Will.I.Am’s unapologetic pursuit of pop music gets him labeled “fake” by so-called hip-hop purists who hate his intersections of rhythm with dance floor stuff, capable songwriting, and the bohemian dress of his base group the Black Eyed Peas. These people would have preferred if the Los Angeles native had stayed on Ruthless Records and followed the ways of its Gangsta rapping founder Eazy E. But Songs About Girls is evidence that someone other than Lionel Richie can command a guileless balance between white and black music audience tastes while staying true to the trailways of the blues. Although he appears to be an exclusive member of a trendy Black leftist music club the image shifts when he serves crude compliments for the voluptuous butts in the room with wildly droning synths buzzing at the pace of a techno attack, Snoop reprising his famous G-Thing rap and android-sounding girls chanting about owning a donkey for a backside. “The Donque Song’s” sexist creed is almost passable in its seemingly satiric fonk frenzy but the shadow of the Hottentot Venus as well as the worn image of the thug sacrifices too much painful history for a lazy objectification of the gluteus maximus. Fortunately, these cornball tactics do not waste much space on the album that addresses women from different sexual and romantic standpoints.