This week on the music beat


— GIVE PEAS A CHANCE Remember hippie-hop Cali collective Black Eyed Peas, who collaborated with Mos Def, De La Soul, and Jurassic 5 on 2000’s Bridging the Gap? Well, forget them and meet pop-rock band Black Eyed Peas, who are teaming up with Papa Roach, blink-182, and Justin Timberlake for next year’s Elephunk. Why the new pod, Peas? ”We’re going alternative because those people embrace us,” says vocalist Taboo. ”Having longevity is important to us.” The tune ”Anxiety,” with Papa Roach, has already been confirmed for the CD, due in April, but the tracks with blink-182’s Travis Barker and Timberlake are awaiting approval. ”On the website, people have been disappointed to hear that Papa Roach and all these people are on this album,” says Taboo. But he’s not concerned. ”I’m all about taking care of my family, and those comments are not taking care of my family. Rapping at open mikes and freestyling on the block is cool, but I got a son and I want success.” — Evan Serpick

— BROTHERS’ KEEPERS It was enough to give you a bona fide Big Chill. When the Funk Brothers — the crack session team behind the Motown sound — played Harlem’s Apollo Theater on Nov. 7, the feeling of vindication for these largely unheralded musicians was tangible. The seven (of an original 13) surviving Funk Brothers wowed the crowd with a celebratory show following the premiere of Standing in the Shadows of Motown, a docu about their years as the legendary label’s house band from 1959 to ’72, directed by Paul Justman (see review, p. 53). At the concert, the Brothers were joined by Angie Stone, Mario, Bootsy Collins, Musiq, and others for classics like ”Shotgun” and ”You Can’t Hurry Love,” as well as a rousing encore of ”Uptight.” Quipped Stone: ”This is where the true school of soul music intertwines with the new school of soul music.” Collins observed, ”These muthas is the funkiest muthas in the universe.” Obviously moved, Funk Bro Jack Ashford (percussion and vibraphone) said, ”We’ve been waiting 30 years for this.” –Tom Sinclair