Saturday, January 06, 2007

PINOY PRIDE: Black Eyed Peas

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During Black Eyed Peas' concert tour in Asia in 2004, Apl.de.ap's life story was featured in a weekly Filipino TV drama special called Maalaala Mo Kaya (Will You Remember), which explained his childhood with his poor family in Pampanga, Philippines, back then when he was teased as "baluga" (a derogatory word for Negro), before sadly parting with them to live a better life in the US at the age of 14. "The Apl Song", with the chorus written in Tagalog, a dialect of the Philippines, from their album Elephunk, tells the story of Apl.de.ap. The Tagalog lyrics and backing melody were based on the song "Balita", an original composition of the 1970s Filipino folk rock group Asin. The group produced an exclusive video of the song whose distribution coincided with their tour of the Philippines as part of their album promotion.
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Black Eyed Peas' song "Let's Get Retarded" was restyled as "Let's Get It Started" for an NBA Finals worldwide commercial. New, less offensive, lyrics gave the tune a basketball theme, as opposed to the original's theme dealing with getting heavily intoxicated and partying, this spot featured Carlos Santana. The revised song had great success as a single, particularly on the iTunes music download service. The song earned the group a 2005 Grammy for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group Black Eyed Peas were then featured in The Urbz: Sims in the City videogame as characters. They re-recorded "Let's Get it Started" and "Shut Up" as well as other songs in "simlish", the language used by 'The Sims' characters, for the game also.
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With him in the picture is Stacy Ann Ferguson (born March 27, 1975), professionally known as Fergie, is an American pop and R&B singer, songwriter, and occasional actress. She is a former member of Kids Incorporated, Wild Orchid, co-host of the TV show Great Pretenders, and is a vocalist of The Black Eyed Peas. She is currently pursuing a solo career and released her first solo album, The Dutchess, in 2006.
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3 comments:

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Owen FV said...

for the longest time, I had been declining to buy Black Eyed Peas musics as Hip Hop music is not really my genre. But last week, when I was in manila, I finally gave in. Their music really make me proud as a pinoy.

Anonymous said...

My daughter, who is a special needs child, loved the song "Let's Get It Started" whenever it first came out on the radio. She loved it so much and I loved her laughter when it played that I ran out and bought the CD. First song I put it to was what I thought to be as "Let's Get It Started". After hearing the version "Let's Get Retarded", I was appauled. Even though the words didn't actually mean as they sounded it sickened me that a music group would to this. I took the CD back to WalMart and explained the reason why it was being returned. The lady there told me they don't normally take back opened CD's but given my reasoning, and because she agreed, she refunded me. From that point on I've never played the song again, and when this group comes onto the radio I immediately switch the channel. Sorry, just sounds like they are saying it's okay to classify people in the "retarded" catagory, whether that's the meaning behind the song or not...I believe it's wrong.

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