And they've done it by stabbing a Snickers bar right in its head. Don't worry, though they're making a quick getaway in their Honda Civic with XM satellite Radio. They'll still have time to stop by Best Buy and pick up a copy of Spanglish. Better pick up some Pepsi and Sprite since the Grey Cup is on. Maybe they'll be nice enough to call 911 on their new Nokia Cell phones to see if hip hop can be saved? Maybe…if they have time between games of the Urbz on their Apple. Since they got managed to kill hip-hop sooner then anyone expected, tomorrow they'll have time to down a few Molson and catch an NBA game.
That's it — I'm done with the Black Eyed Peas. I thought maybe they could be saved. "My Humps" wasn't a great sign of this possibility but the crap that is instantdef.com has pushed me over the edge. Hip-hop superheros who were saved by a bucket of Snickers bars. What are we, idiots??
Honestly, my first reaction was "Wow, they really will sell anything!" I think what gets me most is that they charge for their fan club. Not that I'm a member or ever want to be, but haven't we put up with them enough? Shouldn't the Black Eyed Peas be paying me by now? Fergie, Will.I.am, Taboo, Apu your payments can be made at Smalltownunderground.net
I've always heard about bands "selling out," but normally it's just long-haired grunge kids who haven't showered complaining that they can't listen to their favorite bands anymore because they got popular. No kids — selling out doesn't just mean getting popular. Selling out is getting popular then attaching your name to every possible product and service known to man. "Excuse me sir, where can i find the Black Eyed Peas branded motor oil?" "Honey, run to the store and get me some Fergie Tampons."
I know the music business is a business. Far be it for me to say people can't make money, but isn't there a limit? And some thought into what you're pushing? All pop artists are their own brand but the BEP really do seem like they'll put their name to anything. What I used to like about the BEP was their unique sound and the fact that it was intelligent, smart hip-hop. "My Humps"? Do I really need to say anything else?
If you liked the jazzy style of the old BEP try checking out The Blue Scholars from Seattle. They're the real deal and might be zombies.