Hard to believe it has been 22 years since we have enjoyed this ground breaking album, which broke down the barriers for many of todays music acts and enabled R&B to crossover into the mainstream!
TLC followed up their hugely successful 1992 debut album ‘Ooooooohhh… on the TLC Tip’ with a more laid back, grown and sexy approach with the help of Jermaine Dupri, Organized Noize, Babyface and Dallas Austin.
In between the recording of the album, Left Eye’s personal life became headline news when her relationship with Atlanta Falcon’s footballer Andre Rison went up in flames, literally!
Lisa accidentally burnt down Andre’s mansion while merely trying to torch a set of tennis shoes in the bathtub after a dispute between the two. She was arrested and sentenced to rehab after the event.
While on the way to the diversion center, Lisa saw a rainbow in the sky. It went on to be the inspiration behind her rap in the record breaking and probably the most important song of the 90s, ‘Waterfalls’!
Despite selling more than 10 million copies in the US alone, becoming the first group to earn a diamond certified album, TLC filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy following the revelation of their not so great contracts with their label and former manager.
Left Eye’s personal affairs clearly boosted interest and sales of the single and album, but the music speaks for itself.
The standard of the songs, top quality production and the unique style and chemistry of T-Boz, Chilli and Left Eye made this timeless album stand the test of time, remaining just as important to the world after 22 years as it was in 1994!
Thank you for being Crazy, Sexy and Cool, TLC!