It’s hard to believe there was a time when the Black Eyed Peas weren’t the KISS of “hip-pop.” Sure, at some point, after Kim Hill left, the main trio likely wondered, hey, what if we just made all the money ever? And so they became the musical equivalent of the Despicable Me minions.
But it wasn’t always like that. I mean, hell, they played Warped Tour in ‘99. The group came out with two hip-hop albums, Behind The Front and Bridging The Gap, before Fergie joined in 2002 and their takeover of every televised event and mall speaker system kicked into high gear.
Now, without Fergie, who’s off doing her own thing,, will.i.am, apl.de.ap, and Taboo return to their roots with a catchy ode to old-school rap, name-dropping everyone from Ice-T to N.W.A. and recreating famous hip-hop albums—De La Soul, Wu-Tang Clan, and Public Enemy, to name a few—impersonating their favorites along the way. Most importantly, though, this Black Eyed Peas song is good.