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They began as a hip-hop band that tried to keep their music fun, basing their sound on the records made before Gangsta Rap. They developed a loyal following, but didn't have big commercial success until they added Fergie and made their songs more radio-friendly.
The members come from stable backgrounds and have no desire to sing about gangs and violence.
Break dancers used to perform at their concerts. When they hit it big, the dancing and visuals became much more elaborate, as a few guys spinning on their heads wouldn't cut it anymore.
Fergie's real name is Stacy Ferguson. When she was young, she was on a show called Kids Incorporated, about a bunch of kids in a band.
Taboo's real name is Jamie Gomez and he is Mexican American. Apl.de.Ap's real name is Allan Pineda Lindo and he is Filipino. (thanks, Karen - Waterford, Ireland)
Will.i.am's real name is William Adams (formally known as will.1.x, his real name is William James Adams jr.). He hosted a show on MTV2 and started his own clothing line called I.Am clothing. He's a Jamaican and the producer and lead rapper of the band. He met Apl.de.ap in Tribal Nation, a breakdancing crew, in his early twenties. Together, they recruited Taboo to be the third member of the Black Eyed Peas. Fergie joined the group later in 2003's Elephunk. (thanks, Raven - Millville, UT)
Before Fergie joined, Kim Hill was in the Black Eyed Peas as a female vocalist. (thanks, Joseph - Staten Island, NY)
Apl moved to America when he was 14, and quickly became best friends with will.i.am. After forming Tribal Nation, they started a Hip-Hop group known as ATBAN Klan, which stands for "A Tribe Beyond A Nation.
Their first album Grass Roots was not released because their producer Eazy-E died of AIDS in 1995. They were then signed to A&M Records. (thanks, mollie - Philly, PA, for above 2)

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Comments:

fergie has niiiiiiiiiiicccccccccceeeeee legs
- rayvon, malibu, CA
actually taboo is from ureto rico. im adopted and im 100%puerto rican and alsowhen i went totheir concert taboo said that he was from puerto rico.
- rayvon, malibu, CA
Will.i.am was born and raised in the projects of East Los Angeles, California. I'm Jamaican and sorry but he ain't ours!
- Nikki, Mandeville, Jamaica
My twenty-month-old son's fave music video is "Hey Mama." He dances to it & just STARES at the fly girls!
- Cyberpope, Richmond, Canada
black eye peas rock my socs off my fav singers are all of them that band needed each other cause witot fergy ther is no bep1 :-D
- bubba, pueblo, CO
Trust me, apl IS Filipino, coz in several songs he says he is Filipino, especially in his own song when he raps about his life and he's says that he is from the philipines, so ya. And I'm pretty sure taboo is Mexican or something like that, but I KNOW he isn't from the philipines. Trust me, although you don't know me, just do it. Even buy the albums and see for yourself people!!!! Gosh!!!!!¡¡¡¡¡ and for those who says that taboo is Filipino, tell me what song it is from. Tell me!!!!!!¡¡¡¡ I think I'm acting like a psycho now. Sorry...I'm not going to talk anymore lol...
- Jordyn, Auckland, New Zealand
I can't stand Fergie.
I LOVE The Black Eyed Peas and i think she added a lot the that group but her as a solo artist does not fair well with me. I personally think her lyrics are pointless and her performance's live sucks. She is one of those artists that have to be digitally enhanced in order to sound good and i'm not a fan of that.
- Shaunna, Post Falls, ID
I LUV FERGIE COZ SHE ROX UR SOX!!!!!!!
IM AUSSIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I SAW DAT COMMENT FROM QUEENSLAND GO SA BUT STILL U ROCK 2 COZ UR FROM AUSTRALIA MAN NO 1 ELSE IS
- Terri-Ann, Adelaide, Australia
i am so in love with justin timberlake
- KAYLA, MIAMI, AL
i am making a cd of fergie right now!!! i love FERGIE. BUT I THINK WII.I.AM SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!
- KAYLA, MIAMI, AL
this is from my friend areil. u suck steph from san antonio, TX!!!!!!fergie is the main reason the BLACK EYED PEAS are popular!!!!
- sheena, oakhurst, CA
It is nice to hear that Allan Pineda has a Filipino roots,keep on exploring music world to unite races by your music.
- dennis, manila
I used to think Fergie was ugly..WAS I BLINDE? SHE IS G.L.A.M.O.U.S.! I LOVE YOU FERGIE!



