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Chilli: “We Still Have That Fire In Us To Perform, That Light Hasn’t Dimmed Even a Little Bit”

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Chilli spoke with VIBE magazine this week to promote the upcoming TLC summer with Nelly, and to support Live Nation’s National Concert Week.

“Good lyrical content’s been missing for a little while now. I feel that’s why so many people  this younger generation– are gravitating to older music,” she tells VIBE about the general heavy obsession with the 90s and music from the early aughts.

“I just feel that people, you just gotta get back in the lab. I don’t even think you have to get so creative, just get back in tune with your feelings. When it comes to expressing yourself, it’s nothing wrong with having a song that shows vulnerability. People relate to that. That’s naturally how we are anyway.”

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Some of the folks who exude this to the entertainer include Bruno Mars and Cardi B. When it comes to the “I Like It” rapper, Chilli says Cardi’s bright and colorful manner makes her an ideal collaborator.

“I don’t like working with people just because they’re hot and you like them. It needs to make sense, the collaboration. But I definitely the right collab would make sense with Cardi B,” she expresses. “Because she’s really bright and colorful like we are. So that would make sense to me.”

VIBE: How does it feel to be a part of an initiative like National Concert Week, that gives your fans a good deal to see legends like yourself?

Chilli: It’s always an honor to be a part of a tour where our fans can come and see us. People are on budgets, you know what I mean and the fact that something like this exists for them to be able to afford to get a ticket to come and see their favorite band and hopefully they come to see TLC, it’s awesome. I think it’s amazing and I’m very happy to be a part of that.

What can we expect from your tour with Nelly and Flo Rida?

Definitely high energy entertainment. Definitely going in the lab. We take being on the road very seriously. We love touring, that’s the best part of what we do period, is going on tour. We always like to think outside of the box, come up with crazy routines, all kinds of stuff because people look to us for that.

We’re not just a group that stands and sings, we’re there singing, dancing, we’re all over the stage. It’s going to be a lot of high energy. How can I say it without giving anything away? I’ll just say it’s going to be very exciting, I think we’re going to get some ooh’s and aahs.

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Do you have a favorite song you like to perform?

You know what, sometimes it just depends for me. I just like performing all of the up-tempo because I love dancing. I can’t really pick out one song in particular because the routines are amazing for everything. That gets me hyped up.

You guys have been in the game since the ’90s. What inspires you to perform without getting bored of routines? 

Yeah, sometimes you can get tired. Some artists are like “Ok, I fought a good fight, I’m ready to just chill and relax or whatever.”Most people get there but we’re not there yet. You don’t have to be in the business for many years. I mean, some people are done after a first album. We just really have that love and that fire is still in us to perform, that light hasn’t dimmed even a little bit.

Especially the fact that we’ve been through so much through the years and you know everybody has been able to witness that and our fans have stuck with us along the way. We love it and we’re just still at it.

Do you feel like being in the game for as long as you’ve been, you feel like you can still learn from it?

Absolutely. I think that as long as you are alive, you are still learning something. No one knows everything. The way that the business has evolved and will continue to evolve… I mean it’s very different from when I was a kid, and it changed by the time we came out. You keep growing so it’s like “Ok, you evolve with evolution.”

I think that’s kind of the key right there. Of being able to stay in such an ever-changing business and it’s very fickle. It’s so many things that can make you say I’m good. We just don’t feel like that.

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What are a few lessons that you’ve learned from being in the industry? Or advice you would give to anyone entering the industry now?

It’s pretty consistent with me. You can’t take anything personally. In this business, everything is business. Everything. You just can’t go in thinking that people are truly your great friend. I think you can make some friends along the way if you’re lucky, I guess. I don’t think people should come into the business for that.

You come into the business. It’s a job. And yes you love this, I think that if you keep that mindset then you will be able to handle when everybody’s not loving you so much.  You may put a song out that everybody was like “Oh my goodness, you’re the greatest of all time.”

You can’t get caught up in that. You can appreciate people liking what you’re doing, whatever that song is it speaks to them in a certain way but your next song might not. Or everyone may not resonate with your next album but it doesn’t mean that you’re a failure, they just didn’t like the work, so go back in the lab.

You can’t take it personal because that there will destroy you, it’s too many people that will have something to say and you have to remember this is what you signed up for. You gotta project your feelings and like they say don’t get so caught up in your feelings.

So basically you have to have thick skin for this industry?

Yeah, you do. You have to have very thick skin. You can’t get caught up in what people think and how they feel.

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Could you say that TLC is still inspired by other artists today?

