The Inspirational Journey of Allan Pineda
Allan Pineda, best known as “Apl.de.Ap,” is a member of the hip-hop group, The Black Eyed Peas. The group became internationally famous, winning the Grammys for three consecutive years starting 2005, making Apl.de.Ap the very first Filipino to receive such honor.
Allan Pineda Lindo was born to a Filipina mother and an African-American father. At the age of 14, he moved to Los Angeles after he was adopted by an American family. Soon after, he met William Adams. Because both share the same passion for music, they became the foundation of The Black Eyed Peas.
The musician’s early musical influences include The Eagles, Stevie Wonder, A Tribe Called Quest and the Filipino folk group, Asin. Pineda became acquainted to hip-hop music by break dancing. According to him, “I would see kids at the corner break-dancing and I’m like, ‘I wanna do that.’”
Way back 1988, William Adams (will.i.am) and Allan Pineda (apl.de.ap) rapped and performed together around Los Angeles. They both caught the attention of Eazy-E manager and were signed to Ruthless Records, along with another friend of theirs named Dante Santiago. As a trio, they called themselves, Atban Klann. Their debut album, Grass Roots, was not released due to the death of Ruthless founder, Eazy-E.
After that, they reformed and altered their name to Black Eyed Pods, and then to Black Eyed Peas. Jaime Gomez replaced Dante Santiago, while Kim Hill was their steady background singer. They signed with Interscope Records and released their debut album, Behind the Front.
It was only in2003 when Fergie became a member of the group. In the same year, they released their third album, Elephunk, with chart-topping singles, Shut Up and Where is the Love? Their next album was a certified 4x Platinum and was considered a worldwide success, with the hit singles, Don’t Phunk with My Heart and My Humps.
In 2012, Apl.de.Ap made solo appearances at various events. He teamed up with Smart Communications to release a music video with American Idol Season 11 runner-up Jessica Sanchez. He was also named as one of the four coaches of The Voice franchise in the Philippines.
Even with his huge success in the music industry, Apl.de.Ap stayed humble and close to his roots. He served as an inspiration to others who have the same life story. His success has put all his six younger siblings through school and built a new house for his family. He also actively participated in various non-profit causes in his motherland.
The Inspirational Journey of Allan Pineda by Holly Bissonnette