), [[OrphanedReference hence the line]] "Let's get ig'nant, let's get hectic." It's safe to assume [[ValuesDissonance why the band isn't too bothered by this version being forgotten]].
* 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.
* VocalTagTeam: Both Fergie and will.i.am have had several turns on lead vocals, while apl.de.ap and Taboo sometimes throw in a rap too.