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About TLC

Back in the early ‘90s, TLC were at the forefront of a revolution, carving out a previously undefined space that landed somewhere between rap and neo-R&B. Before they paved a lane for a new generation of stars that included Destiny's Child and Ashanti, the Atlanta-bred trio of Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas nabbed a spot on L.A. Reid’s LaFace Records. Their sound on early hits like “What About Your Friends” updated new jack swing for the ‘90s rap generation, and their choreographed dance moves were bested only by their colorful matching outfits. TLC’s colossally replayable hits, like “Creep,” “Waterfalls,” and “No Scrubs,” continue to crop up in movies and on the radio, while the 1994 LP that delivered the first two of those, CrazySexyCool, has been certified 12-times platinum. That album featured production from Sean “Puffy” Combs and Jermaine Dupri, giving the group head-nodding beats over which they could move from rapping to singing with ease. Although the band’s last release as a trio came in 2002, the year Lopes was tragically killed in a car crash, TLC remained one of the best-selling female-led groups through the 2010s. Ultimately, it would be another 15 years before T-Boz and Chilli released new music, with 2017's self-titled return, a nostalgic, rose-tinted audit of the styles that made them so successful the first time around. Live performances found the duo performing their parts accompanied by a recording of Left Eye’s voice, a way to give their fans just a little more TLC.

Atlanta, GA, United States
April 1991
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