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Original Black Eyed Peas singer responds to will.i.am’s claims the group ‘aren’t considered Black’


will.i.am says it’s ‘hurtful’ that Black Eyed Peas ‘aren’t considered a Black group’ (Picture: Getty)

Original Black Eyed Peas singer Kim Hill has responded to will.i.am’s recent comments about the group not being ‘considered Black’ in light of their worldwide success.

Soul singer Kim joined Black Eyed Peas in 1995 and performed as their frontwoman featuring on their first two albums, Behind The Front and Bridging The Gap. 

However, the musician quit the group in 2000 and her spot was later replaced by Fergie, who went on to enjoy global success with will.i.am, Taboo and apl.de.ap. 

In a recent interview with Wyclef Jean, will.i.am opened up on Black Eyed Peas’ position within the Black community and said: ‘When you think of — like, I’m a Black dude, but when you think of Black Eyed Peas, we got so big that… and it hurts, it still hurts a little bit that we’re not considered a Black group because we got that big. 

‘And when you think of Black Eyed Peas, you don’t think of — it’s no longer urban or Black culture, which is…it’s not good for the Black community that Black Eyed Peas is not looked at as a Black group because we’ve had international success.’ 

The Where Is The Love hitmaker added: ‘That should be credited to the Black community more so than letting it be adopted.’ 

Kim addressed will’s comments in an Instagram video on Friday, starting off by sending love to the singer and explaining how she has supported the group since her departure. 

However she added: ‘Why I’m coming on camera and addressing you is because for you to make that statement as if the onus is on the Black community to celebrate you and the band when you didn’t celebrate us. 

‘It’s almost like there’s this cultural smudging. And for the record, when my doc got on YouTube — and it’s at, I don’t know, like 5.4 million views with… almost 19,000 comments— the majority of those comments that come from Black women clearly say it feels like cultural smudging.’ 

Kim was replaced by Fergie two years after she left the group (Picture: Rex)

Fergie, who is no longer performing with Black Eyed Peas, became a trending topic on social media over the weekend with fans not realising that there was another original member of the group before her. 

In his interview with Wyclef, will continued to explain: ‘That’s just a thing that we suffer from all the time. When you think of Jazz, you no longer think of Black anymore. 

‘When you think of Rock n’ Roll, you don’t think of Black anymore. All that, I don’t know why we have that. When you think of even country, you don’t think of Black.

‘A lot of the things that we create and we invent, we dispose of or it gets stolen from us to the point where it’s no association to its origins.’ 

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