After hearing the first single, the Macy Gray featured 'Request Line' I bought this album on a whim, I don't even like Macy Gray, but I am dawm happy that I did. To say this album is the best Hip Hop album of recent times maybe goes too far, but it is surely up there. As with all good Hip Hop records it features other artists, and with a list that includes De La Soul, Mos Def and Wyclef (as well as Miss Gray) one can hardly argue over its credentials. The best tracks probably come in the first half, such as, in my opinion, the best two tracks 'Hot' and 'Get Original', the latter featuring the godly vocal talents of Jurassic 5's Chali2na. As an overall album 'Bridging the gap' "does exactly what it says on the tin", it brings together the best aspects of modern Hip Hop with soulful tunes and killer eclectic production. Black Eyed Peas are surely one of the most underated Hip Hop bands on the planet, do yourself a favour- buy the album.