Yeah, that’s why I think I love Bruno Mars so much because I think what he has done is just so brilliant. He took 80’s and made it fresh. It made you feel like, you know, wait a minute this is familiar, but this is new. Not like “Oh he’s just doing 80s music.” You know with the live instruments and all that kinds of stuff. To me, he’s a breath of fresh air. I love him lyrically what he says, I mean I am a fan and he knows it too because we were rehearsing at the same spot, I think maybe a year ago.

We saw each other and we were like “Hey,” he’s like “Hey! Did you see my t-shirt? Did you say it in the video I had a TLC t-shirt.” and we’re like “Uh, yeah!” It was like a little in love moment, it was awesome.

Fans celebrate Left Eye frequently on social media. What is the biggest lesson that you learned from Left Eye as a friend and member of TLC?

We learn a lot from each other. I’ll just put it that way because I can’t say one thing in particular. Our relationship with her is very broad. She wasn’t just a band member, she was our sister. The three of us, you know the relationship is really truly is one for the books and now it’s just Tionne and I so I don’t know. It’s a really special type of relationship and friendship and sistership that we started out with and that Tionne and I still have to this day. We just learned a lot from each other.

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Concert, Interview

Chilli: “I Would Love TLC & Spice Girls To Tour Together!”

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Chilli is up for reigniting some 90’s girl power with another top girl group from their era – the Spice Girls!

Speaking with Billboard to celebrate Live Nation’s National Concert Week, the ‘C’ of TLC reveals that she would love for her group to tour with the British girl band one day.

“I really would love to go on tour with The Spice Girls. I think TLC and the Spice Girls would be super epic,” Chilli says. “We’ve spoken to a couple of the girls but hopefully in the future that tour can happen.”

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Melanie C with TLC in 2018

The ladies of TLC met up with Spice Girl Melanie C in 2018, when they both performed exclusively at the Mighty Hoopla festival in London.

Melanie C has previously worked with a TLC member in the past. She hired the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes to join her on the #1 smash, “Never Be The Same Again“, in 2000.

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Both girl groups are busy on separate tours this year. While the Spice Girls have reunited for a UK tour with support act Jess Glynne, TLC have teamed up with Nelly & Flo Rida for a US summer tour.

The North American amphitheater tour is included in the more than 2,800 Live Nation shows being offered for $20 during the promoter’s National Concert Week.

TLC has been touring on and off since their first major trek, the FanMail tour in 1999.

“When we had our Fanmail tour we had Christina Aguilera and Destiny’s Child. It is all about the packages in my opinion,” says Chilli. “It makes it more of a fun time for the fans because they love many artists. If you have the right group together, it makes it super exciting.”

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For tickets to TLC’s latest trek and other participating shows for Live Nation’s National Concert Week, head here.
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#AskTLC: Exclusive TLC Q&A With Fans For National Concert Week

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As part of National Concert Week, TLC took part in an exclusive Q&A Live session on Twitter for Live Nation, answering a ton of questions asked by their fans!

The girls are an open book and talked about everything from meeting Madonna and Michael Jackson to working on new music, touring Europe, career goals outside of music and more!

Do you guys miss the days of oooohhh on the tlc tip, crazy sexy cool, Fanmail, and 3D?

CSC yes

What song did you wish was released as a single, but wasn’t?

Case Of The Fake People … oh how I love that song

Do you ever get tired of performing certain songs?

I never get tired of any of the hits they hv their own special meaning! I just don’t like performing my non favorite songs lol 👀

y’all said you would never replace Left Eye…. so hows this tour gonna work?

Lol where have you been we’ve been doing shows all this time selling out shows etc/headlining too so it’s been working so why don’t you come and see how we’re doing it AGAIN this summer 😌 she always incorporated on our shows

Will you come to Ireland as I would love to see you in concert.

Yup yup sooner than I think if it works out

What do you think of Eastwood claiming writing credit on Girl Talk?

Who and say what now? Who’s that and how when Kandi and I wrote it 🤔

What advice can you give me as an upcoming R&B artist like myself in today’s music industry?

Congrats thank u and stay true to yourself don’t sell out for nothing or compromise who u are

What was the hardest TLC song to ever record?

Lol any song I have to be sexy on 👀

Is there a chance you beautiful ladies are gonna make new music?

I’m sure we will for something just not a whole album 💪🏾

Would you guys ever consider being featured in another rap song like you did with Crooked Smile?

Absolutely

I want to know is der any more talents that DEM TLC GULS have

Awe your sweet! Thank u I wrote movie scripts! I taught myself how to when I was recovering from the brain tumor surgery I had 3-4yrs of time in my hands so why not inquire a skill

Can y’all do the Too Much Booty In Ya Pants dance this tour?

