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The New York Times meets Kim Hill, the original female vocalist of The Black Eyed Peas. She walked away from the group in the early 2000s. Then, they became a pop phenomenon.

The Black Eyed Peas are a huge group now, but people don’t often talk about their early work. Its a millions miles away from their glossy pop hits like Boom Boom Pow and I Gotta Feeling. They started out as an alternative hip hop that wrote lyrics about peace & love, breakdancing and, most importantly, not “selling out”.

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Kim Hill was a perfect fit for the group. She loved music, didn’t want to compromise her art and was fiercely feminist. But once the group gained traction, record labels swooped in and immediately wanted to change Kim into a sexy lead girl who wore skimpy outfits in their music videos. Kim hated the direction the group was being taken in so quit the band. Just a few months later, the group shot into superstardom and became a pop mainstay. Find out Kim’s story in the video, Almost Famous.

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