Black Eyed Peas

Back when I was in college at the University of Delaware, everyone was listening to Kid ‘n Play‘s 2Hype.

The CD included the party song of the day, a little ditty called Rollin’ With Kid ‘n Play. Then, when House Party and House Party II hit theatres, the deed was done. We were all Kid ‘n Play fans. Hell, I can still tell you, unambiguously, that “Kid spelled backward describes you best.”*

Now, some 20 years later, I am loathe to admit this because, well, Kid ‘n Play sucked. Royally. In a hindsight-laced nutshell, they were two hack “rappers” (quotes intended) who didn’t even write their own stuff. They could dance a little, rhyme a little, act a little (very little). But because we were young, dumb and willing to buy anything shiny, we, the students of 1990, were hooked.

I bring this up because, in 2009, I see great similarities between Kid ‘n Play and the flavor of the past few years—the awful Black Eyed Peas. Like Kid ‘n Play, the Peas put out infectious grooves. Like Kid ‘n Play, the Peas have some physical appeal. Like Kid ‘n Play, the Peas, well, bite. They’re not merely terrible. They’re t-e-r-r-i-b-l-e. So bad. And yet, because of packaging and makeup and hype, they sell and sell and sell.

Anyhow, remember this post 10 years from now, when “Black Eyed Peas” is synonymous with suckitude.

* A line from the epic House Party battle scene.

3 thoughts on “Black Eyed Peas”

  1. Man, if this line “We were all Kid N’ Play fans” doesn’t describe the University of Delaware, nothing will.

    You lived through rap’s renaissance, there was Public Enemy, NWA, Ice Cube, A Tribe Called Quest, Ice T, Eric B. and Rakim even Run DMC was still pushing out CDs.

    And there were a ton of party bands too like Digital Underground, Leaders of the New School, even MC Hammer wasn’t that bad.

    But Kid N Play? They weren’t the Black Eye Peas of their generation, they were like the Jonas Brothers or Miley Cryus. Hell, they had their own Saturday Morning Cartoon.

    You get the Gas Face.

  2. I remember watching the pregame show for the NFL season opener (Titans @ Steelers) and the Black Eyed Peas were performing. I remember seeing them dance around, shouting “Boom Boom Pow” while thousands of Steelers fans swung terrible towels in the air and I remember thinking, “Really?”

  3. You know what, the more I think about this the more that I think that this is like going to the University of Delaware in 1969 and announcing that your favorite group is the Archies.

    Forget the Beatles, the Stones, the Dead, Hendrix, Cream, the Doors, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan, etc. The Archies where were it’s at.

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