Black Eyed Peas' earliest connections
go back to high school, when will.i.am and apl.de.ap
were part of Tribal Nation, a breakdancing crew.
Since they both more focused on hip-hop music,
they split off and formed their own group as Atban
Klann, the acronym for A Tribe Beyond a Nation.
In 1992, the group signed a deal with Eazy-E's
Ruthless Records. Although an album was recorded,
Ruthless Records put it on hold, unsure how to
market the group. Following the death of Eazy-E
in 1995, Ruthless Records ended the deal with
will and apl then recruited another dancer/MC,
Taboo, and reappeared as Black Eyed Peas. The
group began playing shows around Los Angeles,
impressing hip-hop fans with their mike skills
and dazzling them with their footwork as well.
In 1998, Black Eyed Peas’ debut album, Behind
the Front, was released and gained acclaim, not
only for the trio of MCs, but for their live band
and backing vocalist Kim Hill as well. In 2000,
the group released their second album, Bridging
the Gap, featuring guest appearances like De La
Soul and Macy Gray.
In 2003, the group released their third album,
Elephunk, featuring a new member Fergie, who replaced
Kim Hill. The album became their biggest hit so
far, storming the Top 40 with three singles, ‘Where
Is the Love?’, ‘Hey
Get It Started’. Two years later,
the group returned with a heavily crossover album,