Pinay’Merican is a series of personal entries about exploring identity, as a Filipino-American, an aspiring writer, and a millennial. This is also kinda sorta for my final project in Asian American Media this semester.
The Black Eyed Peas have been around since 1995, but it was not until the addition of Stacy “Fergie” Ferguson and the release of Elephunk that they garnered popularity and music acclaim. Their unique style of hip-hop, funk, and R&B brought music in those genres to a whole new level. But it wasn’t just the music that set BEP apart from other artists of the time; it was the group itself: each member comes from different backgrounds, adding something special to their music. One particular member that contributes to the mix of sounds in BEP’s albums is Allan “apl.de.ap” Pineda, the child of an African American father and a Filipino mother. In Elephunk and other albums following afterward (Monkey Business and The E.N.D.), apl.de.ap has one song that pays homage to his Filipino heritage, in both Tagalog and English. Continue reading Pinay’Merican: Allan Pineda (apl.de.ap) and Pinoy History