- Special Features
- Blogs & Columns
- Fun & Games
TLC is a trio female R&B group that has been around since the early '90s. Their musical genres are R&B, hip-hop, jazz, and funk. The ladies blended these musical genres and dominated the music industry. The original members of the group are Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, Rozanda "Chilli" Thomas, and Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes. The group are known for their various hits, their good looks, unique personalities,and being excellent trendsetters. Many believe T-Boz was the (Cool) member, Chilli is the (Sexy), and Left-Eye was the (Crazy) one because of their public personas.
TLC is the second highest selling female group of all time. They sold 55 million records worldwide, ranked number 12 on VH1's, 100 Greatest Women in Music, and they're four-time Grammy award winners. The group's reputation in the industry is "unbreakable" but they faced some woes in their career. The group filed bankruptcy, their loyalty was tested when they pursued other projects, and Left-Eye died in car crash in Honduras. Left-Eye's death put T-Boz and Chilli in in a hard place because they lost their sister. But, they still had to keep pressing on and released their last album, 3D in 2002. 11 years later, TLC is still one of the most successful acts since the 1990s. TLC is getting ready to start a world tour and produce a biopic for their fans.
12. "Girl Talk"
It was the first lead single off the 3D album. T-Boz and Left-Eye wrote the song and it's about women talking about conceited men who think they know it all. Also, in the song, the trio talk about how men brag about their sex drive but their performance is not top notch. However, it was difficult for T-Boz and Chilli because they had to make the album without Left Eye. Left-Eye released her last contribution in music on this album.
11. "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg"
10. "Baby, Baby, Baby,"
9. "What About Your Friends?"
8. "Dear Lie"
The song is from their third album and singer and record producer, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and T-Boz wrote the song. The song is about not accepting failure and feeling defeated in your life.
7. "Diggin' On You"
The single is from their second album and it was released in 1995. It was the group's fourth single from the CrazySexyCool album. It was number five on the Billboard chart. The video to the song was the ladies performing at a live concert. The single was certified Gold in 1995.
6. "Red Light Special"
The single was released in 1994 and it's about catering to their men sexually. Even though the song is a sensual song, the ladies stress the importance of love, relaxation, and the proper movement during consensual relations. The song was number two on the Billboard charts and their fifth top ten single.
This song is from TLC's second album and the first single off the album. The Grammy award winning soft jazz ballad was released on October 31, 1994. It was TLC's fourth top ten single and number one on the Billboard charts for four weeks. The song is about a female being aware of her man's infidelity towards her in their relationship. And her motto is, "Two Can Play that Game," so she cheats on him as well. She cheats on him because she caters attention from her man and he's not giving it to her. The group said, "I creep, yeah, just keep it on the down-low, nobody else is supposed to know."
The single is from TLC's 3D album. T-Boz and Dallas Austin wrote and produced the song. The overall message behind the song is expressing the desire to break away from pain, grief, and strife in your life. But, the question is how do you do that when you've been damaged? Even though you've been hurt and mistreated in your life, you have to pick up the pieces in your life and find meaning in all of your mistakes and downfalls. The group followed this famous saying, "God can turn broken pieces into masterpieces."
The song was released from TLC's third album in 1999. T-Boz wrote the song and producer, Dallas Austin, produced the song. The hit single started off as a poem that T-Boz wrote and Austin convinced T-Boz to release the empowering song. The song addresses the struggle with self-esteem, exceeding society's expectations of beauty, and girls not feeling comfortable in their own skin. It was an important song for females primarily because women have a tendency to pretend to be someone that they're not so they can impress a guy or a group of people. But, it defeats the purpose when you don't love yourself unconditionally. The song was number one on the Billboard charts for three weeks.
2. "No Scrubs"
The song was from their third album, Fanmail in January 1999. They named the album Fanmail because they wanted to give back to their fans for supporting them throughout their highs and lows in their career. Former XSCAPE members, Tameka "Tiny" Cottle-Harris and Kandi Burruss wrote the Grammy award winning song. It was truly the anthem for guys who weren't going anywhere in their lives, can't stand on their own two feet, or trying to be a better companion in their relationship. And, rap group, Sporty Thievez released the male version of the song. The title of their song is "No Pigeons" and the guys dedicated the song to females who are not classy, have no substance, and no sense of character.
This single is the most successful single from the trio. It was a Grammy nominated song in 1995 when they released their second album, CrazySexyCool. "Waterfalls" was their sixth number one single and it was the second biggest single in 1995 according to the Billboard charts. Many fans love the video to this song because the group is standing on the top of an ocean and there's liquid versions of them. The overall message of the song is to prevent yourself from making reckless decisions in your life.
This message was so vital in the song because a young man was in a gang and selling drugs, and a couple diagnosed with AIDS appeared in the video. Also, the group used lakes and rivers as a metaphor to stay focused on the prize. They said, "Don't go chasing waterfalls, please stick to the rivers and lakes that you're used to." And in Left-Eye's rap she said, "Dreams are hopeless aspirations, in hopes of coming true, believe in yourself, the rest is up to me and you."