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Black Eyed Peas

Fergie Ferg is Pregnant

Fergie, Black Eyed Pea, is expecting her first child with husband Josh Duhamel. Fergie is 37 and Duhamel is 40. Earlier today Ms. Ferg tweeted “Josh & Me & BABY makes three!!! #mylovelybabybump.” Cute. The two were married in 2009 in a wedding that probably costs more than anything you will ever buy in your life times 3. No but I’m happy for them, though. Especially because of this great quote from Fergie.

From USA Today:

I love (wearing) sweats.

Oh my God, Fergie. Girl. We have so much more in common than I ever realized.

She included a photo with her tweet of the two of them as children Photoshopped into one photo hanging out in a crib or something I don’t know I don’t really get it but it’s cute:

fergie josh

Rumor: Ashanti is Joining the Black Eyed Peas

Photo: The Black Eyed Peas at iHeartRadio, September 23, 2011

This summer, the Black Eyed Peas announced they were going on hiatus. “This isn’t going to be the last time you’ll see us,” Fergie promised.

And I guess that was true, technically…!

MediaTakeOut has a hot, unconfirmed tip—take it or leave it—that Fergie is leaving the Black Eyed Peas. I know!!!

But that isn’t all, you guys. Rumor also has it, the Black Eyed Peas have a replacement already lined up: Grammy-award winning singer Ashanti.

Obviously, if all this is true, it is such a bad move on Fergie’s part—Fergie is inimitable!—but I can totally respect that she wants to start a family.

And good on Ashanti! Wow! She’s kept a really low profile these last few years, and the Black Eyed Peas could honestly jumpstart her career again. In the meantime, the Black Eyed Peas are getting mmmmaybe a little stale, and Ashanti could be just the dose of ready talent they need.

Woe Is Me: Another Black Eyed Peas Hiatus!

A photo of the Black Eyed Peas

If you’re feeling even a little tenderhearted this morning, you might want to just skip this post altogether, for – can you handle this? – it contains word of the most phenomenal band this world has ever seen, the Black Eyed Peas, being ol’ dummies and putting their light under a bushel basket. That’s right, then masterful creators of such hits as “Boom Boom Pow” and “My Humps” are going to refuse the world the greatest gift of all: their music.

The news came at a recent concert in England when Fergie thought the time was appropriate to share this awful truth. She reportedly said “This isn’t going to be the last time you’ll see us,” but it seems like that’s so much not enough, doesn’t it?

Aww, you guys, you know I’m just joshin’ you! About being sad about this news, not about this news itself. The Black Eyed Peas really are going on hiatus, but instead of it being a tragedy, I think we should throw a little internet party to celebrate this well-needed reprieve from bad music. If some of you could get to posting some funny GIFs in the comments while I wrangle up some lucky chain letters, I’m sure we can get this place hopping by lunchtime.

The Black Eyed Peas Are Way Above “My Humps” Nowadays

When you’re as distinguished and talented an artist as Will.I.Am of the Black Eyed Peas, you have an extensive, enviable repertoire, you know?  You have dozens upon dozens of powerful pieces to choose from at any given performance, and it’s up to you to decide which particular gift you want to give your audience.  Tragically, Will has made the choice to retire one of his most well-known, most well-loved masterpieces, “My Humps.” Check out his official statement:

“It got to the point where we didn’t want to play ‘My Humps’ no more. You know, ’cause ‘I met a girl down at the disco,’ I just didn’t want to say that no more, lyrically. It wasn’t like my best lyrically, but it was fun. It wasn’t lyrical miracles, but the beat was rocking, so we throw the beat in there and just let the beat linger.”

I never knew that Will was so modest.  “It wasn’t lyrical miracles,” please.  When I hear Will ask that timeless question, “what you gonna do with all that ass, all that ass inside them jeans?”  I weep.  But, just as Van Gogh could not paint Starry Night for all his days, the Black Eyed Peas must move on to new artistic endeavors.  I can only hope that they fill the lovely lady lump-shaped hole in my heart soon.

