Behind the Front

For 1926 film, see Behind the Front (film).
Behind the Front
Studio album by Black Eyed Peas
Released June 30, 1998
Recorded 1997–1998
Genre Hip hop,[1] alternative hip hop[2]
Length 73:53
Black Eyed Peas chronology
Grass Roots
Behind the Front
Bridging the Gap
Singles from Behind the Front
  1. "Fallin' Up/¿Que Dices?"
    Released: December 3, 1997
  2. "Joints & Jam"
    Released: November 9, 1998[3]
  3. "Karma"
    Released: April 6, 1999[4]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic [1] link
Robert Christgau link
Rolling Stone [2]

Behind the Front is the debut studio album by American hip hop group Black Eyed Peas, released on June 30, 1998.[5]


Most of the tracks were demos for the Grass Roots album, with added verses by new member Taboo. The song "Joints & Jam" appeared on the soundtrack of the movie Bulworth, where it was billed as "Joints & Jams". "Be Free" also features in the film She's All That. On the back cover, "Skit 3" is listed after "Duet", when it actually appears after "Communication". This was their only studio album to be released in a Parental Advisory version and an Edited version. On the edited version's back cover, "Skit 3" is properly listed after "Communication".

Music videos

In 1997, a music video for the song "Head Bobs" was filmed and finished, however, the band decided to not release the song as a single. Around the same time a music video for the song "Fallin' Up" was also created, however, was decided that the album's first official single would be "Joints & Jam", with its respective music video released. A similar video to "Joints & Jam" was filmed for the song "What It Is", but like "Head Bobs" and "Fallin Up", the song wasn't an official single. The last music video to be released from the album was "Karma", the album's second and final official single. All five music videos were included on the DVD Behind the Bridge to Elephunk.

Track listing

No. TitleWriter(s)Producers Length
1. "Fallin' Up" (contains "Skit 1") (featuring Sierra Swan & Planet Swan)William Adams, Allan Pineda, Jaime Gomez, Kevin Feyen, Brian 5:09
2. "Clap Your Hands" (featuring Dawn Beckman)Adams, Pineda, Gomez, Z. Modeliste, A. Neville, L. Nocentelli, G. 4:57
3. "Joints & Jam" (featuring Ingrid Dupree)Adams, Pineda, Gomez, Paul Poli, G. Phillinganes, B. Gibb, T. SmithPaul Poli,* 3:35
4. "The Way U Make Me Feel" (featuring Kim Hill)Adams, Kim Hill, C. GuaicoC-Los,* 4:19
5. "Movement" (contains "Skit 2")Adams, Pineda, Gomez, Feyen, Lapin, Fratantuno, T. 4:42
6. "Karma" (featuring Einstein Brown)Adams, Pineda, Feyen, Debbie Harry, N. 4:28
7. "Be Free" (featuring Kim Hill)Adams, Pineda, T. Stahl, J. 4:06
8. "Say Goodbye" (featuring Dawn Beckman)Adams, Pineda, Gomez, Feyen, Lapin, M. 4:01
9. "Duet" (featuring Redfoo)Adams, Pineda, S.K. Gordy, Lapin,, Brian Lapin* 4:21
10. "Communication" (contains "Skit 3")Adams, Pineda, Fratantuno, Feyen, 5:41
11. "What It Is" (featuring Kim Hill)Adams, Pineda, Fratantuno, T. Browne, 4:45
12. "¿Que Dices?"  Adams, Pineda, Gomez, Feyen, 4:01
13. "A8"  Adams, Pineda, Gomez, Feyen, 3:52
14. "Love Won't Wait" (featuring Macy Gray)Adams, Pineda, Macy Gray, Feyen, 3:35
15. "Head Bobs"  Adams, Pineda, Feyen, LapinLapin,* 4:14
16. "Positivity" (includes Hidden Outro)Adams, Pineda, Gomez, Feyen, Lapin, 8:07

(*) (co-produced)

Sample credits


Black Eyed Peas
B.E.P. musicians
Additional musicians
Guest Vocalists


  1. 1 2 link
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  3. "Joints & Jam [Vinyl]: Black Eyed Peas: Music". Retrieved 2012-02-08.
  4. "Karma [Vinyl]: Black Eyed Peas: Music". Retrieved 2012-02-08.
  5. "iTunes - Music - Behind the Front by The Black Eyed Peas". 1998-06-29. Retrieved 2012-02-08.
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