Nurturing Homegrown Talent
Apl.de.ap introduces a new entertainment company for Asian talents named BMBX Entertainment. Based in Singapore, the label leverages the expertise of Apl.de.ap and his business partners to develop world-class Asian artists from both production and marketing sides. With this platform, Apl.de.ap hopes to bridge the musical artistry of Asian countries and global audiences as he brings homegrown talent onto an international stage. Click through to find out about BMBX’s current roster of amazing Asian-Americans singers, performers, DJ’s and bands.
To find out more about BMBX, visit www.bmbx.asia
Following Their Dreams
In high school, best friends, Apl.de.ap and will.i.am, formed a breakdancing group and they would rap and perform at parties around LA. They would battle other dance groups in the club. The pair signed to Ruthless Records (run by Eazy-E) in 1992, catching the attention of Eazy-E’s manager, Jerry Heller's, nephew. Along with another friend of theirs, Dante Santiago, they called their trio Atban Klann (ATBAN: A Tribe Beyond a Nation). will.i.am, Apl.de.ap, Mookie Mook, DJ Motiv8, and Dante Santiago formed Atban Klann. Their debut album, Grass Roots, was never released because Ruthless founder Eazy-E had died.
Unmistakable from the beginning, The Black Eyed Peas had a look and sound that made them stand out. Unlike many Hip-Hop acts, they chose to perform with a live band and adopted a musical and clothing style that differed wildly from the gansta rap sounds of LA-based Hip-Hop at the time. With little financial resources but lots of style in their early days, the band’s love of fashion was evident. The group would drive hours to thrift stores to pick up pieces in the vein of old-timey groups of the past. This signature look separated them from the loose street style at the time.
Apl.de.ap and will.i.am's keen attention to their costume detail would eventually yield a futuristic look everyone associates with the band today. A love of unique street style mixed with avant-garde high fashion flare remains a key visual factor for Apl and the group today. The rest is history as multi-Grammy winning group The Black Eyed Peas continues to break records and shatter the mold today with their sound, style and collective spirit.
The Black Eyed Peas
The Black Eyed Peas are an American Hip-Hop group, consisting of rappers will.i.am, Apl.de.ap, Taboo, and singer, Fergie. Originally an alternative Hip-Hop group, they subsequently added R&B, pop and EDM/dance influences. Although the group was founded in Los Angeles in 1995, it was not until the release of their third album Elephunk in 2003 that they found widespread acclaim and achieved high record sales. Since that time, the group has sold an estimated 76 million records (35 million albums and 41 million singles), making them one of the world's best-selling groups of all time. The Black Eyed Peas were the second-best-selling artist/group of all time for downloaded tracks, with over 42 million sales as of the end of 2011.
The Black Eyed Peas (cont'd)
Their first major hit was the 2003 single "Where Is the Love?" from Elephunk, which topped the charts in 13 countries, including the United Kingdom, where it spent seven weeks at number one and went on to become Britain's biggest selling single of 2003. Another European hit single from the album was "Shut Up". Their fourth album, Monkey Business, was an even bigger worldwide success, certified 4x Platinum in the U.S., and spawning four singles, "Don't Phunk with My Heart", "Don't Lie", "My Humps" and "Pump It". In 2009, the group became one of only 11 artists to have simultaneously held the No. 1 and No. 2 spots on the Billboard Hot 100, with their singles "Boom Boom Pow" and "I Gotta Feeling", which topped the chart for an unprecedented 26 consecutive weeks. This album The E.N.D. later produced a third Hot 100 number-one placement with "Imma Be", making the group one of few to ever place three number one singles on the chart from the same album, before being followed with "Rock That Body" and "Meet Me Halfway", which peaked in the Top 10 of the Hot 100. "I Gotta Feeling" became the first single to sell more than one million downloads in the United Kingdom.
