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will.i.am (A.K.A. Will 1X) (Born William James Adams Jr., March 15, 1975 in Los Angeles, CA)
apl.de.ap (Born Allan Pineda Lindo, November 28, 1974 in Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines)
Taboo (Born Jaime Luis Gómez, July 14, 1975, Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, CA)
Kim Hill (Member: 1998 - 2002) (A.K.A. Pharoah's Daughter)
Fergie (Member: 2003 - Current) (Born Stacy Ann Ferguson, March 27, 1975 in Hacienda Heights, CA)

A.T.B.A.N. Klann (Defunct):
(Acronym: A Tribe Beyond A Nation)
Will 1X (A.K.A. will.i.am) (Born William James Adams Jr., March 15, 1975 in Los Angeles, CA)
apl.de.ap (Born Allan Pineda Lindo, November 28, 1974 in Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines)
Mookie Mook
DJ Motiv8
Danté Santiago

Wild Orchid (Defunct):
Stacy Ferguson (A.K.A. Fergie) (Born Stacy Ann Ferguson, March 27, 1975 in Hacienda Heights, CA)
Renee Sandstrom (Born Renee Ilene Sandstrom, February 15, 1974 in Worcester, MA)
Stefanie Ridel

Albums
The Black Eyed Peas - Elephunk
The Black Eyed Peas - Monkey Business
Fergie - The Dutchess
will.i.am - Songs About Girls

Singles
Black Eyed Peas - Request Line (Single)

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Wyclef Jean - The Carnival Vol. II: Memoirs Of An Immigrant (will.i.am)
K'Naan - Country, God Or The Girl (will.i.am)
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Snoop Dogg - Tha Blue Carpet Treatment Mixtape (will.i.am)
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Thug Radio Mixtape 16: Bang On 'Em (will.i.am)
Thug Radio Mixtape 20: Real Shit (will.i.am)
Justin Timberlake - Futuresexy/Lovesounds (will.i.am)
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Too $hort - Blow The Whistle (will.i.am)
2Pac - Better Dayz (Kim Hill)
Usher - Here I Stand (will.i.am)
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Bio From AllMusic.Com
Positive messages and breakdancing are integral parts of hip-hop culture, but by 1990 those elements had been temporarily eclipsed by the tough gangster image and bleak but compelling lyrics of West Coast groups like N.W.A.. However, despite sharing a zip code, Black Eyed Peas' vision goes beyond the cracked-sidewalk vignettes and sampled gunfire of Los Angeles' gangster style. The socially conscious group's earliest connections go back to high school, when Will.I.Am and Apl de Ap were part of Tribal Nation, a breakdancing crew. Eventually the pair focused more on music — hip-hop, specifically — and split off into their own as Atban Klann, their esoteric name an acronym for A Tribe Beyond a Nation. Eazy-E's Ruthless Records signed the group in 1992 , but many in the Ruthless camp were puzzled by the group and the enthusiasm of Eazy, who had no problem reconciling his own gangster style with the peace-minded breakdancing of Atban. Although an album was recorded, Ruthless shelved it, unsure how to market a group whose style wasn't dependent on violent braggadocio like N.W.A..

The death of Eazy-E in 1995 signaled the end of any further deals with Ruthless. Undaunted by the experience, Will and Apl recruited another dancer/MC, Taboo, and reappeared as Black Eyed Peas. BEP began playing shows around L.A., impressing hip-hop fans with their mic skills and dazzling them with their footwork as well. In 1998 their debut, Behind the Front, was released to critical acclaim — not only for the trio of MCs, but for their live band and backing vocalist Kim Hill as well. Featuring guest appearances from Jurassic 5's Chali 2na, De La Soul, and Macy Gray, BEP's sophomore effort, Bridging the Gap, was released in 2000. The group's third album, 2003's Elephunk, featured a new member (Fergie, who replaced Kim Hill) and became their biggest hit yet, storming the Top 40 with three singles ("Where Is the Love?," "Hey Mama," "Let's Get It Started"). Two years later, the quartet returned with a heavily crossover date, Monkey Business, which pushed them into the stratosphere courtesy of the hit single "My Humps." - Wade Kergan

A.T.B.A.N. Klann's Bio From AllMusic.Com
Representing the combined efforts of Philippines-born Apl.de.ap and African American songwriter Will.I.Am, Atban Klann was one of Southern California's hardest-hitting groups of the 1990s. The group, which Will.I.Am formed with Apl.de.ap shortly after leaving the dance troupe Tribal Nation, was quickly signed by the L.A.-based Ruthless label. Although they recorded one album, evenly divided between tracks accompanied by computer programming and cuts recorded with a live band, it went unreleased. The group's hopes continued to fade after the death of label owner Eazy-E in 1995. They disbanded shortly afterwards, with Will.I.Am going on to form a similar group, the Black Eyed Peas. - Craig Harris

will.i.am's Bio From AllMusic.Com
The work of rapper and producer will.i.am helped make Black Eyed Peas one of the most intriguing acts in hip-hop, and later made them one of the most popular acts on the charts when the albums Elephunk (2003) and Monkey Business (2005) started ascending the charts. During 2005-2007, he also helmed tracks for Pussycat Dolls, John Legend, bandmate Fergie, the Game, Ciara, Nicole Scherzinger, and Macy Gray. His solo career consisted of a project for the British rap label BBE (Lost Change), several mix albums, and in 2007, his major-label nod, Songs About Girls. - John Bush

