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Behind The Front [Explicit Lyrics]

Black Eyed Peas Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
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1. Fallin' Up
2. Clap Your Hands
3. Joints & Jam
4. The Way You Make Me Feel
5. Movement
6. Karma
7. Be Free
8. Say Goodbye
9. Duet
10. Communication
11. What Is It
12. Que Dices?
13. A8
14. Love Won't Wait
15. Head Bobs
16. Positivity

Product Description


Backed by singer Kim Hill and a four-piece band--plus a slew of other musicians as needed--the songs are as diverse and intriguing as the Peas themselves. And with all that real playing going on, they don't bother using R&B samples for a crutch. The spicy grooves they cook up have a flavor all their own. -- USA Today


The Black Eyed Peas' debut, Behind the Front, may sound thoroughly familiar: like A Tribe Called Quest, they sprout positive, deftly delivered lyrics out of their light jazz, R&B, and funk tracks; like the Roots, this multi-ethnic outfit's three MCs drop science in front of a live band that builds its grooves organically; and at their best, such as on the pop and reggae-flavoured "Karma", the group can out-Fugee the Fugees. For some reason, though, the mostly mild, largely scratchless and sample-free record can--at times--be downright tepid. But for the most part, it works--sometimes brilliantly--and as a break from the mostly belligerent voices in hip-hop's mainstream, we can definitely use more of what the Peas have to offer. --Roni Sarig

