Bridging The Gap CD (2000)

Artist: Black Eyed Peas

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The Black Eyed Peas album, BRIDGING THE GAP, is their sophomore effort after making the jump from hip hop dancers to rescpected rap trio. Guests on BRIDGING THE GAP include Macy Gray, Mos Def, Les Nubian, De La Soul, Esthero, Chali 2NA, and Wyclef Jean.


Label Uni/interscope
SKU 60438494
UPC 606949066123
UPC 14 00606949066123
Format CD
Release Date 9/26/2000
Author Black Eyed Peas
Associated Artist/Work Lil Wayne
Technical Info
Producer Rhett Lawrence; Will Adams; Wyclef Jean
CatalogID 490661
Lable Name Interscope (USA)
Released 09/26/2000
Original Release 2000
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00606949066123
Musical Guests
Macy Gray
Les Nubians
Mos Def
De La Soul
Wyclef Jean
Chali 2NA
Album Notes and Credits
Black Eyed Peas: (vocals, Fender Rhodes piano, Clavinet, Hammond B-3 organ, Moog synthezizer, programming); (programming); Taboo.
Additional personnel includes: Wyclef Jean (vocals, guitar); De La Soul,
Mos Def, Macy Gray, Les Nubians, Chali 2Na, Esthero, Kim Hill (vocals); Michaelangelo Fratantuno (guitar); Kevin Torfeh, Susanna Giordano, Roberto Cani, Susan Chatman (strings); Pritz Board (trumpet, Hammond B-3 organ, Moog synthesizer); Jose Espinoza, Eulises Bella, Asoru Sierra (horns); Jerry Duplessis, Miles Taket (bass); DJ Motive (cuts).
Producers includes: Will Adams, DJ Premier, Wyclef Jean, Rhett Lawrence,
Engineers include: Eddie Sancho, Dexter Thibeau, Dejuana Richardson.
Personnel: Kim Hill (vocals); Wyclef Jean (guitar); Suzanna Giordono, Roberto Cani, Susan Chatman (strings); Printz Board (trumpet, keyboards).
Audio Mixers: Dave Pensado; Dexter Thibou.
Recording information: Cutting Room Studio, Newyork, NY; D&D Studios, New York, NY; D&D Studios, NY, NY; Encore Studios, Burbank, CA; Paramont Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Paramount Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Stewchia, Los Angeles, CA; Stewchis, Los Angeles, CA.
Black Eyed Peas represent the kind of progressive hip-hop approach associated with bands such as A Tribe Called Quest or the Roots. While their straight-up rapping skills are indisputable, it's the group's quirky arrangements, production style, and preference for live tracks instead of pre-programmed ones that sets them apart from the pack.
Throughout BRIDGING THE GAP, the trio makes it clear that they're on a mission to take hip-hop to a smarter, more sophisticated place. This is accomplished almost as much by what they don't do as by what they do. They spend a lot of time talking about unification and other high-minded ideals, and distancing themselves from any notions of violence. They also take care to collaborate with artists they consider like-minded, including De La Soul, Wyclef, and Macy Gray. BRIDGING THE GAP's mix of funk, rap, pop, and soul is a strong brew when combined with the Black Eyed Peas' often-heady lyrical sentiments.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (10/12/00, p.90) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...A more organic-feeling representation of their considerable skills and vision. Uncluttered but muscular production, deft samples and smart rhymes ensure repeated listenings..."
Q (11/00, p.101) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Right-on rapping....their Hispanic-flavored style constantly edges between sounding cool and simply withdrawn..."
Mixmag (9/00, p.169) - 3 out of 5 - "...Original, funked-up music....BRIDGING THE GAPS is another little gem..."
The Source (12/00, pp.240-2) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...BEP fine-tune their aesthetic. They integrate coffee-shop soul with disco-ball grooves, using spacey electronics and soft analog samples to interlace their aural space. the sound is familair and still refreshingly original..."
Disc 1
1 BEP Empire, The
2 Weekends - (featuring Esthero)
3 Get Original - (featuring Chali 2Na)
4 Hot
5 Cali To New York - (featuring De La Soul)
6 Lil' Lil'
7 On My Own - (featuring Les Nubian/Mos Def)
8 Release
9 Bridging The Gaps
10 Go Go
11 Rap Song - (featuring Wyclef Jean)
12 Bringing It Back
13 Tell Your Mama Come
14 Request Line - (featuring Macy Gray)

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