If you are a part of the Gen-Y generation and were raised on pop music, particularly girl and boy bands of the 90s, then the words”crazy, sexy, cool” instantly bring to mind the legendary group TLC. No other girl group can touch Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Lisa “Left-Eye” Lopez, and Rozanda “Chili” Thomas when it comes to musicianship, style, and sex appeal. They were the number one selling girl group in the 90s and graced us with sexually charged, upbeat female empowering tunes like “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg,” “What About Your Friends'” ” Creep” and the ever popular female anthem “No Scrubs.”
They truly represented the 90s generation of R&B perfection and successfully carried on the legacy of super groups that preceded them like The Supremes, and Martha Reeves & the Vandellas.
Much like any group or any musician for that matter, TLC faced their fair share of professional and personal tribulations, most significantly the death of Left-Eye Lopez. Lopez was killed in a car accident in Honduras in 2002 and her death rocked the members as well as fans to the core. Lopez was the spontaneous, fresh-flavored member of the group whose kiddy-like voice and hard-core lyrics helped make the group even more successful. Her death marked the end of the group’s reign as a pop powerhouse within music.
But when a group is that good, like the old saying goes, “they may be gone, but are never forgotten.” TLC has remained a significant part of R&B history and have continued to influence girls groups to this day.
T-Boz and Chili are continuing their legacy and representing for their girl Left-Eye by getting back out on the scene and recording as well as touring. They recently performed at the OVO Festival in Canada with Drake and have plans to release a new album next year. Their new single “Meant to Be” is now available and can be heard on their new compilation album TLC 20, which is out now.
Be sure to check out their new biopic Crazy, Sexy, Cool, which will debut on VH1 October 21 at 9PM.
Below is a trailer of the film and one of my all-time favorite songs of theirs.
Welcome back TLC!