The Progressive Underground

The Progressive Underground 75 feat. KIM HILL

On tonight's The Progressive Underground, we interview former Black Eyed Peas vocalist turned solo artist and DJ, KIM HILL along with playing cuts from Paola Jean, Herbie Hancock, Trus' Me, Amp Fiddler, La Veda Davis, Cecilia Stalin, D'Marc Cantu, Kerri Changler, Vanessa Daou, Alfabet, Hocus Pocus, Ron Trent, Anthony Nicholson, Evil Needle, Dolls Combers, Tantra Zawadi, Optik, Nu: Tone, Penthouse Penthouse, Louis Futon, Brad Mehldau and many more!

We play the best in deep house, techno, future soul, nu-jazz, b-sides and rare groove. This is the 4th dimension of sound! Tune into the show at 101.9 FM WDET or online at We go from 8-11 pm EST tonight!


"Don't call it a comeback! I've been here for years," is what LL Cool J told the world in the early 90's. This exclamation seems appropriately fitting for a woman who has been on the scene since 1995. She has shared the stage with a spectrum of artists including the late Biggie Smalls, Outkast, The Black Eyed Peas, The Pharcyde, Cody Chestnutt, Slum Village, Raphael Saadiq, Jody Watley, De La Soul, No Doubt, A Tribe Called Quest and Aaliyah to name a few.

However it was the chance meeting in 1995 at a BMI Showcase with the then unknown group, The Black Eyed Peas that sent Kim on a whirlwind adventure that would ultimately change her career.

They embraced her sound and brought her into the studio with them where she co-wrote several songs on their groundbreaking album, Behind the Front including the hit, "The Way You Make Me Feel."

Kim became known as the Peas stand out vocalist and quickly assimilated into the roots of their progressive family tree, contributing to numerous tracks on both Behind the Front and Bridging the Gap. Hill's writing style and concepts gave birth to songs such as "On My Own", which featured Les Nubians and Mos Def, as well as the irrepressible "Hot."

She soon captured the attention of executives at Interscope Records with whom she was signed to in 1998 off of a five song, four track demo she produced in her apartment. But it was no surprise to Kim when she was dropped by Interscope in 1999 out of fear that her, "music wasn't black enough."

The release from Interscope was a God send and provided the ammunition for Kim's first independent solo release, Surrender to Her Sunflower in 2000. The LA Weekly praised the debut by saying, "Hill's Surrender to Her Sunflower is a testament to her marvelous vocal and song writing talent... the album features the singer's dexterous soprano gliding across a song expanse of laid-back, sensuous soul." The video for "Sunshine" featured appearances from Les Nubians and appeared in regular rotation on MTV Europe and BET which Kim produced and co-directed.

On Hill's second CD masterpiece, Suga Hill, the scribe and soloist was nominated by the LA Weekly for Best Contemporary Blues/R&B Artist in 2001, 2002 & 2003. This ultimately created an illustrious following from LA to London, generating a buzz and reputation as a do it yourself independent machine.

And now she has also added to her stage repertoire with a kick ass DJ set where she spins soulful tunes and sings over backing tracks.





Aurora Northern Quarter
Lone 12" single
Feather Light
Paola Jean Right On Time
Shoulda Known (Ganz Re-mix)
Louis Futon 12" single
Hungry Ghost
Brad Mehldau & Mark Guiliana Mehliana - Taming The Dragon
Tinashe 12" single
The Twilight Clone
Herbie Hancocks Magic Windows
Spared Your Kiss
Katriina 12" single
Can We Pretend
Trus' Me & Amp Fiddler 12" single
The Way
LaVeda Davis 12" single
Morning Mountain feat. Rhian Sheehan 12" single
First True Love Affair
Jimmy Ross First True Love Affair
Blue & Green
Cecilia Stalin Step Like A Giant
What You Sippin' On
Penthouse, Penthouse 12" single
Pieces of You
Nu Tone 12" single
Music, Harmony, Rhythm
Optik 12" single