Announcement, Interview, Music, Review

JPEGMAFIA Covers A TLC Classic On His Latest Album

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The whole world loves a little bit of TLC, so it’s no surprise at all that their influence is present in so many of today’s music artists. One of the recent nods to the trio was their hit “Waterfalls” being covered by the coaches on ‘The Voice‘.

The love continues in many forms of covers and samples well into 2019. Last week, DJ Lauren Lane released her exclusive remix for “Creep“. EQT/Universal Music recording artist JPEGMAFIA dropped his third album, ‘All My Heroes Are Cornballs‘ on September 13.

BasicBitchTearGas” happens to be a cover of a TLC classic, “No Scrubs.”

The one-minute track, which could easily beat the Lil Nas X record of being the shortest recorded track ever, cuts out a sizeable chunk of the original, while heavily filtered growls populate the new arrangement of his new form of glitch-hop.

The Baltimore rapper elaborated on his choice to cover TLC on Apple Music: “I always told myself that one day I’d do a cover of ‘No Scrubs’ and I just wanted to make that a reality. Bucket list-type shit. I love this song, man. It’s one of the best songs ever written.”

“And I really like re-contextualizing songs that mean a lot to people, like pop music, because it exposes the reality of these songs. That these songs are EXCELLENT — regardless of how popular they are and regardless of the narrative that’s been built around some of these songs, these are excellently-written, beautiful songs, and I wanna take time to appreciate them.”

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Earlier this year, Weezer covered “No Scrubs” and performed it at Coachella with Chilli. “I just thought it’s one of those songs that’s freakishly popular,” frontman Rivers Cuomo said. “I was trying to decide which gender perspective to sing it from then I saw this tweet that said, ‘If you’re a guy covering a song by a girl, you gotta keep the pronouns. For those three minutes you’re gay.‘ So I was like, ‘Cool, let’s try this.’”

Chilli previously talked about the universality of “No Scrubs” in an interview with Billboard. “‘No Scrubs’ is an empowerment anthem,” she said. “The reason I knew [the song] was going to be big because what it’s talking about is so relatable to every woman in America. It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, scrubs come in all shapes, sizes and colors. So it was just a universal song that every woman can high-five each other with.”

What do you think of JPEGMAFIA’s take on “No Scrubs”?

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Announcement, Music, News, Review

TLC Co-Sign 2019 Dance Remix of “Creep” By DJ Lauren Lane

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International DJ Lauren Lane may have dropped techy beats on stages from Coachella to Ibiza, but deep down, she’s just a TLC-lovin’ ’90s kid like a lot of us.

That’s why she’s snagging some of the girl group’s CrazySexyCool energy and launching her label, Recreation, with a bumpin’ club remix of the 1994 hit “Creep.”

T-Boz‘s familiar infidelity bounces with new verve over a steady tech-house beat. It’s less slinky than the original with a lot more late-night rave mischief.

The remix has been officially sanctioned by TLC’s surviving members, and Lane called the co-sign nothing short of “an honor.”

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Lane’s take on “Creep” is out Friday, Sept. 13, on Recreation, but the DJ and producer put together a hypnotizing visualizer exclusively for Billboard Dance that you can check out below.

What do you think of this updated 2019 club remix of TLC classic?

Announcement, Music, Review

Drake Releases TLC Cover On Latest Project ‘Care Package’

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“Said I got an email today, kinda thought that you forgot about me”. Emotionally charged lines from TLC‘s classic track “FanMail“. We definitely haven’t forgotten about one of the greatest highlights on their 1999 comeback album of the same name.

Nor have we forgotten that the futuristic, anthemic track was covered by the then up-and-coming Toronto singer/rapper Drake in 2010, in the form of “I Get Lonely“, for his mixtape, ‘It’s Never Enough’. Back then it was strictly only available on Soundcloud and various uploads on YouTube — until now.

Drake has decided to release a 17-song compilation of his previously unofficially released classics, titled ‘Care Package‘, giving an official platform for the songs to be purchased and streamed commercially. “Some of our most important moments together available in one place,” he stated in an Instagram post.

“I’m envious of friends of mine that have great committed relationships,” Drizzy told MTV in 2010, regarding his feelings towards the subject of feeling lonely. “When people call home to check on their girl or they say, ‘I’m not going to go out tonight. I’m just going to spend the night with my girl.’ That hits me, man. I just don’t have that. You could be lonely with a bunch of people around you.”

With everybody releasing ‘unreleased’ tracks on new projects from Drake to Nas (‘The Lost Tapes 2‘), let’s hope TLC can follow suit and drop an album of their greatest unreleased tracks, something fans are craving for, worldwide.

Check out Drake’s ‘Care Package’ below:

Announcement, Television

VH1’s ‘Girls Cruise’ Premiere Draws In 1.2m Viewers

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Sisters are doing it for themselves, and in style! VH1’s latest television show ‘Girls Cruise‘ starring music royalty Lil’ Kim, Mya and Chilli of TLC, has proven to be a ratings success!

The show premiered on the network on Monday July 15, 2019 at 9/8c, and managed to draw in 1.2 million viewers, and ranked as the 7th most watched programme on cable television that night, according to The Nielsen Company.

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Reviews have mostly been in favor of the new show, too. Many fans are feeling the new, positive approach to reality television, which doesn’t focus on women fighting, but uniting and cherishing their friendship with each other.

“Omg a positive reality show . I thought I would never see the day”, one user tweeted. Another replied, “I just noticed that… I mean a total different focus of unity and not drama”.

“The first reality show where I didn’t see women fighting, pulling hair or gossiping.. just having fun & enjoying themselves.. Okay ima keep watching..”, another fan tweeted.

Girls Cruise airs every Monday on VH1 at 9/8c.

Catch up on the first episode HERE