Lol I doubt it honestly it’ll be new routines though

What are some of your favorite things to do besides performing?

I love love love movies anyone who knows me knows I travel with my iPad like it’s my left boobiecaje 😂😂😂😂

Are you gonna reschedule the UK tour that got cancelled, would love to see you guys x

Once they can work it out yes of course the political part isn’t on us there’s a lot moving parts to put it back together but they are going to 💋

What is your biggest unfilled wish for TLC?

Going on the THIS IS IT TOUR with #MJ we were negotiating it when he passed

What’s y’all’s favorite Michael Jackson song? Enquiring minds would love to know.

BILLIEJEAN 😍😍😍😍😍😍

would u ever consider going back to the more old school vibe when it comes to music? i know u kind of did with way back, but like a whole album?

I do music honestly according to where my heart is at the time so it depends

what are your plans for the future? goals etc? any dreams you have yet to fulfill?

Yes I want 2 be behind the scenes producing the scripts I wrote! And list of other things there’s not enough time in the day to tell ya lol 😂

why do you think so many young performers lack stage presence today?

Artist development isn’t instilled in artists any longer

Hi, T-Boz and Chilli! I want to know if you girls ever met Madonna and if you did, do you remember the moment? 🤗

Yes she wanted to hang but we went to a diff party but it was an award show! Love her

Will there be new songs with verses from Left Eye?

Her family has them and I’ll just leave it at that so I doubt it

What you miss the most about your career in the 90’s?

The 90’s were just awesome PERIOD! Before social media when people were more respectful & carefree and didn’t care about what others thought so much & were true to themselves instead of selling out to fit in

Have you guys ever thought of a competition songwriting show or something of that nature.

Yes my brother and I had one but I ended up going on tour instead 🤷🏾‍♂️ those schedule conflicts are no joke

When people say you’ve change their lives how does that effect you?!

Thank you and I’m honored to know we’ve/I’ve made a difference it helps me to know all my hardships aren’t in vain

Headlining tours

Lol awe we have been …. mostly for the last 2-3 years the only tour we didn’t headline was NKOTB and I was ok with that!

For a limited time between May 1 – May 7, Live Nation are offering $20 all-in tickets to a select number of their biggest shows, including the upcoming TLC tour with Nelly & Flo Rida!

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T-Mobile will offer a presale on April 30 followed by a public release of the rest of 2 million tickets on May 1st. The $20 ticket price includes all taxes and fees.

At an affordable price, the tickets give fans accessibility and access to many shows at a low cost. Even with the tickets not always getting front row or lower level access, they’re worth buying with the large assortment of artist performing at different shows all summer long.

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Starting on May 1st at 9am, tickets will be available for sale up until May 7th at 11:59pm. Tickets can be purchased at NCW.LiveNation.com.

#NationalConcertWeek

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TLC’s Chilli and Weezer Don’t Want No Scrubs: Live at Coachella 2019

The wishes of the C of TLC have finally come true, in the form of a live collaboration!

Back in January, rock band Weezer dropped a teaser from their latest album of covers, ‘The Teal Album‘. On the project they decided to cover the TLC classic ‘No Scrubs‘ — and Chilli approved!

So much so, the gorgeous TLC member let it be known that she would like to perform the song with them one day!

Fast forward to April 13th and her hopes have now come to fruition. Weezer invited Chilli to join them live on stage during their set at the Coachella festival in Indio, California!

Chilli surprised fans when she performed the iconic ‘Fanmail‘ lead single effortlessly along with Weezer front man Rivers Cuomo, giving the song a new lease of life to an alternative audience.

Much like the famous introductions Chilli gives to the audience at TLC shows, educating young girls to avoid those scrubs when they start to drive, Rivers replicates the same sentiments during his anti-scrub speech. Our girls have taught him well.

Keeping in with the humor, he starts the song solo, acting surprised to hear a familiar female voice interject his vocals, whilst maintaining the suspense of Chilli’s guest feature.

The performance was a hit with the crowd, and Chilli later took to social media to thank the guys and hinted that they may be in attendance on the upcoming TLC summer tour!

In addition to ‘Scrubs’, Weezer also performed a barbershop quartet version of their own song, “Beverly Hills”, as well as fan favorites “Buddy Holly”, “Hash Pipe”, “El Scorcho”, and “Island in the Sun”.

Most diehard TLC fans will recall Weezer being one of TLC’s biggest competitions at the 1995 MTV Video Music Awards, where both groups were nominated for countless awards.

It’s a pleasure to see them working together. Let’s hope more connections and collabs will be formed with more of their peers from the 90’s and today!

Check out their epic performance below and let us know your thoughts!