Wednesday, April 27, 2011
My American Cultural Studies (ACS) Subject Task
Electro Hop – Famous Band
One of the famous band related to this music genre is the Black Eyed Peas.
a)BLACK EYED PEAS - BACKGROUND AND EVOLUTION
The Black Eyed Peas date back to 1988, when eighth-graders William Adams (will.i.am) and Allan Pineda (apl.de.ap) met and began rapping and performing together around Los Angeles. Further performances made by both them lead Taboo or his real name Jaime Luis Gómez to join the group. In 1998 they released their first album entitled “Behind the Front” which made them visible throughout the states. After their first success, once again they released their new album named “Bridging the Gap” in the next two years. In 2003, their group became more influential for the joining of Fergie which acts as a flower to the group. In the same year, they released their third album “Elephunk”. Fergie made their album more successful as they emphasize on different type of music in that particular album. As a result, they are well-known throughout the world. At this time, their first single in that album, “Where is the love?” ranked #8 in the U.S Hot 100. Their popularity only took them less than one year to produce their fourth album. “Monkey Business” was officially released to the public in the year 2005. Their effort did not stop there, where in 2009 and 2010 they released two albums in each year. They released “The E.N.D” (Energy Never Dies) in 2009 and “The Beginning” in 2010. Up until today, Black Eyed Peas plays a major role in developing hop-related music and influences much in the music industry.
b) BLACK EYED PEAS – MEMBERS BIBLIOGRAPHY
William James Adams Jr., was born on March 15, 1975 in East Los Angeles, California, better known by his stage name will.i.am(will-i-am) and occasionally by his other stage name Zuper Blahq, is an American rapper, musician, songwriter, singer, actor and producer. Will.i.am came to prominence in the 1990s as a member of the hip hop group, The Black Eyed Peas along with rappers apl.de.ap and Taboo and, later, singer Fergie. As a music producer, he has produced with other artists including Michael Jackson, Britney Spears ,Rihanna, and Usher.
Allan Pineda Lindo, Jr. was born on November 28, 1974 in Sapang Bato, Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines, to a Filipino mother and an African American father and is better known by his stage name apl.de.ap. He is a rapper and record producer and is best known as a member of the The Black Eyed Peas. He studied in Holy Angel University. Apl.de.ap started performing with The Black Eyed Peas at Outside Lands in 2009. Apl.de.ap is working on a solo album.
Jaime Luis Gómez was born on July 14, 1975, in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, California, the son of Aurora Sifuentes and Jimmy Gomez. His parents were Mexican American, and he also has Shoshone American Indian ancestry on his mother's side. He is better known by his stage name Taboo is a rapper and actor best known as a member of the hip hop group, The Black Eyed Peas. In music career, he joined The Black Eyed Peas in 1995. His group mates; apl.de.ap, will.i.am, and Robert Byrne were originally in a group called Atban Klann, but changed the name after changing record labels. Taboo is known for his capoeira-inspired dance moves (he is a practitioner of Jeet Kune Do concepts) and an eclectic style of dress. Taboo is in the process of creating a solo album, T.A.B.O.O.
Stacy Ann Ferguson was born on March 27, 1975 in Hacienda Heights, California, better known by her stage name Fergie, is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, fashion designer and actress. She is from Irish, Scottish, Mexican (from a great-grandmother), and Native American descent. She is the female vocalist for the hip hop group, The Black Eyed Peas with whom she has attained charting success worldwide. Fergie joined The Black Eyed Peas and with The Black Eyed Peas, she enjoyed a series of hits and albums before releasing her debut album, The Dutchess, in September 2006 to similar success. As Fergie's five solo singles and six singles with the Black Eyed Peas have reached two million downloads in the United States, Fergie is the artist with most two-million sellers as of January 2011.
c) BLACK EYED PEAS – DISCOGRAPHY
This is some of the list of their album:
Behind the Front (1998)
Bridging the Gap (2000)
Monkey Business (2005)
The E.N.D. (2009)
The Beginning (2010)
d) BLACK EYED PEAS – ACHIEVEMENTS
The Black Eyed Peas have won totally 80 awards and they have had 116 nominations. They have won 6 Grammy Awards-(16 nominations), and too many others. They have been nominated in awards like : Billboard Music Awards, Brit Awards, People's Choice Awards, MTV Video Music Awards Japan, International Dance Music Awards, Billboard Awards, ARIA Awards.