Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip

TLC

Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip

TLC’s 1992 debut opens with an unidentified male grousing that the girl group’s baggy clothes aren’t ladylike. The Atlanta trio retorts with “Hat 2 da Back,” an urban-soul single that positions their style not as a denial of femininity, but an assertion. Such liberation characterizes this groundbreaking album, a new jack swing classic of R&B vocals and breakbeat samples that redefines womanhood with tracks like “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg,” a hip-hop shout-along that advances female sexual agency; “His Story,” a listen-to-the-victim op-ed; and “What About Your Friends,” a formative work of swaying-pop sorority.

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