London WC2 LA2

London WC2 LA2

The main question that has troubled philosophers and hip-hop heads alike is what constitutes authentic hip-hop. Black Eyed Peas should, by rights, be shunned by purists for being too Hollywood and for actually working as a real live band, but...

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London Shepherd's Bush Empire

London Shepherd's Bush Empire

Will-I-Am stops waving his arms for a moment and eyes the crowd. "We is suffering from a lack of hypeness," he says, not unreasonably, as he surveys the half-empty Empire before begging it to "make some motherf--ing noise". He didn't...

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London Camden Jazz Cafe

London Camden Jazz Cafe

Funny. No-one onstage throws gang signs. Nobody yells "Weeesssstside" or talks about their hellish life with a liberal use of swearwords and racial epithets. Is this a rap show? Do Black Eyed Peas represent Los Angeles to the fullest?...

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Behind The Front

Behind The Front

LIKE A TUB OF BEN & JERRY'S ICE CREAM, 'Behind The Front' is karma-friendly, a bit goofy and made by hippies. And it can induce a headache. LA hip-hop trio Black Eyed Peas present an alternative to the bucks'n'bitches bravado of their rap...

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