The Black Eyed Peas, Monkey Business

The Black Eyed Peas, Monkey Business (2005)

Monkey Business is shallow and corny, an overproduced and derivative simulacrum of pop-rap in the post-Coolio era. If most of the album – particularly “My Humps,” with Fergie’s icky display of her “lady lumps” – isn’t very sophisticated, at least BEP brings together Q-Tip, John Legend, and Cee-Lo for “Like That,” a charming roundelay that hearkens back to the precocious innocence of hip-hop culture in ways that the rest of this disc lacks. “My Humps” and “Don’t Phunk With My Heart” were monster hits, marking the Black Eyed Peas as the definitive makers of 2000s novelty pop. BEP mastermind produced most of the tracks. A&M Records.

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