• Record Label: A&M
  • Release Date: Jun 7, 2005
Metascore
48

Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 20
  2. Negative: 3 out of 20
  1. Monkey Business is just as bright if not quite as fun as Elephunk.
  2. You'll keep looking for songs with more depth than "Ba Bump," only to find that they're basically all at that level.
  3. Uncut
    60
    If anything, though, this pop machine is too tightly drilled. [Jul 2005, p.94]
  4. Q Magazine
    60
    Monkey Business proves that less could have been more. [Jul 2005, p.110]
  5. It's zany, antiseptic kitsch, like the soundtrack to the ultimate Old Navy commercial.
  6. Entertainment Weekly
    50
    A bland meringue. [3 Jun 2005, p.81]
  7. On track after track, The Black Eyed Peas boast about their prowess to get people dancing better than anyone else. In so doing, The Black Eyed Peas come of as so... unoriginal.
  8. So safe and sanitised it makes The Fugees sound like NWA.
  9. What the group made sound effortless in the past sounds strained and canned here.
  10. Spin
    42
    The Peas give fun a bad name. [Jul 2005, p.104]
  11. The lyrical inspiration has evaporated.
  12. There's nary an original note on the entire album.
  13. Blender
    40
    What initially feels jubilant soon turns grating. [Jul 2005, p.115]
  14. Mojo
    40
    They fare less well when they get ambitious. [Jul 2005, p.112]
User Score
6.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 159 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 93 out of 159
  2. Negative: 47 out of 159
  1. Oct 25, 2018
    10
    This album is great. Not the best of the Black Eyed Peas, but still great. 7/10
  2. Nov 20, 2017
    8
    Unapologetic high-energy hip-pop with thumps and silly rhymes that can get stuck in your head for days. "My Humps" could be the female answerUnapologetic high-energy hip-pop with thumps and silly rhymes that can get stuck in your head for days. "My Humps" could be the female answer to "Baby Got Back." Yes, it's nonsensical, but given that the BEP, known for the smash hit "Where Is The Love?," ends the monkeying with "Union," you can't say that they aren't aware. "Pump It," "Don't Phunk With My Heart," and "Like That" together have enough energy to power up the electricity of the entire Earth. This is one for the dancefloor. Full Review »
  3. Jun 6, 2013
    8
    Something lacks in this one, but not something huge. This album still rides on Pump It, Don't Lie, Don't Phunk With my Heart, and more. NotSomething lacks in this one, but not something huge. This album still rides on Pump It, Don't Lie, Don't Phunk With my Heart, and more. Not only good hip hop, but good music to move to. Full Review »