The Black Eyed Peas are Still Making Music, I’m Still Wondering Why, God, Why

Tell me something: does America still have a major hard on for the Black Eyed Peas? I mean, fuck, they’ve been booked at a crap ton of major events like the Super Bowl, Dick Clark’s New Years Eve show (like, two years in a row or something, I think), and here they are performing on American Idol (again), too. But, you know, I never hear ANYONE say, ‘Man, those Black Eyed Peas? I JUST LOVE ‘EM.’

Is there something I’m missing? Because I can only hear ‘Hey Mama’ and ‘Boom Boom Pow’ so many times before I want to cut off my own air supply.

Deadmou5 Speaks Out About The Black Eyed Peas Ripping Him Off

If you’re a fan of club music, you may have noticed that the Black Eyed Peas song “The Time” sounds an awful lot like a remix that was done by Deadmau5 for Medina’s “You and I”

Deadmau5 decided to officially address this on his Facebook page, and while he does agree that the song seems to use pretty much the exact same loops in certain places, that it’s no crime. From the producer’s Facebook page:

i’ve been getting a few tweets on and off about Black Eyed Peas’s new single “The Time” that more or less said… heyy sounds like you ish… So… i went and checked it out, at first listen… i was like… naaahhh i mean, it’s cool for what it is and all that… and doesnt really sound much like me at all. but then i heard a highhat… and something just clicked.

yup! i so know that highat… and the pattern it was in… so i went to my masters folder, cracked open my instrumental mix of “You and i” remix thing i did for Medina… and there it was again, starring me in the face… so i coupled up the waveforms.. which was pretty easy, since theyre both exactly 128 BPM… and had a look…  from what i could gather, looks like the loop was layered on top of a tiny bit (on the snare end) and the “loop” was compressed (which woulda made it doubly compressed in this case)  the phases in the kick drum lined up.. which isnt the most rare occurance in the world of “the same fuckin kick over and over and over again”… but enough to give it a closer look for sure. Then that similar reversed highat at the end of every 2nd bar was there again.

This isnt calling the black eyed peas out at all. i rather enjoy that minimal bit of the tune… (however the 80′s remake vocals can fuck off and die) This is just another interesting factoid i keep finding about sampling and electronic music… which is clearley prevalent and welcomed (when used properly) in this genre of music no doubt!

here are some figs. for ya.  OOOH SCIENCE!!!!

You And I remix on top… Black eyed Peas on bottom.

i guess you can pretty much see that the exact same transient pattern on that “early clap” type snare is the exact same.

and obvsiosly the same (or very similar kick) was used.. however theirs was way more compressed (at least in this version i got) as you can tell the kick looks a bit longer, but thats because the overcompression is lifting up more of the tail of the kick.

I don’t know if I’d publicly point out that any of the music I made bears any resemblance to anything that BEP is doing regardless of what order the tracks were made in, but whatever.
That “The Time” song blows. It ruined Oprah’s first Favorite Things show of the season. And with the death of Patrick Swayze still so fresh, it seems inappropriate to cover some of his most famous work.

The Latest in Will.I.Am’s Deranged Ego

A photo of the Black Eyed Peas at the BET Awards

I don’t know if I believe any words that Will.I.Am says, but his latest ramblings are kind of interesting, so I’m just going to play along.

According to him, James Cameron is going to take a break from making some of the most successful films in the history of films to make a 3-D movie about the Black Eyed Peas.  While speaking about this, Will of course used his characteristic humility and eloquence:

“We have the biggest director because we are the biggest group on the planet. The Peas are filming it in South America. People will be able to see us in the theater with the 3D glasses and everything…There will be a storyline that [Cameron] came up with, which will be dope. It’s a full-length film and it’s based around our tour activities. We’ve toured from America and Europe, to the Middle East, South America, Asia and Africa.”

My personal response to this is something along the lines of “Oh God, no, please please no.”  What about you?