BEP: Hip Hop or Hip Not?

Are the Black Eyed Peas still considered hip hop? Should they be? I know they were back in the 90s BEFORE Fergie joined the group. But can they still claim that title? Is having minority members and having a hip hop lineage enough for you to still be claiming and repping the genre? I think they have gone past straddling the fence, melding genres and crossing over. I think they have hurdled the fence and now strickly reside in pop land. There isn't anything wrong with that, but lets call a spade a fucking spade.