|Released June 30, 1998|
Release date 30 June 1998
Artist The Black Eyed Peas
Behind the Front (1998) Bridging the Gap (2000)
Label Insomniac/Interscope Records
Genres Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop
Similar The Black Eyed Peas albums, Hip hop music albums
The black eyed peas fallin up
Behind the Front is the debut studio album by American hip hop group Black Eyed Peas. It was released on June 30, 1998 through Interscope Records and will.i.am Music Group. The album received positive reviews from music critics but failed to chart.
- The black eyed peas fallin up
- Black eyed peas behind the front 2 clap your hands
- Release and promotion
- Critical reception
- Track listing
Black eyed peas behind the front 2 clap your hands
Most of the tracks were demos for the Grass Roots album, with added verses by new member Taboo. The song "Joints & Jam" appeared on the soundtrack of the movie Bulworth, where it was billed as "Joints & Jams". "Be Free" also features in the film She's All That. On the back cover, "Skit 3" is listed after "Duet", when it actually appears after "Communication". This was their only studio album to be released in a Parental Advisory version and an Edited version. On the edited version's back cover, "Skit 3" is properly listed after "Communication".
Release and promotion
Behind the Front was released for vinyl on June 30, 1998 through Interscope Records, will.i.am's imprint will.i.am Music Group and Universal Music Group.
Three singles from the album were released–double single "Fallin' Up/¿Que Dices?" in December 1997, "Joints & Jam" in November 1998 and the final single "Karma" in April 1999.
In 1997, a music video for the song "Head Bobs" was filmed and finished, however, the band decided to not release the song as a single. Around the same time a music video for the song "Fallin' Up" was also created, however, was decided that the album's first official single would be "Joints & Jam", with its respective music video released. A similar video to "Joints & Jam" was filmed for the song "What It Is", but like "Head Bobs" and "Fallin Up", the song wasn't an official single. The last music video to be released from the album was "Karma", the album's second and final official single. All five music videos were included on the DVD Behind the Bridge to Elephunk (2004).
Behind the Front received generally favorable reviews from music critics. Matt Conaway of AllMusic gave the album four out of five stars, stating: "Black Eyed Peas bring some positivity and fun back into hip-hop. Musically there is almost no realm this group does not touch -- right from the jump, the stylistic innocence of "Fallen Up," complete with striking guitar licks, sums up what BEP is all about."
2Clap Your Hands4:57
3Joints & Jam3:36