Your fergielious fan!
- K.j., Texas, TX
I sort of agree with Don's comment from Pittsburg, PA. I just have problems with different singers other than the BlackEyedPeas
- Megan, Sacramento, CA
Fergie is awesome! My friends and i dance 2 her music almost everyday. Her songs have such cool beats!
- Megan, Sacramento, CA
OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i love the black eyed peas, but i think fergie is the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- darcy, montreal, Canada
mmmm black eyed peas are kool..... but i love callum more, hanah u smell
- haylee, bundaberg, Australia
i love the black eyed peas..... and i love you too callum!!!
- haylee, bundaberg, Australia
whats up black eyed peas
- Kamarie, Boston, MA
the black eyed peas are a really kool band and i think fergie is the best thing that ever happened to them becuse they are on the #1 charts now. nobody new who they were without fergie so think about it before you post!! :)
- shannon, selmer, TN
will.i.am real name is William Adams he changed it. He got engaged today March 12, 2006 to Hilary Wolf a brazilian actress from 1977. His mom was shot later August 30, 1990 and her mom was with em
- Shalynn, NEW ORLEANS, LA
I think that Fugie should never go back to doing drugs and that Will.i.am and Fugie should let Taboo and Alp.de.ap star in a song. Well for the most part of it anyway!
- Alicia, New brow, CA
The Black Eyed Peas are by far the coolest band there is in this crazy old mixed up universe of ours. Will.i.am is a Jamaican who plays an important part in the band. Trust me, without William Adams, the lead rapper and producer, the Black Eyed Peas would be nothing. Apl.de.ap is an adopted Filipino who left the Phillipines when he was fourteen to come to America. He met Will.i.am in Tribal Nation, a breakdancing crew. They recruited the breakdancer Taboo to be the third member of the Black Eyed Peas. Together, they became the Black Eyed Peas, and made the two 1990's albums "Behind the Front" and "Bridging the Gap." Fergie was introduced in 2003's Elephunk and she's stayed on the band ever since. By the way, Apl.de.ap's real name is Allen Pineda Lindo, Taboo's real name is Jamie Gomez, and Fergie's real name is Stacy Ferguson. I know a lot more about the Black Eyed Peas, but I think that this paragraph is long enough.
- Raven, Millville, UT
Fergie did saley from charlie brown's voice:)
- jen, Ontario, Canada
I like the black eyed peas new song. ''Humps''. the beat is nice!
- Diamond, springfield, IL
wat is will.i.am nationality i need to know coz i'm doin a project for them plz tell me
........
- lala, brookland, MS
My Uncle's friend used to play bass for them, but aparantely Artistfacts doesnt list the band members. Too bad.
- Elliot, St. Louis, MO
hey,
i am proud of black eyed peas. i think they are awesome, that's why i had to buy their album.i also love their diversity. i say that being originally from nairobi kenya. good job guys. by tha way...is will.i.am american?
- mike, dekalb, IL
Fergie recently (July 2005) admitted before the BEP's she was addicted to drugs and was spiraling down. She eventually called her parents for help and has been clean since. She attributes still being around to the help they gave.
- Sarah-Jane, Halifax, Canada
Hi! I'm from Russia. I want to know more about BEP, who can help me?
Maria, oduvanchikmasha@hotmail.com
- Pyshkova, Saint-Petersburg, Russia, Other
OMGsh!! i luv every song by the bep!!! i am gonna c them in concert and i can't wait!! i luv all their sings!! the r my fav band! i hav a fergie icon on aim and it rox!! they r all really talented singers and my mom doesn't lik rap, but she luvs the bep and lets me listen to them b/c their rap is good and not a bad meaning and they are NOT gansters!! i luv the black eyed peas more than n e band out there!!!!
- kari, houston, TX
I want to know all the full names of the black eyed peas.
plz help me
- Rebekah, Melbourne, Australia
will.i.am's real name is william. duh.
- skye, Minneapolis, MN
Fergie is the worst thing that ever happened to the Black Eyed Peas.....They used to be about something before her.
- Steph, San Antonio, TX
Apl is from the Philippines and not Taboo.....ok....and i know the story of the life of Apl or Alan Pineda Lindo in short APL..
- emie, iligan city, United States
Taboo is Mexican if you dont believe me go to http://www.pauseandplay.com/peas.htm ~~~ He says it at the bottom when asked about his first concert. So there :-D
- KT, Lewes, DE
This one is for Brandy from Orlando FL.. If you actually did some homework you would know that Apl.de.ap is the one from the Philippines and not Taboo. Believe me, I look for hours trying to just figure out who is who in the group after learning Apl's origin.
- KT, Lewes, DE
What is Will.i.am's real name?
- Karen, Waterford, Ireland
Wild Orchid was on Fox Family hosting a lip-synching "talent" contest weekly 4 or 5 years back (when ABC Family was Fox Family).
- A.J., Chicago, IL
Tabbo is from the Philippines (like me) if you listen to their song on the CD Elephunk you will hear him say so.
- brandy, orlando, FL
August 28,2004 the MTV video music awards. Were these freaks on there. What is wrong with the music industry. I watched this mess for 20 minutes in complete disgust,but the empty-headed people I saw were enjoying themselves!!!These so-called music moguls should all be loaded into Port-a-Johns in the desert, filled up with dynamite and blown up. What is it with these rip-off artists? It is criminal what they put off as music. Anyone with half a brain surely can see this. Can't people see they are being financially raped by these scum. Don't take this off, Artistfacts,have the guts to let people express themselves when it comes to there hard-earned money. Period.
- Don, Pittsburgh, PA
what is taboo's nationality...what about his real name?? i am so curious.
- shawna, Vaela, VA
Fergie used to be a part of a band called Wild Orchid
- Chach, B Hills, Canada
ive never ever seen such brilliant dancers, but what early videoclip are they dancing in? can anyone help please?
- marlow, perth, Australia
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