|Birth name||Allan Pineda|
|Also known as||apl.de.ap|
November 28, 1974 |
Sapang Bato, Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines
|Origin||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Genres||Hip hop, electro, alternative hip hop, hip house, Philippine hip hop|
|Occupations||Rapper, record producer|
|Instruments||Rapping, singing, drums|
|Associated acts||The Black Eyed Peas, Eazy-E, Blood Of Abraham|
Allan Pineda (born November 28, 1974) better known as apl.de.ap (pronounced "Apple Dee Ap"), is a Filipino-American rapper, record producer, and occasional drummer who is best known as a member of the Grammy Award-winning group The Black Eyed Peas.
Early life 
Pineda was born in Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines, to a Filipina mother and an African American father. His father, an Airman stationed at Clark Air Base, left the family shortly after his birth; his mother, Cristina Pineda, raised him and his six younger siblings as a single mother. As a child, Pineda would make an hour-long jeepney trip to and from his school, and helped his family subsist by farming sweet potatoes, corn, sugar cane and rice. The Pearl S. Buck Foundation, an organization that finds healthier living environments for young abandoned or orphaned American children, matched him with a sponsor named Joe Ben Hudgens through a dollar-a-day program. He initially came to the United States at the age of 11 to treat nystagmus, an involuntary movement of the eyes. During a trip to Disneyland, Pineda expressed his interest in staying in the United States. It would take another three years for Hudgens to officially adopt him, but at fourteen he moved permanently to the United States to live with Hudgens.
In Los Angeles, he attended John Marshall High School where he befriended William Adams (stage name will.i.am), the nephew of Hudgens' roommate. He went to college at Holy Angel University. apl.de.ap's early musical influences were Stevie Wonder, The Eagles, The Beatles, A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Leaders of the New School and the Filipino rock/folk group, Asin. Apl was introduced to hip-hop by break dancing. "I would take the jeepney all the way to Angeles City, and that's how I got introduced to break dancing," he said. "I would see kids at the corner break-dancing and I'm like, 'I wanna do that.'" Pineda revealed to People Magazine in 2011 that he is legally blind in both of his eyes, suffering from nystagmus and has had this condition his entire career. "I'm good at shapes. If I'm not close, even if it's big, I can't read it. I doubted myself for a long time," Pineda said. "I'm comfortable not using my vision. I weave around my problems." He went on to say in the same article that "Until I discovered hip-hop, I felt I wasn't going to accomplish anything." Two of his siblings are dead: his younger brother Arnel committed suicide (this is referenced in The Apl Song in the lines "I guess sometimes life's stresses get you down on your knees/Oh brother, wish I could have helped you out"). His youngest brother, Joven Pineda Deala, was murdered at the age of 22 in February 2009 in Porac, Pampanga.
1995–present: Success with The Black Eyed Peas 
The Black Eyed Peas date back to 1988, when eighth-graders William Adams (will.i.am) and Allan Pineda (apl.de.ap) met and began rapping and performing together around Los Angeles. The pair signed to Ruthless Records (run by Eazy-E) in 1992, catching the attention of Eazy-E manager, Jerry Heller's, nephew. Along with another friend of theirs, Dante Santiago, they called their trio Atban Klann (ATBAN: A Tribe Beyond a Nation). Will 1X (aka will.i.am), apl.de.ap, Mookie Mook, DJ Motiv8 (aka Monroe Walker) and Dante Santiago formed Atban Klann. Their debut album, Grass Roots, was never released because Ruthless founder Eazy-E had died.
After Eazy-E died in 1995, Atban Klann reformed and changed their name to Black Eyed Pods, and then Black Eyed Peas. Dante Santiago was replaced with Jaime Gomez (Taboo), and Kim Hill became a steady background singer. Unlike many hip-hop acts, they chose to perform with a live band and adopted a musical and clothing style that differed wildly from the "Gangsta Rap" sounds of Los Angeles-based hip-hop acts at the time. After being signed to Interscope Records and releasing their debut, Behind the Front (1998) the group (and their accompanying live band) earned critical acclaim. One of the singles from the album was "Joints & Jam", and was featured on the Bulworth soundtrack. Their second album was Bridging the Gap (2000), which had the single "Request + Line" featuring Macy Gray.
In 2003 Fergie became the fourth member of the group. They released their third album "Elephunk", with the hit singles "Where Is the Love?" and "Shut Up". Their next album Monkey Business, was a worldwide success, certified 4× Platinum in the U.S., and spawning two singles, "My Humps" and "Don't Phunk with My Heart".
In 2009, the group became one of only 11 artists to have simultaneously held the No. 1 and No. 2 spots on the Billboard Hot 100, with their singles "Boom Boom Pow" and "I Gotta Feeling", with the next single "Meet Me Halfway" achieving similar success, from the album The E.N.D.. These three singles topped the chart for an unprecedented 30 consecutive weeks in 2009. The album later produced a third Hot 100 number-one placement with "Imma Be", making the group one of few to ever place three number one singles on the chart from the same album before being followed with "Rock That Body" which managed to peak in the Top 10 of Hot 100. "I Gotta Feeling" became the first single to sell more than 1 million downloads in the United Kingdom.
The Black Eyed Peas were ranked 12th on the Billboard's Decade-End Chart Artist of the Decade, and 7th in the Hot 100 Artists of the Decade. In November 2010, they released the album The Beginning. The first single of the album was "The Time (Dirty Bit)" and topped the charts in many countries. In February 2011, the group performed at the Super Bowl XLV halftime show. The album's second single was "Just Can't Get Enough" and was released in February 2011. The music video was filmed in Japan one week before the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. The third single "Don't Stop the Party" was released in May 2011. In July 2011 the group announced that they are taking a break and have denied breakup rumors. Band member will.i.am stated in an interview that they will make new music in 2013. In March 2013, Apl.de.ap was confirmed to become a judge of the upcoming inaugural season of The Voice of the Philippines.
- 2011: apl.de.ap & DJ Ammo (NRJ Radio Mix)
- 2012: We Can Be Anything
- 2012: Fly
- 2008 - Special Citation - Myx Music Awards
- 2010 - Best Hip-Hop/Rap Performance: Take Me to the Philippines - Filipino-American Vocal Arts Society Online Music Awards
- de Castro, Cynthia (November 25, 2008). "The Apl That Gave Back to the Tree". Asian Journal. Retrieved November 28, 2009.
- "The Black Eyed Peas show support for Dodgers in advance of National League Division Series" (Press release). Major League Baseball. October 7, 2009. Retrieved November 28, 2009.
- Grossberg, Josh (February 4, 2009). "Black Eyed Peas Brother Murdered". E!. Retrieved November 8, 2009.
- Kellman, Andy. "The Black Eyed Peas". Allmusic. Archived from the original on 10 December 2010. Retrieved January 4, 2011.
- "Black Eyed Peas set downloads record". BBC News. June 21, 2010.
- Apl.de.ap confirmed as 'The Voice PH' coach abc-cbnnews.com. Retrieved 2013-03-25.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Apl.de.ap|
- Official apl.de.ap Website
- The Black Eyed Peas' official website
- apl.de.ap interview with JiZO June 2009