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Before Fergie Joined The BEP, There Was Another Vocalist—“They Got Rid Of The Black Girl, Then They Got The White Girl, And They Blew Up”

The Black Eyed Peas as we all know them, are conformed by Will.I.Am, Taboo, Apl.De.Ap and Fergie. What many people may not know is that Fergie actually replaced the group’s original singer, Kim Hill, in 2002. In a new “op-doc” published by the New York Times, the former vocalist got real about what happened.

Back in 1995, Hill joined Will.i.am, Apl.de.ap, and Taboo when they were forming the Black Eyed Peas. 

Hill met Will.I.Amwhen she moved to L.A. to pursue a musical career. He approached her and they began writing music together. The band eventually gained a following and got to open for the likes of OutKast and No Doubt, but the fame wasn’t all positive for Hill.

Right before the group skyrocketed to fame, she felt its fame put pressure on her to be over-sexualized.

“There was new management now, so it’s a whole different set of expectations and pressure. It just started to get clumsy and messy. You want me to grind on Will.i.am in a bathing suit?” Hill says in the video. “That was being asked of me, never by the guys. That was happening from an executive level.”

“The tug of war was about my sexuality and how much of that I was willing to like, literally strip down.” 

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“I never wanted to be objectified while doing my music. ‘Where’s your voice? Where are you?’” she continues.

At the dawn of the 90s, hip-hop faced something of a crisis. 

The success of gangsta rap groups such as Los Angeles natives NWA, whose 1988 debut album, Straight Outta Compton, detailed street violence in an uncompromising and explicit style. Hip-hop’s more aggressive artists were the most popular ones.

When it came to the Black Eyed Peas’ voice and rising fame, Hill and the other members had conflicting opinions on how they should evolve.

She believed it was the group’s “duty to progress [hip-hop],” she says, adding that its uniqueness was being “happy at a time in hip-hop where it really wasn’t okay to just be happy.”

She resented that outside voices wanted her to appear sexualized, objectified.

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But at the same time, she understood her bandmates’ didn’t have her privilege to refuse the demands of a burgeoning career. “The pressure started coming to, like, soften it up and make it super-commercial. [I] was like, ‘We’re not really going to do that, are we?’” Hill recalls. “And the guys were like, ‘You don’t have to go back to East L.A. if this doesn’t work out.’”

Not wanting to tear the group apart, Hill left and pursued her solo career. 

The Black Eyed Peas eventually brought on Fergie. Soon they were “inescapable”, as Hill says, going on to win six Grammys, sell millions of albums, and release hits like “My Humps” and “I Gotta Feeling.”

Hill has nothing but love for Will.

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Kim Hill reached out to Will once The Peas became a worldwide sensation. “Will was so happy, and I called,” she explains. “And I was like…I saw you on TV and you are happy. And I just want you to know, I’m happy for you.” From then on, Hill’s relationship with the band has been amicable. 

The former BEP vocalist didn’t throw any shade at the band.

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“No one handed them anything,” she says. “They worked their asses off. They deserve it.”

Does she resent Fergie? Not at all, if anything, she think’s they’d bond perfectly.

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Hill has never personally met Fergie. “She’s never done anything to me. She didn’t take anything from me,” Hill says. “What I do feel like is if we ever met it would be like an embrace with a hug and a deep breath because I think we just kind of know something about being that female in that construct, and that is — it’s tough.”

“I was there for that part of Hip Hop, that was kind of the last of it.”

There was a seismic shift in hip-hop before the decade was out. A new generation of rap stars who were as comfortable on the red carpet or in the boardroom as they were in the recording studio started to emerge.

Many artists moved on from the overt violence and harnessed radio-friendly productions to cross over into the pop market. 

“It’s okay that it’s not wrapped up in a bow, with platinum records and a big house.” says Hill about missing out on the fame and fortune of having been part of The Black Eyed Peas. “I had my happy.” The singer is now divorced and has a son.

Someone Turned Cardi B’s Coronavirus Rant Into A Remix Now It’s On The Billboard Charts

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Someone Turned Cardi B’s Coronavirus Rant Into A Remix Now It’s On The Billboard Charts

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Who knew Cardi B’s rants could be music to someone’s ears.

If you haven’t already heard, Cardi B went one very long Instagram rant about the Coronavirus pandemic and its global repercussions. Last Wednesday, the Dominican rapper posted a 46-second video on Instagram airing out her fears and grievances about the disease. Towards the end of the clip Cardi B delivered the lines “Coronavirus! S*** is real! S*** is getting real!”

Now it’s Billboard hit.

Over the weekend, the Brooklyn-based DJ iMarkkeyz chopped up the soundbite and released a track called “Coronavirus.” The bit has Cardi B’s rant on loop as a trap beat plays beneath it. It didn’t take long for “Coronavirus” to take off– the song we mean. The song broke into the pop charts internationally in Bulgaria and Brazil over the weekend and eventually began to climb the ranks of iTunes. By Thursday the song was top 10 in the United States iTunes chart.

You might think the song’s virality is just another schtick but uh uh.

Cardi B and iMarkkeyz have pledged to donate proceeds from streams and downloads to go towards those affected by Coronavirus.

According to Billboard “As preliminary reports indicated, the remixed tune ‘Coronavirus’ sold 3,000 copies in the week ending March 19, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. The sales total prompts a No. 9 debut on Billboard’s Rap Digital Song Sales and a No. 13 start on the R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales charts dated March 28. In addition, ‘Coronavirus’ picked up 626,000 U.S. on-demand streams in the same period”

Check out the new hit below!

J.Lo’s Celebrating Selena Video Is The Heartwarming Content We Need Right Now

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J.Lo’s Celebrating Selena Video Is The Heartwarming Content We Need Right Now

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Selena will always be a legend for Latino music lovers. The Tejano singer gave us English and Spanish songs that continue to rock our worlds. Her music is still played on the radio, in bars, and she always makes it to a few playlists out there. This weekend, people took some time to celebrate the 23rd anniversary of the release of the biopic honoring the singer.

Jennifer Lopez came through on #CelebratingSelena with her own video honoring the singer and her chance to play the role.

We’ve all seen the movie more times than we care to count. It was probably one of the most impactful movies in our younger years. It was so wonderful to see our culture represented through Selena. It was a rare moment of fully authentic representation and it is not something we will ever forget.

J.Lo’s tweet hit Selena fans in the feels as they all took time to remember the late singer.

Selena was grace and class personified. Her ability to jump into the mainstream as a Latin singer shows the kind of power she had in the music industry. She broke down barriers for Latina artists who have come after her to lead successful careers, like J.Lo and Shakira.

Who could forget the iconic bustier scene?

You know you quote “busti-caca” way more than you want to admit to. It might just be the most quotable line in the whole movie. Now that most of us are working from home until further notice, it would be a great time to watch one of the most iconic Latino films of all time.

It is still inspiring people to pay tribute to La Reina.

Even 25 years after her death, people are loving her sound and keeping her memory alive through tribute videos and just listening to her music. Selena truly is someone people will never forget. She was recently inducted into the Houston Rodeo’s Star Trail of Fame and continues to be a major figure in Latino American pop culture.

Don’t worry. You can spend any day celebrating Selena because she is one person who is always worth celebrating.

READ: Selena Is The First Latin Inducted Into Houston Rodeo’s Star Trail Of Fame