Monkey Business

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Less original, way more explicit than last CD.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 31 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

It's more like an absence of the wonderful messages on ELEPHUNK


Some violent images.


Explicit sexuality and teasy innuendo.


Some graphic language.


"Gone Going" is a little morality tale about the emptiness of acquiring expensive things; other songs celebrate same...

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Several drug and alcohol references

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that on this CD the Black Eyed Peas have dumped their inclusive and anti-war agenda in favor of explicitly sexual lyrics and references to violence, drugs, and alcohol.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 12-year-old Written by301TheAmazingSo... April 3, 2011


Is this what BEP have come to? I used to love this group for their energy on the first 3 albums, but this album and everything after it sucks.
Adult Written byiambored8907 April 9, 2008
Kid, 12 years old January 26, 2018

Great album, but the age-appropriateness is mixed

I have now listened to the full album. A lot of the songs radio-friendly, but a few of them are pretty graphic. This album is more mature than Elephunk, but sti... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old December 29, 2014

"Let's use our singing skills to talk about iffy things!"

Here is a review of a couple individual songs:

My Humps: Just from the title, you should realize the explict-ness of this song. Lyrics include: "I'm... Continue reading

What's the story?

One of the most charming qualities of the Black Eyed Peas' last album, Elephunk, was its joyfully simplistic message of inclusiveness and world peace. With musical freshness and originality, the whole album seemed to shout out, \"Hey, look at us! We can be political AND have a party!\" If you were hoping for more of the same on MONKEY BUSINESS, you're likely to be disappointed. The music still sparkles, the performances are terrific, the cameos (James Brown, Sting, and Justin Timberlake) are inspired, but forget all that gooey peace-and-love stuff. The party has moved on to sex, drugs, and even some violence. Even in a genre where musical sampling is de rigueur, Monkey Business is notable for its lack of originality.

Is it any good?

If your family's comfort level includes tolerance of explicit lyrics, you might make a game of identifying the all-too-obvious musical influences on each song. You won't find a track on the CD where they're not pretty obvious, so it'll be easy and fun. There are some high points, of course. All of the performances are spectacular; the bubbling "Pump It" pays delightful tribute to surf guitar king Dick Dale's "Miserlou"; and how can you ever go wrong with James Brown? It's party fun, but nothing more.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why some artists feel the need to change their image, especially from good to bad. Does the music make more of an impact with explicit lyrics or themes?

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