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Bridging The Gap [Explicit Lyrics]

Black Eyed Peas Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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1. BEP Empire
2. Weekends
3. Get Original
4. Hot
5. Cali To New York
6. Lil' Lil'
7. On My Own
8. Release
9. Bridging The Gaps
10. Go Go
11. Rap Song
12. Bringing It Back
13. Tell Your Mama Come
14. Request + Line

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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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Black Eyed Peas ~ Bridging The Gap

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4.0 out of 5 stars HipHop for the masses! Oct. 12 2002
Format:Audio CD
As Will Smith would say, "This is the new hotness!" Of course, this is something that the Men in Black star (a.k.a. Mr. Jiggy-wit-it) could not possibly produce - an original brand of hip hop. "Bridging the Gaps" is the sparkling fresh followup to Black Eyed Peas' okay debut "Behind the Front." (Admittedly, I stayed away from this one because I was none to impressed with them initially. My loss.) What separates BEP from other artists is their back-to-the-basics-hip hop sound combined with their fun approach to flat out making you dance. Singles such as "Weekends" and "Request Line," could fill up any dance floor. Other radio-worthy tracks include "Release," "Hot," and "Go Go." As the titles of these songs suggest, this is not an album that requires much thought. It's strictly made for the clubs or for bumping in the car. But this should not discourage the stingy faction of hip hop fans (i.e. backpackers, gangstas) from peeping this album. Even they would find it hard not to resist the infectious boom bap beats laid down by MC/producer, Will I Am. BEP gets whole props for creating an original style of hip hop that virtually anyone can enjoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pure fun! July 30 2001
Format:Audio CD
Oh and it's some lyrical power to this too. But I must say, the beats and melodies and organic music is great. But it's not just fast, party music, what people don't realy notice is the versitility on here. Even though by the end of this cd u may have--in your head--you may be thinkin of party music, but this sophmore effort has a more broad pallette of not only diverse tunes, but lyrics as well, cetain ones in particular are "On My Own" which is quite profound and has not only Les Nubians, but Mos Def on there, and it works; and another the "title" cut is a little laid back whisch is great as well as "Little little" is really goos. But it's hard to tell which one is best, caue ust about this whole cd is right on point!
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ledgend in th Making June 1 2001
By "gaz-l"
Format:Audio CD
After their somewhat underground debut “Behind the Front,” the Black Eyed Peas return for their sophomore set. Upon the first time listening to this album, I was completely shocked. Gone was the B-Boy, old-school sound and in was a newer, leaner, more modern soul sound. Have the Peas soled out after only one album? Not on your life! Although one might think so after the first two cuts the Primo produced BEP Empire, and Weekends, (which samples “Lookout Weekend” and “Family Affair”). But this is where their talent is most evident. While many rappers may just be happy to get a Primo track and a sample, the Peas use this opportunity to expand their palette. They actually steal the show from DJ Premier with their energetic and enthusiastic style. The next four song would are not only danceable, but will satisfy any true fans of the Peas. The production of Will.I.Am. is masterful, and unique, as he blends hip-hop, soul, jazz and old-school funk into an eclectic mix that will sooth the ears of even the most reluctant fans of rap. While they may not hook you in on first listen (except for Hot) They grow on you almost to the point of ridiculousness. Truly not your flavor of the month music. Other highlights include Release (perfect if your stressed), and Go-Go. But the defining track of the album and the group is On My Own. BEP takes a break from the fun to talk about hip-hop and life now can the Peas rap? No. Are their lyrics creative no? Not always. But u have to give them props because they instead of indulging in topics which have no relevance to most (murder, drugs, and guns) they address real-life problems: stress, being in the world, and having fun. And they do it without sounding preachy or self-righteous. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Representing "true" hiphop... May 2 2001
Format:Audio CD
Before I bought this CD I've only known about Black Eyed Peas from one of their previous tracks "Joints and Jams" I believe it was called... and it was a rather fun and goofy video just like an A Tribe Called Quest / De La Soul style and I enjoyed the track... and the next time I've heard of BEP was "Request Line" w/ Macy Gray but the rhymes turned me on to that track not the marge simpson style singing from Macy, but Macy has originality and works with good artists so I respect her. I'm just poking fun at her...

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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Other Side of West Coast Hip Hop
Who said no real hip hop comes out of L.A.? These three cats truly represent the diversity of west coast hip hop. Read more
Published on April 20 2003 by Sean C.
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, not great
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 more
Published on Feb. 22 2003 by Luther84
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding quality
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
4.0 out of 5 stars why i love this cd..
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 more
Published on Nov. 20 2001 by Ms. Muyo
5.0 out of 5 stars Good music, catchy hooks...and a positive message.
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 more
Published on July 26 2001 by Jaqai
2.0 out of 5 stars Look around
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 more
Published on July 22 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars BEP are the bomb!!!
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 more
Published on May 14 2001 by Hayat Nafid
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
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 more
Published on April 28 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good, 3.7 stars
Overall the album is pretty enjoyable. There are a few cuts that will be on my playlist for a while such as 'Hot', 'Weekends', 'bridging the gaps' and 'request line'. Read more
Published on April 16 2001
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