Elephunk

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Elephunk
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 24, 2003
RecordedOctober 11 2001 – March 3, 2003
Genre
Length59:29
Label
Producer
The Black Eyed Peas chronology
'Bridging the Gap
(2000)
Elephunk 'Monkey Business
(2005)
Singles from Elephunk
  1. "Where Is the Love?"
    Released: June 16, 2003
  2. "Shut Up"
    Released: November 4, 2003
  3. "Hey Mama"
    Released: January 12, 2004
  4. "Let's Get It Started"
    Released: June 22, 2004

Elephunk is the third studio album by American hip hop group The Black Eyed Peas. It was released on June 24, 2003, by the will.i.am Music Group and A&M Records. Although the album is the groups third album it is also the groups first in many ways; it was the first album to feature R&B singer Fergie and was the first album of the group to be billed as "The Black Eyed Peas".

Critical reception[change | change source]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic(66/100)[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
Alternative Press4/5 stars
The A.V. Club(positive)[4]
Blender2/5 stars
Drowned in Sound(9/10)
Entertainment WeeklyC[6]
Mojo1/5 stars
PopMatters9/10 stars[5]
Robert ChristgauA-[2]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[7]

Track listings[change | change source]

No. TitleWriter(s)Producer(s) Length
1. "Hands Up"  
will.i.am 3:35
2. "Labor Day (It's a Holiday)"  
will.i.am 3:58
3. "Let's Get Retarded"  
  • Adams
  • Pineda
  • Gomez
  • Terence Yoshiaki
  • Fratantuno
  • George Pajon, Jr.
will.i.am 3:35
4. "Hey Mama"  
  • Adams
  • Anthony Henry
will.i.am 3:34
5. "Shut Up"  
4:56
6. "Smells Like Funk"  
will.i.am 5:04
7. "Latin Girls"  
will.i.am 6:17
8. "Sexy"  will.i.am 4:43
9. "Fly Away"  
will.i.am 3:35
10. "The Boogie That Be"  
will.i.am 5:12
11. "The Apl Song"  
  • Adams
  • Pineda
2:54
12. "Anxiety" (with Papa Roach)
  • Adams
  • Pineda
  • Papa Roach
will.i.am 3:38
13. "Where Is the Love?" (featuring Justin Timberlake) (includes hidden track "Third Eye")
  • will.i.am
  • Fair
8:29

Personnel[change | change source]

The Black Eyed Peas
  • will.i.am – vocals on all tracks except 11; backing vocals on track 11; Moog synthesizers on tracks 1, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 13; drum programming on tracks 1, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10; clavinet on tracks 12 and 13; drums and piano on track 2; Wurlitzer electric piano on track 4; synthesizer on track 10; executive production; production; engineering on tracks 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 12 and 14; mixing on tracks 10 and 14
  • apl.de.ap – vocals on tracks 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 11, 12 and 13; drum programming and production on track 11
  • Fergie – vocals on all tracks except 6, 7 and 12
  • Taboo – vocals on tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9 and 13; guitar
Main session musicians
  • George Pajon, Jr. – guitar on tracks 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 13 and 15
  • J. Curtis – guitar on tracks 5, 7, 11 and 13
  • Mike Fratantuno – bass on tracks 1, 2, 3, 6, 13, 14 and 15; guitarrón on track 7; double bass and acoustic guitar on track 13
  • Dante Santiago – backing vocals on tracks 1, 3, 4, 6 and 10; vocals on track 7
Other contributors

The album is considered a victim of the Loudness war, with the worst possible ranking in the Hall of CD Clipping Shame, as 1 minute 19 seconds of the CD's audio has been destroyed by clipping.[12]

Charts and certifications[change | change source]

Release history[change | change source]

Country Date Edition Label
Canada[46] June 24, 2003 Standard Universal
Germany[47] July 1, 2003
United Kingdom[9] August 7, 2003 Polydor
United States[8] May 26, 2004 Re-issue A&M

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