Monkey Business

Monkey Business

by The Black Eyed PeasThe Black Eyed Peas

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record)

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The Black Eyed Peas were just a quirky, if critically acclaimed, trio of break-dancing rappers from L.A.'s underground rap scene until former Wild Orchid singer Fergie joined the group and they released the organically groovy Elephunk, which catapulted the Peas into the mainstream. Chock-full of improvisational breaks and genre-defying tracks, the album was more hipster than hip-hop. And their follow-up, Monkey Business, follows that multi-platinum blueprint to a tee. Produced primarily by head Pea, the disc boasts a festive energy that's best displayed on up-tempo cuts like "Pump It" and "Disco Club." But it's the James Brown–assisted "They Don't Want Music," dissecting the industry's fascination with the bottom line instead of the bass line, that kicks the party-hearty album into high gear. Yet the multicultural quartet reveal their many shades by balancing out the groove-fest with more substantive tracks like the somber "Gone Going," featuring Dante Santiago, which discusses the insignificance of fame without love, and the politically charged "Union," featuring Sting, which calls for racial equality throughout the world. Ultimately, the Peas' socially charged messages are what separate them from other rappers sowing the same fields. Even though they tend to monkey around on the mic, they always find time to get down to business. Anslem Samuel

Product Details

Release Date: 06/07/2005
Label: A&M
UPC: 0602498825884
catalogNumber: 000434101
Rank: 38920

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Black Eyed Peas   Primary Artist
Sting   Bass,Vocals
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Sid Page   Violin
Tippa Irie   Background Vocals
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Jacqueline Brand   Violin
Mino Cinelu   Percussion
Brian Dembow   Viola
Joel Derouin   Violin
Stephen Erdody   Cello
Ron Fair   Harmonica,Conductor
Julie Gigante   Violin
Endre Granat   Violin
Alan Grunfeld   Violin
David Low   Cello
Rene Mandel   Violin
Branford Marsalis   Saxophone
Simon Oswell   Viola
Katia Popov   Violin
Q-Tip   Rap
Cecilia Tsan   Cello
Josefina Vergara   Violin
Cynthia Morey   Background Vocals
Taboo   Vocals
Suzie Katayama   Cello
Chaos   Bass
Jeff Watkins   Saxophone
Natalie Leggett   Violin
Cee Lo Green   Vocals
Sheila Wheat   Background Vocals
Damon Wood   Guitar
Talib Kweli   Rap   Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Clavinet,Moog Synthesizer,fender rhodes
Mike Fratantuno   Bass
Roberto Cani   Violin
Justin Timberlake   Vocals
Printz Board   Synthesizer,Bass,Trumpet,Drums,Moog Synthesizer,Mellotron,fender rhodes
Sarah Thornblade   Violin
Jack Johnson   Guitar   Strings,Vocals,Clavinet
A.P.L.   Vocals
Tim Izo Orindgreff   Flute,Saxophone
Dante Santiago   Vocals,Background Vocals
Ray Brady   Guitar
Robert "Dandy" Thompson   Organ,Bass,Drums,Clavinet
Fergie   Vocals
James H. Brown   Vocals
Kevin Rudolf   Guitar
Songa Lee   Violin
John Legend   Vocals
Charlie Baccarat   Electric Violin
Jimmy Limon   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Clavinet
Victoria Miskolczy   Viola
Phillip Levy   Violin
Mario de León   Violin
Matthew Funes   Viola
Keith Harris   Percussion,Drums,Keyboards

Technical Credits

James Brown   Sample Source
Rick James   Composer
Full Force   Composer
David Payton   Composer
Larry Blackmon   Composer
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
Ron Fair   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer,String Arrangements
Lloyd Ferguson   Composer
Ted Howard   Engineer
Robert Lyn   Composer
Anthony Newley   Composer
Chris Peters   Composer
Nicholas Roubanis   Composer
Stacy Ferguson   Composer
Thomas Jenkins   Composer
Darryl Barnes   Composer
Chaos   Engineer,drum programming
Timbaland   Audio Production
Anthony Tidd   Composer
Talib Kweli   Composer
Drew Peters   Composer
Kamaal Fareed   Composer   Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,drum programming,Audio Production
Shepard Fairey   Cover Design,Logo Design
Benjamin Brown   Composer
Neil Tucker   Engineer
Justin Timberlake   Composer
Printz Board   Composer
Jean Baptiste   Composer
Dylan Dresdow   Engineer
Tal Herzberg   Engineer   drum programming
Danja Mowf   Producer
Allen Pineda   Composer
Jason Villaroman   Engineer
Ray Brady   Composer
Ethan Willoughby   Engineer
Robert "Dandy" Thompson   drum programming
Mike Jurkovac   Cover Art
Jaime A. Dávila "Tame" Gómez   Composer
Dennis Gomez   Booklet Design
Jimmy Limon   drum programming
Noize Trip   Producer
Jaime Gomez   Composer
Keith Harris   Composer
William Adams   Composer

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