Posts Tagged ‘Black Eyed Peas’

Bullying has become such an immense issue amongst adolescents because there are so many forms of it these days: texting, internet, Facebook, Twitter, you name it. No kid is safe. Take Rebecca Black for example. At age 13 she wanted to be a singer so badly, her mom payed a studio to record her track “Friday” and make a video that debuted on YouTube; it very quickly became viral, but for all the wrong reasons. It’s a terrible song, no argument there. But the amount of hate and negativity surrounding her at school was so intense, her mom had no choice but to pull her out. Which made me wonder, what did Rebecca do that was so awful?

Rebecca Black was ridiculed because her vocals weren’t all that great – often described as nasal and off key –  and had to have the entire track auto-tuned. So what? Isn’t that what T-Pain does on all of his songs? And Kanye’s dabbled in it as well. Auto-tuning is meant to disguise weaker, mediocre voices, and improve their quality; that’s the whole point. Rebecca was just doing what all other successful musicians before her had done, and yet she gets all the the flack for it.

She was teased for naming the days of the week in order because well duh, Friday does come after Thursday and before Saturday, thanks for pointing that out. But if I remember correctly, the Black Eyed Peas also named the days of the week in their song “I Got a Feeling.” In fact, they also decided they had enough magical power to add another Saturday to the days of the week. Which makes no sense at all. Yet that track was #1 all over the place. Why doesn’t anyone bully them?

People called her ugly and fat (just look at the comments on the YouTube video) and stupid because she had a bad song. If she changed her image would the insults stop? Look at Aaron Carter. I know his music was released years ago and times were different then, but come on – his songs were just as bad, if not worse than Rebecca’s, yet he was so sought after. Was it his relation to Nick Carter or his flowy blonde hair? Why was it acceptable for him to put out “That’s How I Beat Shaq”? Is it just that young female fans – let’s face it, they’re the only ones who bought his music – are more forgiving of boys and jealous of girls? I have no idea.

Rebecca’s people have undoubtedly taken advantage of this infamy – any publicity is good publicity – so I’m not sitting here feeling sorry for her. In fact she’s already working on recording a full album, critics be damned. And good for her. I’m just trying to understand why Miss Black was bullied out of school for doing something others have been rewarded for. No one’s making you listen to the song – if you don’t like it, turn it off, change the channel. Being a kid makes her an easy target, but attacking her personally isn’t going to make “Friday” sound any better. So leave her alone, stop the bullying and grow up already.

