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Black Eyed Peas 6/30/1998


Black Eyed Peas bring some positivity and fun back into hip-hop. Musically there is almost no realm this group does not touch -- right from the jump, the stylistic innocence of "Fallen Up," complete with striking guitar licks, sums up what BEP is all about. They attack the so-called hardcore MCs playing the role of dress-up: "I see you try to dis our function by stating that we can't rap/Is it cuz we don't wear Tommy Hilfiger or baseball caps?/We don't use dollars to represent/We just use our innocence and talent." The wonderfully crafted, old-school-influenced first single, "Joints and Jam," is perfect for the summertime frame of mind. With "Karma" they explore the notion of reaping what you sow. "Love Won't Wait" is a simultaneous infusion of R&B and hip-hop, as the group deals with a deteriorating romance. But the undisputed champ of this recording is "Positivity" -- you can't help but reminisce about yesteryear's MCs kicking conscious lyrics to educate the hip-hop masses. "Nowadays it's hard to make a living/But easy to make a killing/Cuz people walk around with just one inch of feeling/I feeling nauseated from your evil drug dealing/Blood spilling, the definition of top billing." In all honesty, the MCs who make up BEP -- Taboo, Will, and A8 -- are not going to be confused as being super-lyrical by any means. But their chemistry and insightful, original topic matter is used with enough efficiency to mask that slight blemish. ~ Matt Conaway
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Fallin' Up Black Eyed Peas 5:9
  3. 2 Clap Your Hands Black Eyed Peas 4:57
  4. 3 Joints & Jam Black Eyed Peas 3:34
  5. 4 The Way U Make Me Feel Black Eyed Peas 4:20
  6. 5 Movement Black Eyed Peas 4:43
  7. 6 Karma Black Eyed Peas 4:28
  8. 7 Be Free Black Eyed Peas 4:7
  9. 8 Say Goodbye Black Eyed Peas 4:2
  10. 9 Duet Black Eyed Peas 4:22
  11. 10 Communication Black Eyed Peas 5:41
  12. 11 What It Is Black Eyed Peas 4:46
  13. 12 ¿Que Dices? Black Eyed Peas 4:2
  14. 13 A8 Black Eyed Peas 3:52
  15. 14 Love Won't Wait Black Eyed Peas 3:35
  16. 15 Head Bobs Black Eyed Peas 4:15
  17. 16 Positivity Black Eyed Peas 8:5

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