The Black Eyed Peas aren't your typical hip-hop artists, most evident on 'Fallin Up' from "Behind The Front," "I see you try to diss our function/stating that we can't rap/is it 'cause we don't wear Tommy Hilfiger/or baseball caps?" Although the album was overlooked, B.E.P. were fazed. They returned with their best release "Bridging The Gap" which contained some elements of "Behind The Front," but also a new twist.
Fresh off their success with "Elephunk," the Black Eyed Peas return to what could almost be described as "Elephunk: Part Two". "Monkey Business" rides the same formula from the last album but without some of the diversity. BEP has gotten away from everything they used to rap about and made "Monkey Business" a party album where every track sounds like the previous.
What we have is basically rushed pop. The lyrics are simplistic and dumbed down to appeal to the Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan fans of America. And oddly enough, we only get to hear Fergie and Will.I.Am throughout the album. You have to look very hard Taboo, and the best lyricist on the album, Apl.de.Ap, isn't even on here.
Even though it can be seen just as a dark cloud, the album does have some silver linings. The album has fifteen cuts on it, only two really worth listening to. "Like That" featuring Q-Tip, Talib Kweli, Cee-Lo and John Legend, goes away from the album's flow for something lyrically inclined and we get a chance to hear Taboo. He and Q-Tip steal the show as they tear through the beat with Will.I.Am and Kweli not far behind.
"Gone Going" featuring surfer rock artist Jack Johnson, is probably the true highlight of the album. The track tells the tale a young man trying to break into the music business and having his 15 minutes of fame fading out quickly.
Even though these two tracks are good, it doesn't help out the album's cause. It is simply one of the worst hip-hop albums that I've had to stomach. Pop fans of the world are going to love this as they can put it on and have a dance party to it, but for us hip-hop fans, it does nothing.