Elephunk (2003) Critics ate up the soulful hip-hop of the Peas' previous two albums, but sales were elusive. Here, the group courts the mainstream with an almost… 2003-06-24 Black Eyed Peas
Review

Elephunk (2003)

EW's GRADE
C

Details Release Date: Jun 24, 2003; Lead Performance: Black Eyed Peas

Critics ate up the soulful hip-hop of the Peas' previous two albums, but sales were elusive. Here, the group courts the mainstream with an almost comic ferocity, jumping on every bandwagon that's passed. They try dancehall (''Hey Mama''), salsa (''Latin Girls''), even nu-metal (''Anxiety'' with Papa Roach), but the biggest offense for a once smart-sounding rap collective is ''Where Is the Love,'' the horrifyingly trite single with Justin Timberlake. It's enough to make longtime fans wonder, ''Where are the Peas?''

Originally posted Jun 27, 2003 Published in issue #716-717 Jun 27, 2003 Order article reprints