Eazy-E, "Merry Muthaphuckkin' Xmas (1991)
Years before they were asking "Where is the Love," two of the Black Eyed Peas got their start on a dirty Christmas record, spitting swears alongside Eazy-E and Dolemite. Both will.i.am and apl.de.ap were L.A. high schoolers in conscious hip-hop group called Tribal Nation, who got the attention of the decidedly less conscious Eazy. They got a record deal on Ruthless: "To a 17-year old, $10,000…" marveled will. "Granted, it was, like, for life. Eazy-E had me signed like forever"). They dropped their first verses on Eazy's first post-N.W.A. EP, 5150 – Home 4 tha Sick, but their 1992 record was ultimately shelved. Three multi-platinum records for Interscope is a perfectly acceptable rebound, though.