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'Monkey Buisness' features 16 tracks, including collaborations with godfather of soul James Brown ("they don't want music"), Justin Timberlake ("My Style") and Sting ("Union"), 'Monkey Business' Spans a hip-hop spectrum from pop to surf to soul. Recorded in Los Angeles, New York, Piladelphia, London, Miami and even the peas' tour bus and a Japanese bullet train! The album was produced largely by The first single 'Don't Phunk With My Heart' samples Lisa Lisa & The Cult Jam's 'I Wonder If I Take You Home'. AM. 2005

As with their last hit, Elephunk, Black Eyed Peas' new disc Monkey Business is a joyful cross-genre journey with musical props to hip-hop, rock, folk, funk, and pop. The reason the Black Eyed Peas have audience appeal that crosses over many styles is because the band members are such obvious fans of diverse music. Nowhere is this more apparent than on Monkey Business’s high-profile guest list. After Justin Timberlake’s contribution to the massive "Where Is the Love" breakout hit from Elephunk, their inclusion of big names once again was a smart, respectful move on the part of the band as well as their guests. "My Style" is Timberlake’s BEP foray number two; while the song is funky pop fun, those looking to hear Justin in the forefront are likely to be disappointed, as his vocals are mixed evenly, no sweet soulful solos this time. Other guests of note are Jack Johnson, who cowrote the bling-bashing "Gone Going," Sting on "Union" (sonically inspired by the former Police-man’s "Englishman in New York"), while funk legend James Brown contributes to a scorching soul track dubbed "They Don’t Want Music." The contribution of female vocalist Fergie--who joined the band partway through their last CD--has raised up considerably on the band’s fourth disc, their second as a quartet. Sassily fronting her way through songs like "My Humps," the "Hey Mama"-esque "Dum Diddly" and the first single "Don’t Phunk With My Heart," Fergie’s melodic contributions make for a record that will likely be heard by wider audiences than ever, making this a truly accessible ‘hip-pop’ CD. --Denise Sheppard

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  2. Don't Phunk With My Heart 3:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
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  • Audio CD (June 7, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: June 7, 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B00096S3RC
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (454 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,460 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jua Q'uino on July 18, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Some people expect hip-hop to be confined in the tight spaces of "50 Cent," "Eminem," and the current trend of "crunk" hip-hop; fortunately for us, the Black Eyed Peas are not willing to be defined in the current state of hip-hop. They are themselves and yet continuing to bend and stretch into new boundaries. That is what makes the Black Eyed Peas special. It is also makes this album much more special.

When Elephunk came out, there was much dismay over the addition of Fergie and the seeming thrust into the mainstream for the Black Eyed Peas. Who knows how Fergie came about as a group member but it was obvious that she was welcomed and loved by the boys as well as the masses. What made her addition special is that she was not going to be the "new" member but rather an equal partner in the group. She was not relegated to being a backup singer but a true memebr of the band. Good for her, good for the boys, great for all of them. It makes you wonder how it is okay for men to change and grow into new areas (such as Andre from Outkast) but when a woman can create change for a group, it is seen as selling out. It would seem that some people's attitudes towards Fergie is rather sexist.

For me, the egalitarian partnership is "formulatively" refined in "Monkey Business" with applause. Witht he hip-hop scene relegated to either trendy Reggaeton (sp?), the tiresome "bling-hop," and "crunk," it is great to hear a hip-hop band stretch the boundaries into new areas. The album is simply fun and it takes you everywhere. I love it. There is a little bit of everything of everybody and everybody different moods.
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114 of 146 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 7, 2005
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A big phunky follow up to 2003's Elephunk from a group that invented and perfected a revolutionary new hip hop beat. With their trademark crazy lyrics, irresistible dance beats and catchy hooks, along with their unmistakable appeal and charisma,,, Taboo and Fergie come across as fresh, different, and let's face it, interesting.

