How Time Sorts Things…

black_eyed_peas.jpgNormally for our Diggin' in the Crates section we highlight rare, remixed or re-imagined tracks from our favorite artists. But today's edition was posted as a general reminder of what The Black Eyed Peas were before THE CHANGE.

No slight to Fergie, who's within one degree of Rahsaan Patterson (so she's cool, right?), but when BEP first dropped, they were a different group. Tracks like "Fallin' Up" from their debut Behind the Front recalled The Pharcyde and De La Soul more than the Pop Fusion they're doing now. To be fair, not all of their most recent work leans towards Pop ("Like That" ft. Q-Tip, Cee-Lo, et al) and Will.I.Am continues to bless SoulBounce favorites like Common and Kweli, but we'd be foolish to pretend a line wasn't drawn and they didn't cross it.

To this day, Behind the Front still bumps.

Black Eyed Peas: "Joints & Jam"

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4 Responses

  1. Behind the Front, is THE Black Eyes Peas CD to have. I remember seeing them on tour with No Doubt (Return to Saturn tour, I think) performing cuts from that CD. Their energy was amazing!

  2. This was my joint. Classic.

  3. That was the first and last Black Eyed Peas CD that I bought. I can't get with the pop version of the group.

  4. I've dealt with them pre- and post-CHANGE. And while I still prefer BEP in their Behind The Front, Kim Hill prime, I've pretty much accepted them as the non-threatening populist rappers they are now. Hey, you gotta make that cheddar somehow!
    P.S. Isn't Will.I.Am a better producer than a rapper? "Hot Thing" is the craziest ish out there right now!