Former Black Eyed Peas member Kim Hill has responded to frontman will.i.am‘s recent comments about the group’s lack of acceptance.
During a recent appearance on Wyclef Jean’s Run That Back podcast, Will said he was hurt that Black Eyed Peas aren’t “considered a Black group”.“In 2004, Black Eyed Peas we — we were just trying to get on,” he 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.”
Now, Hill, who was replaced with Fergie after the group’s second album, 2000’s ‘Bridging The Gap’, has responded to Will.
“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,” Hill said in an Instagram video.
Hill’s 10-year-old son, Cassius, added: “You’re not in those Black roots anymore. So, I don’t understand how you’re not even going to talk about the Black girl that you had in your group and you’re going to skip to 2004 and you say, ‘I don’t understand how the Black community isn’t embracing us.”