Fergie's Bio From AllMusic.Com
Like Martika, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Rahsaan Patterson, Stacy "Fergie" Ferguson got her first major break as a youngster on the television program Kids Incorporated. Born in 1975, she did voice work for The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show, as well as commercials, prior to becoming a Kids Incorporated regular from 1984 through 1989. Along with Stefanie Ridel and fellow Kids Incorporated alum Renee Ilene Sandstrom, Ferguson formed Wild Orchid, a teen pop group that released a pair of albums during the late '90s. A few years after the group's split, Ferguson joined the Black Eyed Peas in time to record 2003's Elephunk. She became central to the group's mainstream success ("Let's Get It Started," "My Humps") and released her first solo album, The Dutchess, during September 2006. - Andy Kellman

apl.de.ap's Bio From Wikipedia
Allan Pineda Lindo, (b. 28 November 1974) better known as apl.de.ap, is a hip hop musician, record producer, and member of the The Black Eyed Peas. He was born in the Barangay (Barrio) of Sapang Bato, Angeles City, Pampanga, in the Philippines, to a Filipino mother and African American father.

apl.de.ap, together with will.i.am, is one of the original members of the hip hop group The Black Eyed Peas. His father, a U.S. airman stationed at nearby Clark Air Base, abandoned the family shortly after his birth. The eldest of 7, his mother, Cristina Pineda, raised him and his four brothers and two sisters in their small barrio. He would ride the jeepneys to school an hour away from his family home. In order to make money, apl farmed sweet potatoes, corn, sugarcane and rice until he moved to the United States at the age of 14.

Apl was sponsored by the Pearl S. Buck Foundation, an organization that finds healthier living environments for young abandoned or orphaned Amerasian children, most of whom have been abandoned by their American fathers. He was sponsored by Joe Ben Hudgens through a dollar-a-day program, and initially brought to the United States at the age of 11 to treat nystagmus, an involuntary movement of the eyes. During a trip to Disneyland, apl expressed his interest in staying in the United States. It would take another three years for Hudgens to officially adopt him.

After adoption, Apl moved to the US to live with Hudgens, where he met will.i.am, the nephew of Hudgen's roommate. He attended John Marshall High School in Los Angeles, California.

Music had always been part of Apl’s life, his early influences having been Stevie Wonder, The Eagles, The Beatles, A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Leaders of the New School and the popular Filipino rock/folk group, Asin. Hip-hop was part of Apl's life from his youth, through 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.'"

They then teamed up and formed a break-dancing crew called Tribal Nation and were regularly performing at Southern California parties and events. As their partnership evolved, they added another MC, Mookie Mook, performer Dante Santiago and producer DJ Motiv8 (part of the group from 1992-1995) and the name of their crew turned into Atban Klann (ATBAN stands for "A Tribe Beyond a Nation"), and became part of L.A.'s hip-hop/break-dance circuit, eventually being signed onto Eazy-E’s label, Ruthless Records. Their debut album, "Grass Roots," was never released because Eazy-E passed away before they could put the album out.

He explains his life story in a song called "The Apl Song" found on the Peas' 2003 album Elephunk (track 11). This song has a full chorus in Tagalog (Filipino) taken from the Asin song "Balita." "Coming from the Philippines my whole goal was to support my family and have a better living situation," he said. "Trying to pursue my dream took up a lot of my time, and I got separated from my family a little bit ... I was separated from my brothers and sisters. Some good things happened to them and some bad things happened to some of them." This is in reference to the suicide of his younger brother Arnel, a heartbreaking event he recalls in the song. Its accompanying video, which reached number one in the Philippines, with its cameo appearances by fellow Fil-Ams, Dante Basco and Chad Hugo, is also a tribute to the Filipinos who fought for the U.S. in World War II.

"Bebot" is another all-Tagalog song on 2005's Monkey Business album. A music video for "Bebot" was filmed in early July 2006 and premiered online on August 4, 2006. The video was directed by Patricio Ginelsa (Kid Heroes Productions) who also directed "The Apl Song" and produced the Filipino-American coming of age movie, "The Debut". The Bebot music video was filmed in various locations in Los Angeles, CA, one location including Kenneth Hahn Park, where Dr. Dre's "Nothing But A G Thang" video was also filmed. The term "Bebot" is Filipino slang for "pretty woman", "hot chick", "hottie", "baby/babe". The video for Bebot features primarily Filipinos, Filipino Americans and several other Asian ethnicities from the Los Angeles area (Korean Americans, Japanese Americans, Chinese Americans, Thai Americans, Indonesian Americans, Vietnamese Americans, etc.) The single was not released in the US but was in the Philippines and several other Asian countries.

In the future, apl.de.ap is also planning to release a solo album of his own. He recently disclosed in an interview that he would be collaborating with fellow Filipino-American Chad Hugo of The Neptunes, Illmind from G-Unit and incorporating traditional Filipino instruments into his songs. Some of his songs are uploaded on his MySpace page.

Official Sites: The Black Eyed Peas, The Black Eyed Peas' MySpace, will.i.am's MySpace, Fergie, Fergie's MySpace, apl.de.ap, apl.de.ap's MySpace, i.am clothing, Kim Hill & Kim Hill's MySpace

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