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5.0 out of 5 stars Original, Hype, ooohhhh damnnnnn! Jan. 7 2001
Format:Audio CD
I don't know if I own a more original sounding album, can you even compare these guys to anyone? The originality that is produced on this album is just amazing, each song is fresh and has a unique sound. The hooks are catchy, and the lyrics positive. Positive? Lyrics? Yes, positive. The music in the album is also positive and up-beat, no hardcore beats or rap here, which most of you true heads will respect, that alone is something on its own. Only seen on occasion in bands such as de la, mos def, tribe etc. Most of the tracks developed in this album contain live instruments with the big exception of "Be Free", a unique electronicaly developed song expressing BEP's desire to Be Free in their music and record what they feel, present the image they want to present with no pressures of "mainstream" hip-hop. If I was to compare this group to anybody it would have to be Jurassic 5, but thats like comparing apples to oranges, sure they are both fruit, but then these groups are both amazing!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dope, but could have been a little bit better. Aug. 29 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I have been a Black Eyed Peas fan for about two years. When I first bought the album I immediately got into it. What I liked most about this album is the consciousness and positive messages that they emphasized. The lyrics were dope to me and the music was cool, but there were one or two songs that were not that good like "Be Free," and "Love Won't Wait." After reviewing opinions of the other reviewers I noticed that people kept saying "they are not the Roots or ATCQ." Of course there not you idiots. They are Black Eyed Peas. If you were disappointed by their first album just give them a chance to redeem themselves on their next lp. I believe in them, and if you are a true hip hop head, then you will at least give them one grace album. I'm sure they are aware of what they need to do to make their second album better. Even the best of emcees can stand some improving. For example, consider the Canibus album. I felt the production on his first album was below average, but he came back stronger with his second lp, and I was satisfied completely. My main point is this; don't count BEP out just yet.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not for the closed minded May 16 2000
By "gaz-l"
Format:Audio CD
For anyone to comapre BEP to the Roots is like comparing Grant Hill to Jordan. Great in its own right, but not dominating. If you look at it like that, this is great album from the Peas. The whole disc might not bump in your stereo forever, but some of the songs will. The first four songs on the disc are tight and on point, highlighted by the best song on the album, The Way You Make Me Feel. The next song is okay, followed up by Karma (solid), and the Peas only mistake on the album: Be Free. The Peas just aren't strong enough lyrically to hold up a song wihtout their dazzling instrumentals and oragnic sound. the rest of the album featuring Duet. Love won't Wait, and Positivity. The puzzling thing was that the Peas inject in so much pesonality inot this record, with so little lyrical power. That's when it dawned that they were talking about positive things, a surpise nowdays. The Peas might not ever be Tribe, or the Fugees, the Roots, or Common. But they will never be the Peas. And with more spunky, ultra-creative releases like the Behind the front, the Peas will definatley carve their own niche in the world of "alternative" rap and hopfully in rap as a whole.
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2.0 out of 5 stars m-e-d-i-o-c-r-e July 29 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Well, many out there love this BEP album--folks who've posted here as well as people who've reviewed it elsewhere. As for me, though, I'm not at all sold on this product. Let me start with the big comparison, the Roots. I love the Roots. What BEP lack that the Roots have by the pound is, well, just about everything. Black Thougth, for one. BEP have no really tight rhyming on their album; nothing that even comes close to the few weaker moments of the Roots. They certainly have nothing near the skill, flow and power of either Black Thought or Dice Raw. As for the beats and melodies, where the Roots usually hit the listener with something totally new (perhaps "Clones" differs from this a bit, sounding somewhat Rza-like), BEP's finest musical moments sound strangely familiar to songs you've heard before by artists like Busta Rhymes. The end result: the finest points, IMO, on the BEP album were musical bits that I felt had already been done before. The mo! ral of this story: check the songs before you buy. Oh, and don't buy this album just because you love "Clap Your Hands": yes, it's a good song, but nothing else on the ablum comes close to it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable debut! July 29 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Incredible originality in fusing rap, hip-hop, jazz, and little bit of funk. The video for Joints & Jams (incidentally, not even their 4th best track!) also reveals their talent and innovation (esp. the ending dancefloor scene). Definitely ranks up there with the Roots (BEP is a little more lively compared to the Roots' laid-back style), and even Guru's Jazzmatazz (granted, to compare to Guru's legendary lyricism and jazz dream teams is a stretch). Some of BEP's tracks are so spontaneous, you can't just hear the first 30 seconds to get the jist of it. Note to abstract72: of course they're not ATCQ or Roots, look at their history...damn, it's like comparing Kevin Garnett to Scottie Pippen!! Give 'em some time to prove themselves. Let's just hope they continue to innovate thru their next album. Doing so will put them at that same level with ATCQ, De La, etc. BEP has put together an UNBELIEVABLE debut! In terms of a complete album, ATCQ or the Roots were not t! his good in their respective debuts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BEP
I love the peas and when I heard this was their first album I had to get it... I got it in really good conditions and it got here a week earlier. This customer is happppppey
Published 20 months ago by Philip
5.0 out of 5 stars ...
I was first addicted to the Peas after buying Elephunk, their third studio album, and since then have bought both this album and their second release, "Bridging the Gap. Read more
Published on July 14 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, But Not as Good as Elephunk
Boring? What are you thinking? Right now I'm listening to my album and I can definitely say it is one of the greatest albums I've heard in a long time. Read more
Published on April 11 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing cd
this cd has amazing songs on it with the most catchy, brillant rifs. if i were list the top 15 most amazing sounding hip hop songs ever, 5 of them would be on this cd. Read more
Published on Sept. 4 2003 by Erik Gartz
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
This cd is very tiring. I am a generall B.E.P. fan and I know that they have potential and can do much better. The beats on this cd, Behind the Front, are weak and repetitive. Read more
Published on June 25 2003 by "jeli88hawx"
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but look to the planets.
I'm still so surprised that no one ever feels like mentioning the Digable Planets when this album comes up. Read more
Published on Aug. 1 2002 by William Bickford
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but look to the planets.
I'm still so surprised that no one ever feels like mentioning the Digable Planets when this album comes up. Read more
Published on Aug. 1 2002 by William Bickford
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but carrying
I'm still so surprised that no one ever feels like mentioning the Digable Planets when this album comes up. Read more
Published on Aug. 1 2002 by William Bickford
5.0 out of 5 stars Hiphop the way it should be..............
How can I put this, hiphop has been on a decline since 96, but this album is one of the ones that is worth hearing, it introduced us to Macy Gray, and it proved hiphop can be... Read more
Published on Jan. 31 2002 by ridilin007
5.0 out of 5 stars This IS what Hip Hop really is!
This IS what Hip Hop really is! Many people confuse Hip Hop with RAP and this is Hip Hop! I was really getting worried for the future of Hip Hop. Read more
Published on Nov. 27 2000 by DigitalCzech
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