Radio: one of the most basic forms of sharing music with a whole lot of people. It used to be that when your single hit the radio waves, it meant you had made it, that you were on your way to becoming something big. But now it’s as though anyone, and I mean anyone, can have their single played on the radio (here’s looking at you, Nickelback): the vocals don’t have to be strong and the lyrics apparently don’t have to make any sense. This my friends, is what we call the seriously overrated.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Let’s start with “superstar” Katy Perry. Here’s a singer who caught the world’s attention with her first single “I Kissed a Girl”. Wow Ms. Perry, how risque of you to sing about two girls kissing – way to push the envelope. Except that, the whole lesbian theme was already explored back in 2000 by the likes of female pop duo T.A.T.U. and their racy video of two girls making out in “All the Things She Said”. Sorry Katy, you get no points for originality.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Her next chart-topping single was “Hot ‘N Cold”, a ridiculous song describing the ups and downs of relationships by using opposites (ie hot/cold, yes/no, in/out, up/down, etc). The lyrics lack so much creativity that I’m pretty sure my 2-year-old nephew could’ve written them, in 5 mins.Katy then disappeared for a while, though I have a vague recollection of a song called “Thinking of You”, which I think about 3 people heard. She then appeared on Timbaland’s “If We Ever Meet Again”, undoubtedly to increase her popularity, and let’s face it, Timbaland can do no wrong these days.
                                                                                                                                                                           Which leads me to her current hit single “California Gurls”: I don’t even know where to start (she can’t even spell “girls” properly!). Firstly, how the heck does Snoop Dogg fit into this song? Does K. Perry think this gets her street cred? Does she think it’s going to widen her audience to include fans of gangsta rap? Unlikely. Secondly, lyrically it’s a disaster – trying to suggest that no place in the world compares to the west coast (someone needs to get out more), and saying things like “So hot/We’ll melt your popsicle“. Seriously?!? Thirdly, if this song isn’t bad enough already, the video is absolutely ridiculous. She’s semi-naked, dancing on clouds with over-sized lollipops and candy. Snoop Dogg sits at a table with a gingerbread house in a massive suit with candy all over it. If he’s trying to lose his street cred, mission accomplished. Lastly, this horrible video ends with Katy spraying whipped cream out of cans attached to her bra – sorry Katy, I’m pretty sure Lady Gaga did that already, with fireworks. But the most confusing part is, what does any of this have to do with California??
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Moving along now to quite possibly one of the most overrated groups ever: The Black Eyed Peas. The group consists of lead singer Fergie, (with his inappropriate use of punctuation), Taboo and (who seems to suffer from the same disorder as Apparently the group didn’t feature the vocals of Fergie until their third album Elephunk in the early 2000s. This album spawned the singles, “Where is the Love? (feat. JT)”, “Hey Mama”, and “Shut Up” , which were actually tolerable (note: it also featured the incredibly politically incorrectly titled “Let’s Get Retarded”; later changed to “Let’s Get it Started” – maybe that was a sign.)                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The follow-up album was Monkey Business and this is where everything started going downhill. Fergie started sounding more like a man, and their music started becoming more and more mainstream and losing all originality. On “Pump It” they sample the music from a track called “Misirlou”, formerly from the Pulp Fiction soundtrack, and originally a famous Greek song. The next single, “Don’t Phunk with my Heart” (really lame play on words), didn’t show much talent or originality either and finally, evidence of the obvious demise of the Black Eyed Peas: “My Humps”. Seriously, did Fergie really feel the need to sing a song justifying her weight gain? Was it her selfish attempt at  somehow convincing herself that she’s ok with “her lovely little humps”? And the lyrics, man are they stupid: “What you gonna do with all that junk?/All that junk inside that trunk?/I’ma get, get, get, get, you drunk/Get you love drunk off my hump/What you gonna do with all that ass?/All that ass inside them jeans?/I’m a make, make, make, make you scream“.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Their current album, The E.N.D. (what is up with their inappropriate placement of periods??) is proof that BEP have hit rock bottom. Yes I do realize that they are uber-famous and currently selling out on tour, but that doesn’t mean they’re any good.  The first single, “Boom Boom Pow” is a really dumb song where they essentially just throw out any word pertaining to sound and try to build sentences around it: “Y’all stuck on Super 8 shit/That low-fi stupid 8 bit/I’m on that HD flat/This beat go boom boom bap” – total fail.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Next single, “I Gotta Feeling”, is even worse. This song was clearly made to be played before a big night out, or at a club/bar/lounge, to get people going – but it’s so obviously done in that way, that it just makes it lame. I mean come on,  “I gotta feeling/Tonight’s gonna be a good night” – they must have really had to rack their brains to come up with that line. At one point in the song they start reciting the days of the week, and for a reason unbeknownst to me, Saturday is named twice. At random intervals in the song, they all yell out “Mazel Tov!” – I’m pretty sure none of them are Jewish, so how does this fit in the song??
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Their most recent single, “Rock that Body” is the epitome of all things musical being thrown out the window. Not only do they have chipmunk-sounding vocals, but they even stooped as low as to auto-tune the chipmunk voice – how pathetic can u be?!?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I consider these “musicians” overrated because of all the acclaim they get for not being talented. They are completely unoriginal, lack all kinds of creativity, sing about pretty much nothing, and yet, they get nominated for Grammys. Sure they may be good performers and put on a good live show, with pyrotechnics, elaborate sets, and maybe even better vocals (right, Mo?). But at the end of the day, none of this means they’re any good. If they were true musicians, in any sense of the word, they would just make better music. Pe.ri.od.