Monkey Business (album)

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Monkey Business
Studio album by The Black Eyed Peas
Released May 25, 2005 (2005-05-25)
Recorded 2004
Genre
Length 66:03
Label
Producer
The Black Eyed Peas chronology
Elephunk
(2003)
Monkey Business
(2005)
Renegotiations: The Remixes
(2006)
Singles from Monkey Business
  1. "Don't Phunk with My Heart"
    Released: April 12, 2005
  2. "Don't Lie"
    Released: July 26, 2005
  3. "My Humps"
    Released: September 20, 2005
  4. "Pump It"
    Released: January 17, 2006

Monkey Business is the fourth studio album by American hip hop group, The Black Eyed Peas. It was released on May 25, 2005, by the will.i.am Music Group and A&M Records. It was recorded in "two and three-month spurts" throughout 2004 while the group was on tour.[1]

The album was certified three times Platinum by the RIAA in the U.S. and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide. The Canadian Recording Industry Association (or CRIA) has certified Monkey Business 6x Platinum, with sales of over 600,000 copies. The Australian Recording Industry Association (or ARIA) has also certified Monkey Business 6x Platinum, denoting sales of over 420,000 copies. The album's tracks earned the group four 2006 Grammy Award nominations and they also won the Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for "Don't Phunk with My Heart". According to IFPI, over 2 million copies have been sold in Europe.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Initial critical response to Monkey Business was mixed to average. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 48, based on 20 reviews.[3] The most favourable review was Robert Christgau's, who gave the album a 3-star honorable mention, saying: "What all pop might be—so much brighter and kinder than it is".[4]

Singles[edit]

  • "Don't Phunk with My Heart" was the lead single from The Black Eyed Peas' second album since band member Fergie joined the group. The single became the group's first top 5 single, peaking at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, and their second top 10.
  • "Don't Lie" was the album's second single, however it failed to duplicate the success of "Don't Phunk with My Heart", partly due to the rising success of the then-unreleased-single "My Humps". "Don't Lie" did manage to crack the top 20 in the United States, peaking at No. 14 on the Hot 100.
  • "My Humps" was the third single from the album and was released in the summer of 2005. The song was released after it became an unsolicited hit on mainstream radio across the United States. The track, even with lack of promotion, surpassed the highly promoted track "Don't Lie". "My Humps" became one of the biggest songs of 2005, despite an incredible amount of criticism, with some labeling the song "tasteless".
  • "Pump It" was released as the fourth and final single from the album, and was the final song from the album to chart on the Hot 100
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (48/100)[3]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[5]
The A.V. Club (unfavorable)[6]
Entertainment Weekly C[7]
The Guardian 2/5 stars[8]
Paste (7/10)[3][9]
PopMatters 5/10 stars[10]
Robert Christgau (3-star Honorable Mention)[4]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[11]
Slant Magazine 2/5 stars[12]
Yahoo! Music UK 5/10 stars[13]
The Black Eyed Peas performing on August 24, 2006

Track listings[edit]

Monkey BusinessStandard edition CD
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Pump It"  
will.i.am 3:33
2. "Don't Phunk with My Heart"  
will.i.am 3:59
3. "My Style" (featuring Justin Timberlake)
4:28
4. "Don't Lie"  
3:39
5. "My Humps"  
  • Adams
  • David Payton
will.i.am 5:26
6. "Like That" (featuring Q-Tip, Talib Kweli, Cee-Lo and John Legend) will.i.am 4:34
7. "Dum Diddly" (featuring Dante Santiago)
  • Adams
  • Pineda
  • Ray Brady
  • Board
  • George Bennett
  • Benjamin Brown
  • Lloyd Ferguson
  • Robert Lyn
  • Donat Mittoo
  • Leroy Sibbles
  • Fitzroy Simpson
will.i.am 4:19
8. "Feel It"  
  • Adams
  • Pineda
  • Ferguson
4:19
9. "Gone Going"  
will.i.am 3:13
10. "They Don't Want Music" (featuring James Brown)
  • Adams
  • J. Brown
  • Ferguson
  • Printz Board
  • Timothy Grindgreff
  • Greg Mays
  • Darryl Barnes
will.i.am 6:46
11. "Disco Club"  
  • Adams
  • Pineda
  • Jean Baptiste
  • Melvin J. Lewis
  • Michael Matthews
  • Anthony Tidd
Noize Trip 3:48
12. "Bebot"  
  • Adams
  • Pineda
will.i.am 3:30
13. "Ba Bump"  
3:56
14. "Audio Delite at Low Fidelity"  
will.i.am 5:29
15. "Union" (featuring Sting)
will.i.am 5:04
Notes

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Monkey Business liner notes:[14]

Production credits

Charts, certifications and sales[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label
Japan[44] May 25, 2005 Universal
Germany[45] May 30, 2005
United Kingdom[46] Polydor
Canada[47] June 7, 2005 Universal
United States[48] A&M

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"Mezmerize" by System of a Down
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
June 6–12, 2005
August 15–28, 2005
Succeeded by
"X&Y" by Coldplay
Preceded by
"Demon Days" by Gorillaz
French number-one album
4 June 2005 – 10 June 2005
Preceded by
"Out of Exile" by Audioslave
New Zealand number-one album
6 June 2005 – 13 June 2005