Don't Phunk with My Heart (4:02)

Cover of Monkey Business (International Edition)

From Monkey Business (International Edition) and 2 other releases

“Don’t Phunk with My Heart”, titled “Don’t Mess with My Heart” on the radio edit, is a song by The Black Eyed Peas from their fourth album Monkey Business. It was released as the lead single from the album on May 10, 2005.

The melodies used in the song were taken from two Indian songs from two 1970s Hindi/Indian movies: “Ye Mera Dil Pyaar Ka Diwana” from Don (1978) and “Ae Naujawan Hai Sub” from Apradh (1972). Both songs were originally composed by Kalyanji Anandji and sung by Asha Bhosle. This song was remixed for The Black Eyed Peas’ fifth studio album The E.N.D. as “Don’t Phunk Around.”

The opening music for the song is sampled from “Yeh Mera Dil Pyar Ka Diwana”, an Indian song from the 1978 Bollywood movie Don. This same sample can be heard regularly in the MTV reality series The Hills when a segment ends before a commercial break. The rest of the melody used in the song is based on “Aye Naujawan Hai Sub Yahan”, a song from the 1972 Bollywood movie Apradh. Both songs were originally composed by the Kalyanji Anandji brothers, sung by Asha Bhosle, and featured the dancer Helen Richardson. The Black Eyed Peas acquired the rights for the songs from the music label Sa Re Ga Ma, the copyright holders of both songs, though they never got in touch with Anandji Virji Shah, the surviving member of the Kalyanji Anandji duo.

The song also uses a vocal interpolation of “I Wonder If I Take You Home” originally performed by Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam. In this exotic, but “phunky” jam, will.i.am, Apl.de.

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