YMMV / The Black Eyed Peas

  • Better Than Canon: In addition to the better instrumentation, "Let's Get It Started" is significantly more popular than "Let's Get Retarded" for removing the lyrics that use mental illness as a metaphor for getting drunk and partying (the title and "Bop your head like epilepsy" to "...like me, Apl.de").
  • Critical Dissonance: This is especially true for their song "My Humps", which was savaged by critics but still managed to become exceedingly popular and even won the 2007 Grammy Award for "Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal", in addition to the music video winning a VMA for "Best Hip-Hop Music Video."
    • Incredibly enough, The E.N.D wasn't very well-received, but the album singles were.
  • Ear Worm: Hear any song by them, and it will play in your head all day long!
    • Ahem, 'BOOM BOOM.
    • 'Where is the love? Where is the love?"
  • Face of the Band: Either Fergie or will.i.am. Good luck finding an average fan that knows the names of apl.de.ap and Taboo.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: To the Filipinos. Mainly because apl.de.ap influenced two songs by the band featuring Tagalog lyrics (Bebot and The APL Song), and about being a Filipino.
  • Irony: The 2005 song 'Gone Going' is about an artist who used to write meaningful songs, and now produces shallow, meaningless songs about wealth and partying after making it big. Fast forward a few years, and the Black Eyed Peas can be described very similarly.
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks: The group when comparing to before after adding Fergie to the lineup, which is when they switched to a more pop oriented sound and became more commercially successful.
  • I Am the Band: Will I Am's performance at the Silver Jubilee kind of confirmed this!
  • Moment of Awesome: The Peas' manager punching out Perez Hilton. There's also their performance at Super Bowl XLV, where they drop onto the stage from the ceiling.
  • Memetic Mutation: Imma Be. See the Mondegreen entry below for more information.
  • Mondegreen: Many people misheard the chorus of "Imma Be" as "I'm a bee".
  • Narm: will.i.am claiming "[he] be rockin' dem BEATZ!!!!1" on Boom Boom Pow, over a repetitive, tepid and rather beat free beat counts.
  • One-Scene Wonder: In the video for "The Time (Dirty Bit)" there is a very memorable dancer who writhes for about 15 seconds who has the unfortunate tendency to be unintentionally hilarious.
  • Painful Rhyme: Their later albums are chock full of verses where every line rhymes words that end in either "-tion"/"-sion", "-ing" "-een", "-er", "-ay" or "-o". This leads to excruciating lines on The Beginning, such as "audio and visual, can't see me  invisible" and "this shit's money nigga this shit green / this shit's frightening  Hallowe'en."
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: The Black Eyed Peas Experience, a pale attempt to capitalize on the Just Dance craze.
  • Sampled Up: "Misirlou" by "Pump It" (Dick Dale is not amused), as well as Sexual Harassment's "I Need A Freak" by "My Humps". The latter of the two was the subject of a lawsuit that began even several years before the song's release due to the sample being used without authorization.
  • Signature Song: "I Gotta Feeling". For their solo careers, Fergie has "Big Girls Don't Cry" while will.i.am has "Scream & Shout".
  • Snark Bait: They're derided as everything wrong with EDM-pop-rap today. Though as they have went on hiatus, Pitbull seems to have replaced them in this regard.
  • So Bad, It's Good: "My Humps", at least for the lyrics alone.
  • Tear Jerker: Meet Me Halfway. It was actually noted by some critics that although she does not have a phenomenal vocal range, the emotion in Fergie's voice makes the vocals quite powerful.
    • The beginning of the "Just Can't Get Enough" video. Made even worse that the video was filmed a week before the earthquake and tsunami.
  • Uncanny Valley: The video for "Boom Boom Pow".
  • Values Dissonance: "Let's Get Retarded" was just about acceptable enough in the early 00s that although it had no chance of getting on radio, it didn't get too much backlash after they changed the title. If a band had released a song with that title these days, their career would die overnight.

Alternative Title(s): Black Eyed Peas

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