The Black Eyed Peas (cont'd)
The Black Eyed Peas were ranked 12th on Billboard's Decade-End Chart Artist of the Decade, and 7th in the Hot 100 Artists of the Decade. At the 52nd Grammy Awards ceremony, held in January 2010, they won three awards out of six nominations. In November 2010, they released the album The Beginning. In February 2011, the group performed at the Super Bowl XLV halftime show. The album's first two singles, "The Time (Dirty Bit)" and "Just Can't Get Enough", became international hits and topped the charts in many countries. The single "Don't Stop the Party" became an international hit too.
The APL that Gave Back to The Tree
As he became financially stable and one of the most famous Filipinos in the world, Apl dedicates himself by giving back to his country and youth everywhere through his apl.de.ap foundation focused on education, technology, helping vision-challenged babies and art-therapy. Apl has not shied away from acknowledging his Filipino roots and continues to embrace his heritage, even in his work. From his humble beginnings to his extreme fame he still retains the Filipino hospitality and "bayanihan" spirit. His humility, generosity, sense of humor and graciousness to his fans remains a core part of who he is.
A product of a foundation himself, giving back remains a core purpose for Apl.de.ap who overcame hurdles with his vision and humble beginnings in the Philippines. His story continues as he gives back through education and technology. Apl is quoted as saying “Education is the ladder to life” and as such, the apl.de.ap foundation focuses on supporting youth to grant opportunities through arts, technology and healthcare.
An NGO committed to empowering Filipino youth, the foundation’s goal is to provide the tools to individuals who are passionate and driven to make a difference in their lives and in the lives of others.
The foundation has both international and Philippine based programs whose focus areas are:
• THE ARTS: They support arts programs that have a track record of success in guiding talented students.
• TECHNOLOGY: They collaborate with organizations that promote skill building and entrepreneurship through the use of technology.
• HEALTH: They provide eyesight care for children.
Rebuilding The Philippines After Typhoon Haiyan
In the spirit of global giving and artistic collaboration, the apl.de.ap foundation put on “REBUILD Philippines!,” a benefit concert for the victims affected by Typhoon Haiyan at the Greek Theatre in LA on June 8th 2014. Performers included fellow band mates will.i.am, Taboo along with DJ Ammo and DJ Poet to name a few.
Additional Efforts Include: There are several projects ongoing in the foundation including building classrooms in the Philippines, establishing a computer lab and recording a studio in Angeles City, Pampanga, and college sponsorships for well-deserving students.
The Apl Of My Eye Project
Every year, at least ten percent of all births in the Philippines involving premature babies are caused in part by the relative deficient nature of prenatal care available to the poor. At least thirty percent of these premature babies develop retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). If the affliction is not treated within 48 hours of diagnosis these premature babies become permanently blind. The Apl of My Eye Project is an initiative to train doctors in the Philippines to treat this pediatric eye affliction (ROP). Combining the expertise and passion of apl.de.ap foundation and principal program partner Dr. Thomas Lee, Director of the Vision Center of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the campaign will provide a sustainable approach to the diagnosis and treatment of this specialized medical condition.
We Can Be Anything
Apl.de.ap lends his celebrity, music and personal network to rally massive support for key education initiatives, while reinforcing the broader message on the importance of education. On a personal level, he simply wants to tell young Filipinos that he was able to go so far in life because he got an education. To deliver this message, he has composed the song, “We Can Be Anything”, around which a campaign could be built.
Apl.de.ap is a Filipino-American rapper, dancer, music producer and philanthropist. He is best known as one of the original-founding members of the world renowned American Hip Hop/Pop Group: The Black Eyed Peas.
Born Allan Pineda on Nov. 28th, 1974, Allan faced many challenges as a child growing up in the barrios of Angeles City, Pampanga Province in the Philippines. Allan was born with retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), an eye disorder that if untreated within 48 hours of diagnosis at birth results in a permanent eye disability. Unfortunately, the healthcare system in the Philippines was not equipped to diagnose or recognize the disorder when Allan was born.
Early Life (cont'd)
As a result, today, Allan is considered legally blind. Furthermore, his mother was a native Filipina, while his father was an African-American serviceman stationed at a local airbase. Shortly after his birth, Allan’s father returned to the United States and they have not been in touch ever since.