The album blasts off with an aptly named heart-pumper called "Pump It", and then smoothly slides into their first hit "Don't Phunk With My Heart", a dance floor conquering song. The next single may well be "My Style", thanks to the input of Justin Timberlake who was a lucky charm on the last album with "Where is the Love?"

The funniest song of the album is "My Humps", and another good one is "Dum Diddley" which adapts a Caribbean beat similar to Akon's "Belly Dancer". For a '70s trip down memory lane you can try "Feel It", and for a real old time funk experience you can't beat "They Don't Want Music" featuring the one and only James Brown.

Another interesting combination can be found on "Gone Going Gone" with Jack Johnson, and Sting's input on "Union" is unmistakable for anyone familiar with his "Englishman in New York".

Coming behind "Elephunk" this one does not disappoint, and is an "Audio Delite" at any fidelity.

Amanda Richards, June 7, 2005
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59 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Ken Fontenot VINE VOICE on June 8, 2005
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If "Elephunk" introduced the Black Eyed Peas to multiple genres of listeners, then "Monkey Business" is definitely the wake-up call for those lagging behind. With influences from pop, hip-hop, R&B, soul and roots music, BEP have melded their four minds together to make one heck of an album.

It's a definite step-up from "Elephunk," offering new and varied sounds on each song on the album. The initial release is "Don't Phunk With My Heart." It bridges the gap between "Elephunk" and "Monkey Business" but has a hard driving, almost techno feel to it. "Pump It" is probably my favorite song on this disc, being that it has some killer Dick Dale guitar loops in it. I wonder how many BEP fans actually know who Dick Dale is? Also, Justin Timberlake appears here again, but the real gems, the important ones, are James Brown and Sting. The Godfather of Soul lends some funk to "They Don't Want Music," another of my favorites that targets the modern music listener who doesn't really want music, just a beat to move to. "Bebot" is another cool tune on this disc.

The entire album is solid, no filler to be found.

If you enjoy funk, hip-hop, pop, or even a little surfer music, "Monkey Business" has a little of all of that here. Like I stated before, this is definitely an improvement on "Elephunk," because it will surely meet a larger audience AND the BEP won't sound like sell-outs. That's a hard thing to do these days.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Dave on June 7, 2005
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Sure, this CD isn't a a lot like the older BEP albums but it still packs a punch. The highlight for me was the amazing variety in the tracklist... pure hip hop, pop, funk... the diversity displayed by the group and the way it's all put together is fantastic.

1. Pump It - This first track packs a punch, using an old Dick Dale sample you'll probably recognise from the Pulp Fiction soundtrack. 9/10

2. Don't Phunk With My Heart - First single release, solid tune if a little poppy. 9/10

3. My Style - featuring JT but more hip hop sounding this time. I like the beat on this one a lot 9/10

4. Don't Lie - One of my favourites, though probably not with those who prefer the old BEP style. An almost-calypso style beat and kinda catchy hook. I imagine this will be a future release. 10/10

5. My Humps - Lyrically, one of the weaker tunes but Fergie shines on this one in comparison with her previous songs. 7/10

6. Like That - Brilliant hip-hop tune featuring Kweli, Q-Tip, John Legend and Cee Lo. Talib Kweli kills it. 10/10

7. Dum Diddly - Sounds a lot like Hey Mama from Elephunk. Will probably be released, I reckon it'll be played out in clubs. 8/10

8. Feel It - Nice, laid back tune. Car radio material. :P

9. Gone Going - The Peas show their diversity here with an acoustic guitar sample. Jack Johnson supplies the hook and some great lyrics about material possessions. 9/10

10. They Don't Want Music - Funky track with legend, James Brown. Another favourite. 10/10

11. Disco Club - Darker beat than most of the rest of the CD on this track. Solid track. 8/10

12. Bebot - Odd track all in Phillipino. Good vibes but I've yet to find a translation. I'm feeling this one though.
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