The Black Eyed Peas were so appalled by the poverty they've seen on their travels around the world, it influenced the tracks they wrote for their new album Monkey Business.

The members of the rap collective have been exposed to a luxurious lifestyle thanks to their success, but they've been most affected by the plight of the world's poor.

Member JAIME 'TABOO' GOMEZ says, "You go to South Africa and get off the plane, and you see blocks and blocks of shanty homes, miles and miles of houses made out of cardboard boxes.

"Then about another mile down, you see this pristine golf course with only two people on it. That kind of stuff makes you think, and it influences your writing."

10/06/2005 09:14