The Black Eyed Peas are an American hip hop group, consisting of rappers will.i.am (vocals, piano), apl.de.ap (vocals, drums), Taboo (vocals, DJ), and singer Fergie (vocals). Originally an alternative hip hop group, they subsequently added R&B and EDM influences. The Black Eyed Peas date back to 1988, when eighth-graders William Adams (will.i.am) and Allan Pineda (apl.de.ap) met and began rapping and performing together around Los Angeles. Jaime Gomez (Taboo) joined in 1995 when they named themselves The Black Eyed Peas. Fergie joined the group in 2002, introduced to will.i.am by former member Dante Santiago. It was not until the release of their third album Elephunk in 2003 that they achieved high record sales.