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Behind the Front
Black Eyed Peas
Behind the Front
Genres: Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop
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The Black Eyed Peas' debut, Behind the Front, may sound thoroughly familiar: like A Tribe Called Quest, they sprout positive, deftly delivered lyrics out of their light jazz, R&B, and funk tracks; like the Roots, this mult...  more »


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All Artists: Black Eyed Peas
Title: Behind the Front
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 3
Label: Interscope Records
Original Release Date: 6/30/1998
Release Date: 6/30/1998
Album Type: Explicit Lyrics
Genres: Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop
Styles: West Coast, Experimental Rap, Pop Rap
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 606949015220, 0606949015220, 0602527065038, 606949015213

The Black Eyed Peas' debut, Behind the Front, may sound thoroughly familiar: like A Tribe Called Quest, they sprout positive, deftly delivered lyrics out of their light jazz, R&B, and funk tracks; like the Roots, this multi-ethnic outfit's three MCs drop science in front of a live band that builds its grooves organically; and at their best, such as on the pop and reggae-flavored "Karma," the group can out-Fugee the Fugees. For some reason, though, the mostly mild, largely scratchless and sample-free record can--at times--be downright tepid. But for the most part, it works--sometimes brilliantly--and as a break from the mostly belligerent voices in hip-hop's mainstream, we can definitely use more of what the Peas have to offer. --Roni Sarig

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Black Eyed Peas is known for gettin' down
Alan Pounds | Minneapolis, MN | 11/12/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was first exposed to Black Eyed Peas from their newest effort, 2003's "Elephunk". I dug on it quite a bit, enough to explore their earlier records. "Behind the Front," to my surprise, is much better than I expected. "Elephunk" pales in comparison to their debut in many ways. The beats are solid, funky and fresh, topped with well-timed samples. The biggest difference is in the lyrical content. The socially conscious lyrics on this album are positive, fun and laid back. It's uniquely funky, and keeps you coming back for more.

The first track on the album "Fallin' Up" starts it off right, representing what Black Eyed Peas is all about. Especially with the lyric: "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." Other standouts include "Clap Your Hands," their old-school-influenced first single, "Joints and Jam," "The Way U Make Me Feel," "Karma," "Love Won't Wait," and "Positivity".

All and all, The Black Eyed Peas shine here, really showing their old-school hip influenced talent. They change it up nicely with a fun and positive feel and attitude. I would recommend this one above "Elephunk" for sure."
Da' Peas Pre-Fergie Debut and One Of Their Best To Date!
MUZIK4THAPEOPLE!! | Orlando, FL | 01/18/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The first time I ever saw The Black Eyed Peas incredible
live show was in the summer of 1998 in NYC, and the
next day I was at the Virgin Megastore buying this album.."Behind The Front"!!
I was hooked and turned everyone I knew on to them!
This was (to me) when "Da' Peas" were at their best...
before the addition of Fergie and that sing-songy
commercial BS that they do now!
I love everything on this CD, including the little
game-show-like snipets which link the songs together.
It was funky, funny, trippy, hip-hop and even though
alot of people say they had too much "Tribe Called Quest"
in their sound at the time, if you had seen them live back
then you would've known that "Da' Peas" had their own
thing brewin' in a big way!
I would take this one and their follow-up
"Bridging The Gap" over their new stuff any
day of the week!
Okay--"Elephunk" was cool for the most part,
but they were already diluting their funk by then
and were actively seeking a pop audience.
From the new set, aptly named "Monkey Business",
the only one that really moves me is "Don't Lie"
but the rest puts me to sleep!
4-Real!--If you want to feel what BEP was about,
then "Behind The Front" and "Bridging The Gap"
are the ones baby!
Incidentally, there were some hot videos from those
two CD's which got little airplay on MTV, BET or VH-1.
Why do you have to sell your artistic soul and dull
your creativity these days to get acceptance in the pop world?

Criminally underrated album
Mark Amasuga | azusa, ca | 02/08/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Black Eyed Peas (before they became huge) used to be good. Really good. 'Behind the Front' is quite simply one of the best pure hip-hop albums I've heard in my lifetime. The beats are incredibly catchy, yet they're not the typical kind of recycled beat garbage you hear on their Elephunk and Monkey Business albums. These beats are fresh, lively. I would heartily recommend this album to ANYONE. Not just lovers of hip hop. Anyone who enjoys really groovy beats and adequate lyrics will love this album.

I suppose I can't blame BEP for selling out. Their first two albums were great, but they were getting no exposure, so they did what needed to be done (added Fergie and started putting out garbage) in order to make money. I'll just always wonder what might have been...."