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Although the lead single here prominently samples an ‘80s touchstone, The Beginning isn’t a nostalgia trip. Barring a Slick Rick or Chic sample here and a Mr. Roboto reference there (plus buckets of hi-res synth driving the productions), nothing else directly evokes the ‘80s. As on the Peas' last two LPs, it’s heavily reliant on nightclub anthems and will.i.am’s throwback rapping, alongside Auto-Tune harmonies and waves of synth. “I Gotta Feeling” from 2009 casts a long shadow on this record of don’t-stop-the-party jams and club-life tracks. It leads off with a pumping first single, “The Time (Dirty Bit),” built off Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes' "(I've Had) The Time of My Life." Other highlights include “The Best One Yet (The Boy)” and “Don’t Stop the Party.”

Biography

Formed: 1995 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The Black Eyed Peas transcended hip-hop to become one of the most commercially successful pop groups of the 2000s. Their career began modestly, with a pair of albums inspired by the positive-minded likes of A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul. After adding Fergie, the group's pop instincts reached full flight. Ignited by the Top Ten hit "Where Is the Love?" and the Grammy-winning party anthem "Let's Get It Started," the group scored three multi-platinum albums in 2003's Elephunk, 2005's Monkey Business,...
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