A Life Changing Stranger
The oldest of six younger siblings, Apl would make an hour-long jeepney journey to and from school and help his family by farming sweet potatoes and rice. In an effort to help her children, his mother signed Apl up for The Pearl S. Buck Foundation, an American organization that matched him with a sponsor through a dollar-a-day program.
Coming to The U.S.
Apl began to write to his sponsor in gratitude as his mother instilled being thankful in him. An important aspect of receiving the aid was maintaining good grades, which unfortunately, Apl could not. He’d apologize for poor grades due to his vision problems stemming from a macular disease called nystagmus, which causes his eyes to vibrate. In each week’s letters, Apl’s stories continued to describe not being able to see the chalkboard. When Apl mentioned he had problems with his eyesight, his sponsor offered to bring him to the United States for a medical consultation. Apl’s mom agreed to send him for a visit.
An American Dream
As a result of a fateful meeting with his sponsor, Joe Hudgens, Apl’s life changed forever due to the kindness of an American with a big heart and an unshakeable, larger-than-life spirit.
On his visit to Los Angeles, Apl had the chance to visit Disneyland and fell in love with the USA. Upon returning home, he told his sponsor that he would love to live in the States. Hudgens had begun to truly care about Apl and offered to adopt him. Apl went back home and discussed it with his mom and together they came to terms with the implications of the decision. She agreed to let Apl move to the States.
Two years later, Hudgens was able to formally adopt Apl at the age of 14. He came to live in Glendale, Los Angeles leaving behind everything he knew in hopes of a better life.
A Friend & Brother by Choice
When in LA, Apl at first had no friends and struggled due to the language barrier. Hudgens had a roommate named Donnie, who had a nephew that lived close by. Hudgens asked him to introduce Apl to his nephew: William James Adams (better known as will.i.am).
The two bonded immediately despite a language barrier through a shared love of dance. Their friendship spanned high school years and so much more. Today, they remain the best friends and consider each other brothers by choice. The two would end up following their dreams and creating The Black Eyed Peas. The rest is history.
Today Apl remains a part of The Black Eyed Peas and is in production of a solo album due out in 2014. Apl is an active music producer of rising stars in Asia through his BMBX Entertainment and continues to tour the world DJing events. He is a devoted philanthropist through his apl.de.ap foundation and an ambassador of many others such as recent events Pinoy Relief and The Happy Hearts Gala in 2014. Currently, Apl also serves as a judge on The Voice of the Philippines.
The Voice Of The Philippines
Apl.de.ap reprises his role as a coach on The Voice of the Philippines, a Filipino offshoot of a popular reality singing competition aired on ABS-CBN, where his bandmate will.i.am also serves as a coach in the UK version. He will star alongside fellow coaches and Filipino icons, Lea Salonga, Sarah Geronimo and Bamboo Manalac. Apl.de.ap’s message remains, “To all those aspiring singers out there, just because you don’t win any music competition, don’t give up. Keep believing in yourself, do a lot of shows, utilize all these social media to make yourself known.”
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I Am Fan
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Los Angeles Daily News
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Los Angeles Register
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October 30, 2014
October 13, 2014
ASAP Live in LA
October 2, 2014
Spam N Eggs
September 9, 2014
Apl.de.ap is Clark Green City endorser
August 30, 2014
August 16, 2014
2014 Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa Summer Extravaganza
July 10, 2014
Summeranza 2014 London
July 8, 2014
Happy Hearts Gala
June 11, 2014
One Vibe Ph
June 8, 2014
April 26, 2014
DJ Set at Club S2 Shanghai
April 13, 2014
Marquee Nightclub Sydney, Australia
March 11, 2014
Pinoy Relief Benefit Concert
March 1, 2014
AFC Digmaan sa Angeles
February 17, 2014
The Senate Award (The Senate of the Philippines)
December 31, 2013
New Year’s Celebration Illusions
November 17, 2013
Xana Beach Club (DJ Set?)