This Day in Hip Hop and Rap History
Host: Chuck D w/ Duke Eatmon & Ron Maskell
June 30th, 2012
June 30th – The Black Eyed Peas release their debut album “Behind The Front” on Interscope Records, on this day in 1998.
BEP’s first set harked back to the days of early hip-hop with a modern approach, echoing the styles of The Cold Crush Brothers, The Treacherous 3 and The Sugar Hill Gang.
The album contained the hit “Joints & Jams”, an indirect ode to The Funky Four Plus One More. “Joints & Jams” was also featured in the 20th Century Fox film “Bulworth” released the same year.
Other hits from “Behind The Front” included “Head Bobs”, “Fallin’ Up” and “Karma.”
Macy Gray would also guest on the album cut “Love Won’t Wait.”
Some of the songs from “Behind The Front” were demos for an album that was to be released a year earlier on Ruthless Records called “Grass Roots”, when an early incarnation of The Black Eyed Peas went by the name A.T.B.A.N. Klann, before they were dropped by the label.