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Once upon a time, hip-hop was about having a good time and (brace yourselves) getting down! The Black Eyed Peas are bringing that mentality back to the future. They reinvigorated blasé dance floors and seduced discriminating heads with their debut, Behind the Front, and they do it again on Bridging the Gap. In the open-minded old-school tradition of producers like Afrika Bambaataa, the album is diverse and delicious, a grab bag of influences from reggae to drum & bass and beyond. Songs like "BEP Empire," produced by Gang Starr's notorious DJ Premier, give the Peas a harder-edged beat to roll with, which they rock rapturously. Then "Weekends," featuring Toronto down-tempo diva Esthero, is a fun dance floor number. And these two tracks are just the tip of the iceberg. Bridging the Gaps is a listen-all-the-way-through album. Every drum roll is vivacious, rollicking, and the judicious sample choices meld beautifully with the organic beats. Similarly open-minded, talented guests such as Macy Gray, De La Soul, and Mos Def also stop by to bless the mic. As James Brown would say, "Get up off of that thing, and dance 'til you feel better." --Lizz Mendez Berry
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I must say that I like REAL hiphop and rap, none of that commercial, jiggy, and poppy stuff. Even thoguh some of this might be reminiscent to that stuff, it really ISN'T! U have to reaslly listen to it good, and beleive me I seem to always have a feeling in my stomach when listening to rap and hiphop, that's what tells me what is good from bad. I have come to listen to a lot of stuff which can range from brilliant to preposterous and different levels in between. Well they are what pushed the border between in-between and brilliant. It really good album, but it's sometimes airy and not as grounded as the Roots, but then that's another review.
Anyway, I enjoyed this CD from start to end... "BEP Empire" had a nice beat and good lyrics were ripped on the mic, "Weekends" was a nice fast jumpy fun track, "Hot" was well hot, "Bridgin The Gaps" a groovey laid back track, "Rap Song" was a good track about a comparison between a girl to how she's a rap song, "Request Line" is a fast paced song, and the bonus track "BEP Empire remix" was the absolute bomb without a doubt best track of the cd...
!Another thing I appreciated on this cd is that instead of having a bunch of songs slopped together on an album BEP decides to have little guitar skits between songs which helped everything blend together on this cd...
even though Black Eyed Peas are a good group that reps hiphop to the fullest there still were a couple tracks I wasn't crazy for: "Release" just didn't seem to mix that well with the rest of the cd, "Go Go" I hated the hook and it ruined the song, and "Tell Your Mama Come" i wasn't crazy for...
Overall this LP isn't absolutely essencial to have, but give BEP a listen... they're another voice in hiphop trying to save rap (along with De La Soul, Phife Dawg, Common, Talib and Mos Def, etc...)
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Who said no real hip hop comes out of L.A.? These three cats truly represent the diversity of west coast hip hop. Read morePublished on April 20 2003 by Sean C.
I appreciate the fact that these cats don't need to cuss like crazy, and they do have skill. But I wasn't feelin the beats too much and I just couldn't connect with the lyrics... Read morePublished on Feb. 22 2003 by Luther84
If you like Jurasic 5 you'll love this cd. i think it's as good as rap gets. a nice sweet flow and a great beat in every song. one of my favorite cds.Published on Jan. 28 2002
see i wouldve rated this cd with five stars but anything with wyclef and macy gray makes me want to dry heave, they should be tossed off the side of the earth. Read morePublished on Nov. 20 2001 by Ms. Muyo
Gotta highy endorse this one. This is one of those albums that will grow on you...all the songs have a different feel, and I can't think of a song on the album that I don't... Read morePublished on July 26 2001 by Jaqai
I have more respect for BEP than a lot of other groups around. Thing is, its a shame to say, but its party rap. It really is. Its not even good party rap. Read morePublished on July 22 2001
The first time I had ever heard of Black Eyed Peas was when a friend of mine(who lives all the way in LA) told me to check them out. Read morePublished on May 14 2001 by Hayat Nafid
This LP overshadows their debut in my opinion. Not that their first album was wack, I just think they raised the bar a bit,nah mean. Read morePublished on April 28 2001