TLC Army, we start to celebrate sweet life of Lisa Lopes a bit earlier than you might thought! We would like to invite you for 25 days challange of Left Eye! Share this image on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and put every day your “fav…” with us! Join us!!! Start tomorrow!
Another shop made t-shirts with TLC! Primark put a photo from Fanmail era and add quote “I don’t want no scrubs”. Go get them!
Finally we finish another update! We added screen captures from first season of “What Chilli Wants”. Be sure to check out pictures from 8 episodes and be ready for more soon!
Hip Hop Weird made a list of The Best Female Rappers Of All Time… and they put Left Eye as #15, see below:
Claim To Fame: Being TLC’s connection to the streets.
Best Project: CrazySexyCool (1994) (as a member of TLC).
Tionne T-Boz Watkins and Friends will be hosting a special live, acoustic performance at the The GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE on April 19th. Donate $10 and you’ll get access to a live stream of this exclusive show. Pitch in $30 and you’ll receive a T-Boz T-shirt. A $50 spot gets you the T-Boz T-shirt and an autographed photo. And if you’re really feeling generous, $199 will get you in the door for the live show. Only 50 in-person tickets available, so act fast. Waterfalls not included.
T-Boz on Battling a Brain Tumor, Why This Album Will Be TLC’s Last, and Her Love of Empire
Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins has a lot to do. Not only is TLC heading out on tour with New Kids on the Block and Nelly in May, but she’s also in the middle of organizing a concert with charity network Chideo and — despite the fact that it’s already well past what can be considered lunchtime — graciously waiting to dig into a plate of takeout sushi so she can give an interview to this reporter.
In person, T-Boz’s petite stature seems at odds with her outspoken personality and the chart-topping dominance she’s known for. The R&B singer, eyes slightly shrouded behind a pair of purple shades, is taking a pause for our chat in the greenroom at the Grammy Museum in downtown LA, where the fundraising concert will be held. The show will feature acoustic performances by T-Boz and friends, including Raphael Saadiq, and benefit the Sickle Cell Foundation. (She herself suffers from the disease.) Read on for our conversation on why the next TLC album will be its last, how she bounced back from a brain tumor, and why she and Chilli are ready for — and in talks about — a Las Vegas residency. You can also visit T-Boz’s Chideo page for more details on the April 19 concert.
POPSUGAR: In the ’90s, would you have ever imagined going on tour with New Kids on the Block?
T-Boz: Back then, no. I never would have thought. We did a show in Hershey Park a couple of years ago, and we were on the same bill. We were the only chicks. It was Boyz II Men, the Jonas Brothers, New Kids on the Block. And we came out there and smashed it, and so they were like, “They need to come out with us!” I was like, “Heck yeah. We can work together.” Them boys still got fans. Those ladies still go crazy!
PS: Do you have a favorite New Kid?
T: Donnie. Donnie’s the coolest. Even to this day, he’s still got swag.
PS: Fans know you have sickle-cell disease and you also battled a brain tumor a couple of years back. Was there ever a point in time when you thought you might not be able to sing or perform again?
T: Well, when I went through the brain tumor, I lost my speech, sight, hearing, and my balance — that’s everything I do in my job. That’s how I survive. That’s my dream, my living, my passion, my heart. There were no answers. The doctors didn’t have the technology to even tell me if I was going to be OK or if I wasn’t going to be OK. So that’s when the hope, the fight, the prayers, and the faith kicks in. And the drive and the willpower to live and make it. You just want to survive. I have a kid. My first thing was to be here. To make it back, no matter how I came back, to just be able to raise my child. And then there’s the passion for your career. It’s like, OK, God, if you can give me one more thing, can I have all my functions back so I can dance? I’ve got a crooked smile now. We did a song with J. Cole, “Crooked Smile,” that went to No. 1, so it fits now. I have to do MRIs every year, and I lost three percent of my hearing and some eyesight, but I’m still here, and I’m doing everything that I love.
PS: Sickle-cell is a disease that a lot of people don’t understand very well. What’s your experience been like?
T: Honestly, I never used to talk about it. Everybody handles things differently, but I came out talking about it in the industry because people said I had HIV instead of my disease. Instead of trying to help me, they were more interested in gossiping and being nosy. And it’s really sad because it’s a hereditary disease. I was born this way, so I don’t know any different. I sometimes have to work 10 times harder than the average artist just because of my disease that has no cure. My cousin had the same disease. He’s not here and I am. He passed away. So, it’s hard.
PS: You’re currently at work on a new TLC album with Chilli, but you’ve already said this one is going to be your last. Why say that at the outset?
T: Lisa [“Left Eye” Lopes] has been gone, what, almost 14 years? I mean, if something happens, then maybe I’ll change my mind, but right now I have other things I need to do, that I never got to do because of TLC, and I always put my career on the back burner. TLC is forever. That doesn’t mean I’m not going to sing, or if we do a residency . . . it doesn’t mean it’s over. But I have a hell of a catalog — 22 years’ worth. I could sing forever if I wanted to just off of that catalog because they’re timeless hits. That’s a blessing to have a fanbase to grow with you, and then with the movie we have even more generations. We get the grandparents, the mom, her child — it’s like three generations coming to the concert.
PS: Speaking of, you guys did participate with your Lifetime movie and even recorded a song for it. But people have been really critical of how Whitney Houston was portrayed, about how Aaliyah was portrayed. Do you feel like you guys had a chance to tell your story in a way they didn’t?
