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Video: I Quit The Black Eyed Peas. Then They Became Famous.

Kim Hill was a rising singer. She met a young rapper named will.i.am. As their group became famous, she had to make a decision about what kind of performer she wanted to be and how she wanted to be perceived as a woman among men.

In the mid-1990s, the singer and songwriter Kim Hill met a young rapper who suggested they start making music. That rapper’s name was will.i.am, and his group was a rising Los Angeles underground hip-hop crew called The Black Eyed Peas.

Hill found herself at a crossroads in 2000 and decided to quit the group and find her own voice, only to look on as The Black Eyed Peas reached global stardom with earworms like “I Gotta Feeling.” Having missed out on what every performer dreams of, does Hill regret her decision?

Running time: 13 minutes

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Produced by The New York Times.

Directed by Ben Proudfoot.

Kim Hill

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