You may know the name Apl.de.ap as the name of the member of the famous band, ‘The black eyed peas’. The name has much more significance. Apl is actually the stage name of Allen Pineda Lindo. Allen is a Filipino-American rapper and songwriter and is known as a member of “The Black-eyed Peas”.
Allen was born on November 28, 1974, and is now 42 years old. He was born in Angeles City, Philippines. He had an African American father who left the family to fend for themselves after Allen was born. His mother took it upon herself and raised Allen along with his six elder siblings as a single mother. When he was a little boy, he would help his family out by farming sweet potatoes and rice.
He was later adopted by an American lawyer through the dollar-a-day program. His name was Joe Ben Hudgens and he arranged for treatment for Nystagmus, which was an eye condition that Allen developed when he was 14 years old. He was treated in the United States and he told his donor that he wished to stay along with him. Surprisingly, Hudgens agreed and Allen moved to the United States when he was 14 years old.
When in Los Angeles, Allen would meet future will.i.am, William Adams. Due to his Nystagmus, Allen eventually lost sight in both his eyes and had been blind for his entire career. However, due to this advancement in medical science, he recently got back his vision in 2012.
Career: The idea for the band, ‘The Black Eyed Peas’, goes back to when Allen and William Adams were eight graders. They struck it off as soon as they met and became a rapping duo in LA. Their band was originally called Atban Klann but their first album the Grass Roots was not released to the public because of the death of the manager of their record company. After 1995, they changed their name to the ‘Black Eyed Peas’. The band stood out in their fashion sense and their performing style as they would perform with a live band, unlike other Hip Hop artists.
Most of Apl’s career was with the Black Eyed Peas and he released several albums along with his band. The Band released an album with a new fourth member, ‘Fergie’ called Elephunk. In 2006, the band released their fourth album called Monkey Business and later broke up and went their own ways mutually as they wanted to focus on their own projects for some time.
The band came back in 2009 with both the band and Fergie leaving A&M records and moving to Interscope records to represent them. The band was in business till 2012 after which there has been no new news about the band’s activities although Allen has been quite busy what with his music video with American Idol runner-up Jessica Sanchez.
The music video titled ‘Jump in’ is in collaboration with Smart Communications. Allen also released a single titled ‘Balkibayan’ in September of 2013. In January of 2014, he released a single with Honey Cocaine and Jessica Reynoso which was titled ‘Be’.
Apl.de.ap Net Worth
As of 2017, Apl’s net worth is touted to be upwards of $32 million US dollars. The majority of Apl.de.ap’s wealth came from his stint in his band, ‘The Black Eyed Peas’. When he released songs as part of the band, the songs sold many million copies making him worth million as well.
He has also appeared on many shows as a mentor including the popular show, The Voice. His frequent appearances on stage and on TV all led to him getting huge salaries because of his popularity. As a member of the Black Eyed Peas, he was well respected and his net worth steadily kept increasing till it is calculated at $32 million US dollars in 2017.
In a recent interview, Allen Pineda Lindo revealed that his eye condition which was due to rapid movement of the eye restricted his vision and he was blind according to the law during the entirety of his stint as a band member of his band. Musicians like Allen are very inspirational and an icon to people of all ages that hard work always helps you out and you should never let anything affect your passion.