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Monkey Business

The Black Eyed PeasAudio CD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (434 customer reviews)

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listen  2. Don't Phunk With My Heart 3:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. My Style [feat. Justin Timberlake] 4:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Don't Lie 3:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. My Humps 5:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Like That 4:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Dum Diddly [feat. Dante Santiago] 4:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Feel It 4:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Gone Going 3:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. They Don't Want Music [feat. James Brown] 6:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Disco Club 3:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Bebot 3:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
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In an era of an ever-changing music industry that's defined by diminishing expectation, where a "successful" career means having one, maybe two hit records; The Black Eyed Peas are a glorious exception. They have become one of the best selling, most popular and most innovative groups for over a decade. They have transformed themselves from a beloved backpack rap troop from the ... Read more in Amazon's The Black Eyed Peas Store

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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: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (434 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,249 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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'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 Will.i.am. 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

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovin' Monkeyin' Around 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. From the inclusion of raggae, dancehall, trip-hop, jazz, old soul, it invigorates a rather dead hip-hop scene.
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113 of 145 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes! I Want Music! June 7, 2005
Format:Audio CD
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, will.i.am, apl.de.ap, 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Broader Horizons 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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5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING VARIETY June 7, 2005
By Dave
Format:Audio CD
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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4.0 out of 5 stars cool
I have several favorites on this CD. They did not disappoint on this one. Very cool songs that are relevant today but; the lyrics will make sense later with out a history lesson.
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Had no problems and arrives at my house as promised. I love TBEP! The first of many that i plan to buy.
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I totally love The Blacked Peas, I use this whole album to work out on and it gives me loads and loads of energy and speed when I am jogging or doing strength training. Read more
Published 12 months ago by The Music Freak
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD.
The CD came to me in a timely manner and with no harm done to it. The CD also came the same day as others which was a great thing.
Published 12 months ago by Sara Marie Rodriguez
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Published 13 months ago by Sairazulema_@hotmail
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this CD
The music allows me to lose myself from my usual stick the mud kind of self and I get to be free when I play it. Great beat, great rhythm, great music period!
Published 15 months ago by TERESA STARRETT
5.0 out of 5 stars BEP fan
I am still wondering why it took me so long to get this cd, it came in great condtion, and is an awesome cd.
Published 16 months ago by Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
This album is one of their best. We love it, can't get enough it. My son is a Black Eyes Peas fan so this just adds to the collection and he is loving the album.
Published 18 months ago by IAEG2012
5.0 out of 5 stars The Black Eyed Peas: Monkey Business
this is a great cd it is fun and enjoyable to listen to. the best songs on this cd are

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1. Pump It
2. Don't Phunk with My Heart
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Published 20 months ago by David A. Smith
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I purchased this Cd and it was in perfect condition.I recieved it in a timely manner that was expected.No scratches to the case.
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