In the beginning of their career, The Group faced some problems. Their first album, “Grass Roots”, was never released as Ruthless did not consider the social themes mirrored in the group’s music to be marketable to their listeners. The Group was renamed as Black Eyed Pods by Atban Klann. However, Finally it was decided to name it Black Eyed Peas, because – as will.i.am stated on the front cover of the Monkey Business album, “Black Eyed Peas are food for the soul”. There were also changes made in the team of the band. The band replaced their original third member with Taboo real name Jaime Gomez, plus had Kim Hill as a steady background singer. Contrary to many hip-hop acts, they opt to perform with a live band and chose a musical and clothing style that wildly different from the “Gangsta Rap” sounds of other Los Angeles-based hip-hop acts at the time.
Most of the performances of the band were exhibited in the local club circuit since the mid-’90s beside fellow acts like Ozomatli and Jurassic 5. Then they launched their second album named Bridging the Gap in 2000. This album contained the hit “Request + Line” featuring Macy Gray. In 2003, they released their third album, Elephunk which proved to be a superhit. Importantly, The lovely voice of Stacy “Fergie” was featured in this album.From this very album the anti-war anthem “Where is the Love?” came. (possible protest against the Iraq war which began the same year the song was released. in 2003) featuring an unaccredited Justin Timberlake that proved the band’s first major hit, mounting at #8 on the US Hot 100, in addition topping the charts almost everywhere else, counting six weeks at #1 in the UK where it was the biggest-selling single of 2003.
Another great song of “Elephunk” was “Shut Up” that ranked at #2 in the UK. However, One of the critic commented on this song as “the single most vacuous, pointless, vile and generally loathsome song in a generation”) and topped the charts in many other European countries including France and Germany. Elephunk was an international success and went gold and platinum in the US, UK, Germany and other European markets. The third single from the album, although significantly restyled from the original Elephunk version, “Hey Mama” hit the Top 10 in the UK, Germany and other European countries and reached #23 in the US.
The Black Eyed Peas continued enjoying their work and wrote many new songs.Their next album, Monkey Business, was released on June 7, 2005. The first single of the album, “Don’t Phunk with My Heart”, was an instant hit in the U.S., going to number three on the Billboard Hot 100. This song rested on the highest pinnacle yet of their career and they brought home another Grammy for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group. The song also became three in the UK, and five in Canada, and number one in Australia. Though it also earned some criticism due to its obscenity. Another song form the same album “My Humps”, instantly achieved commercial success in the U.S. and reasonable substantial radio play regardless of the sexually suggestive lyrics; also reaching number three on the Billboard Hot 100. Black Eyed Peas released an iTunes Originals play list of their greatest hits in Sept 2005, as well as some that were re-recorded especially for purchase through iTunes. The play list involved popular songs like “Don’t Lie”, “Shut Up” plus a new version of “Where Is the Love?”
It is worth mentioning here that Black Eyed Peas also involved themselves in the social welfare services. They established the Pea Pod Foundation to help suffering children globally. The foundation is administered by the Entertainment Industry Foundation. On February 6, 2006, At a concert in Hollywood, California the band was joined by Sergio Mendes, Jessica Simpson, and other stars to benefit the foundation.
Keeping in view of the modern trends, Black Eyed Peas also produced a remix album, named “Renegotiations” on March 21, 2006. It is actually the Remixes” to iTunes. It includes remixed versions of Ba Bump, My Style, Feel It, Disco Club, They Don’t Want Music, Audio Delite at Low Fidelity, plus also the standard version and video of “Like That”. And the next week it was released on CD without the music video. Others who took part in it were on the EP included DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Erick Sermon, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and Large Professor.