T: Oh, absolutely. The reason their movies didn’t come across well is because they didn’t have anybody personally involved with the artists. I was there, OK? And it was my story. I was telling it. And if I was deceased, I would want my mother or my brother to tell my story, not some lady just trying to get a check . . . and that would be [Aaliyah producer] Wendy Williams. My point in saying that is, I didn’t appreciate that movie because you didn’t capture the essence of her as an artist. Wendy did that movie and Angela Bassett directed Whitney — I did my research, honey, because I was like, “Who did this?” You cannot take away from our legacy and what we do. It’s like you downplayed who we are and it’s bigger than just a check. This is our life. So as artists, we’re offended. Because if you’re going to tell Whitney’s story, tell her damn story. Don’t start with a Bobby [Brown] story. That’s not her life. No man is [any] woman’s life. What she did in her life was not just Bobby, so I didn’t appreciate that either. I found out more about Aaliyah on behind-the-scenes footage than I did from the movie, and that’s terrible. That broke my heart.
PS: Speaking of Lisa’s memory, I did hear that you guys want to in some way honor her or have her be a part of the new album. Have you decided what that will look like?
T: We’re talking about it. It’s hard, because even on 3D she was on a whole different vibe. It was poetic, some finger-snap stuff. That’s not what TLC is, that was her own individual project. So you can take certain words and try to make it fit, but certain songs might have subject matter, and if she’s not talking about that, you can’t take something that doesn’t match and force it. If it’s forced, it’s not authentic and it doesn’t work. If it works, of course I’m going to incorporate her.
PS: So where are you guys in the stage of putting the album together?
T: I was signed to Sony for TLC: 20 and “Meant to Be” was the added addition to the songs. We kind of fell out over making [fans] buy all the songs again just to get [one new one]. But the fans did and it went to No. 1. I was like, “Oh. OK.” But we fulfilled our commitment and now we’re free. We recorded a gang of songs then, but I want to revamp. So we’re in the midst of talking and getting subject matter, but I have a major tour and I have to produce that and this show, so I have a lot on my plate. I never give release dates, because too many things happen in this industry. What I can say is we’re starting this year. We’re going to have a get-together with writers and producers before we leave [for the tour]. Then they’ll get started while we’re gone.
PS: Are there any collaborations? I heard something about maybe Lady Gaga…
T: I did a song that she wrote, actually, that was TLC-inspired. She did it with [producer] Dallas Austin and I didn’t know she was a big fan. She sang it like me, which was funny. It was really cool. She didn’t end up using it because she didn’t want to offend me, she didn’t know if it was too . . . whatever. So I sang it. When I went to meet her, she was crying. It was really cute. My daughter was looking at me like, “Why is Lady Gaga crying over my mom?” But I don’t know if it’s going to go on the album or not.
PS: You did talk about maybe wanting to do a TLC residency. Has Vegas come calling?
T: Yes. We’re talking to people now.
PS: That would be fantastic.
T: I think so! I think it would be really fun and convenient. Way easier than touring different places. It’s one set location. I need stability! In our world, we have no structure. It would be great to go to one job. I would be so excited, I would be tap-dancing around the world. So, Vegas: keep calling!
PS: Have you been watching Empire?
T: Of course! Every Wednesday.
PS: So many musicians have been on the show. I feel like you guys need to be next.
T: Oh, we can get ghetto and crunk. We can go after it. Cookie’s cousin is in town, hello! Taraji P. Henson is the jam. I’ve always loved her.
Chris Brown & Tya released new album Fan of a Fan: The Album where you can find a song called “Better” which samples TLC’s track, “Take Our Time”. It’s not the first time when Chris Brown uses samples of TLC’s song. It also happened when he released song “Mirage” featuring Nas where they used sounds from “Waterfalls”. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN/DOWNLOAD THE SONG!
— Lil' Kim (@LilKim) January 26, 2015
Long before social media became a required weapon in a pop star’s arsenal, TLC was closer to its audience than most acts — the trio included thousands of fans’ names on a pull-out poster inside of its third album, 1999’s FanMail.
So when TLC turned to Kickstarter to fund its fifth and final album, it was no surprise that the group reached its $150,000 goal in just three days, collecting nearly $235,000 by Jan. 28 (led by a $5,000 contribution from Katy Perry).
But that’s just the beginning of the journey. TLC’s Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, 43, and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, 44, are seeking songwriters and producers, and although few details are set, veteran producer/label executive Ron Fair — most recently Virgin’s chief creative officer — has signed on as executive producer. His track record (Christina Aguilera, the Black Eyed Peas, Mary J. Blige, among many others) suggests high-profile collaborations may be in the cards.
“The return of TLC is surrounded by incredible positivity,” Fair says. “The entire creative community of artists, producers and songwriters is invited to the celebration.” TLC’s Chilli told Billboard that longtime collaborator Dallas Austin (who co-wrote the act’s breakthrough “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg,” as well as later hits “Creep” and “Unpretty”) will be involved, and that Ne-Yo — who penned its 2013 reunion track “Meant to Be” — will work with them if his schedule permits.
One person who may not be featured on the album, however, is Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, who died in a car accident in 2002. “When we did the last album, 3D, we were searching really hard to find [unreleased Left Eye verses] to go with songs we were working on,” says Chilli of the album that she and T-Boz completed after Left Eye’s death. “So probably not [this time], but I’m not going to say ‘no,’ because if something authentic can come together, we’re going to do it.”