You may remember Keri Hilson from her 2009 anthem "Knock You Down" with Kanye West, her 2010 jam "Pretty Girl Rock," or her T.I. collab "Got Your Back." Yeah, she had a real good thing going for a minute there. Seven years later, in the beginning of 2018, Keri decided it was time for a comeback. But why did she go MIA in the first place? Many fans credit the BeyHive for destroying her budding career, and if you're wondering what she said about Beyoncé (and Ciara!) to make that happen, we've got answers.
2009 — The shade begins with a song
Fans first thought that Keri had a problem with Beyoncé when she did a remix to her single "Turnin' Me On" in which she says "Your vision cloudy if you think that you da best, You can dance, she can sing, but need to move it to the left… She need to go have some babies, she need to sit down, she fake, them other chicks ain’t even worth talkin’ bout." To direct the shade to Ciara, who Keri wrote several songs for, she sang "Go head tell these folks how long I been writing your songs, I been putting you on. Check the credits hoe!"
2011 — Keri moves the feud to the red carpet
On the red carpet of the Soul Train Awards in 2011, Juicy Magazine asked Keri to hold the latest issue and give them a shout out. She seemed down for it, but then took a glance at the cover and said: "who's that?" The cover was of Beyoncé and JAY-Z. Keri then goes "No, I’m sorry, I can’t do that," and dismisses the reporter. What the heck?!
2013 — Keri begs for the BeyHive to leave her alone
"It’s TOO much!! Please! Is everything I tweet gonna be 'intentionally misinterpreted' as a statement about someone/drama I know nothing about?" she pleaded on Twitter in 2013. "You have no idea what your hateful words could do to someone’s spirit. Years of verbal abuse from strangers all day long. Enough is enough! I’m here for MY FANS! I’m stronger than you imagine, but waking up/going to bed to your ugliness is just TOO MUCH, kids. I get it, OK? You can stop now. As far as WHATEVER your really mad about, I had my reasons. It’s been years! Just chalk it up to your ignorance of my reality and LET…IT…GO. As for my mistakes, God has dealt with me." Fans took this as Keri admitting her Beyon-shade ruined her career.
To try to end the feud and put her back in the good graces of the public, she did an interview with HipHollywood, saying, "No, I don’t have a beef with any female artist. I think it’s just interesting that we live in such a gullible world. Anything that’s written, anything that is posted, and a picture that is interpreted one way, is truth. It’s like bible now. You can Photoshop something, put it out and everyone believes it."
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2018 —Keri says she's ready for her comeback… for real this time
Keri has been teasing a new album for over two years now, which is called L.I.A.R. or Love Is A Religion. In January 2018, she said, "I think I had to give up music for a while. I stepped away. I thought it would just be a year. It’s been six, maybe. I realize now that I’m grateful for all of those years. I have built myself back up. It is sort of a comeback, because I’ve hit rock bottom a few times and I’m crawling back to walking in my purpose." Considering the fact that Keri was crying, it seems like she might have grown and become more humble. Only time will tell if they BeyHive will finally let her return to the spotlight!