With their blend of hip hop/pop/funk, the LA-based foursome (will.i.am, apl.de.ap, Taboo and Fergie) have dominated the charts these past six years with a long list of singalong sassy singles that make you want dance your blinged-up pants off.
From their breakthrough Album Elephunk (2003) came Where Is The Love – the best selling single of that year. This was followed by a host of chart-topping gems including Shut Up, Let’s Get It Started, My Humps (a rather dubious ditty relating to Fergie’s lady bits), Pump It and the more recent Boom Boom Pow and number one I Gotta Feeling.
These songs are so hot that they should carry a health warning. So hot, in fact, that Fergie once actually peed her pants live on stage to cool down. We kid you not.
Pea-ing aside, what makes this gang so special is that they’ve rejected the predictable gangsta styling of other West Coast rappers (think N.W.A., Ice-T, 2Pac, Snoop Doggy Dogg and, ahem, MC Hammer) and have a totally fresh (geddit?) approach encompassing world peace and social consciousness. Basically, they are deep, OK?
So full respect to the crew – we salute you.