Interview, Lifestyle, Radio

TLC On Second Diamond Award, Owning Their Masters and Being Sexy On Tour

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TLC and the boys — Nelly and Flo Rida — fresh from their joint performance of hits on Good Morning America, stopped by for a catch up on Sway In The Morning.

The trio of hitmaker’s touch on everything from career longevity, accolades, possible future collaborations and the importance of owning your own masters!

Nelly on Lil Nas X being removed from Billboard Country chart

Nelly: It wasn’t right. Especially when you think about a lot of the genre’s of music that black people have been infiltrated by. We’ve had several artists that have infiltrated hip-hop and R&B. Vanilla Ice had a top rap chart and Eminem has just been killing it, but it happens. I didn’t know we were worried about the color in 2019.

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Inspiration behind Flo Rida making music

Flo Rida: I think just growing up in Miami, where it’s a gumball of different cultures. And at the same time, we had the people who paved the way, like the 2 Live Crew, Trick Daddy and Trina. So, it was just to hear myself on the radio for the first time. It just came with the territory about being passionate. I was somebody who was a big fan of music and lots of different genre’s. Growing up in a household where my sisters sing gospel music, so watching them entertain gave me the passion to work hard.

TLC out in the public

Chilli: We’re very approachable. We don’t walk around with an entourage. We’ve never been that way. Most times when people see us, they’re like ‘do you know who you look like?’, they’re thinking there’s no way you’d be out by yourself.

T-Boz: ‘T-Boz wouldn’t be in Target’. Uhh, yes I would!

Chilli: Yeah, they’ll say stuff like that!

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Diamond-Certified Awards

T-Boz: The diamond award is really special! We’re proud of that one.

Chilli: That’s the most special to us. They’re all amazing. At the end of the day, I don’t think any type of award makes you as an artist. It’s just a blessing to be able to do what we do, have the longevity and the catalog that we all have. Artists pray for stuff like that. When you’re in the studio recording, you don’t know if it will have longevity but time will tell you that.

Sway: What’s the diamond award?

Chilli: It’s for ‘CrazySexyCool’ and we may — we are very close to getting one more for ‘Fanmail’.

T-Boz: But you have to sell 10 million in the States to get one, and not too many people have.

Nelly: Yes you do!

T-Boz: Do you have one too?

Nelly: Gotta know that!

T-Boz: Hello! Let ’em know, Nelly! Do you have one or two?

Nelly: We’re close to two. ‘Nellyville’ is close, but ‘Country Grammar’ is diamond. I got that plaque like two years ago.

T-Boz: But after this tour, we’re gonna get that second one, because those sales go up when you go on tour.

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Thoughts on Taylor Swift not owning her masters

Nelly: It’s hers. It’s your work. It depends on whatever you do. If you’re an athlete and somebody has your shoes, but somebody else has control and the option to sell it.

T-Boz: And you have to ask permission to use your own stuff. We were in that situation with Sony. We re-recorded all of our own music. And we own our version of our masters, and we licence out our version. So, — Sony!

Chilli: And it sounds exactly the same, you can not tell the difference.

T-Boz: So, Taylor, honey, just re-record your stuff and licence out your version. You’ll be good. Because, we make some money off of our publishing now! I own all of my publishing now, I’m so excited this year! You don’t even know!

Re-negotiating after a first deal

T-Boz: That’s what we were in [a production deal]. But, how we got screwed, we didn’t get the chance to re-negotiate the second contract, she kept the same terms.

Sway: From the first contract. And now you’re 20 times more valuable.

T-Boz: And that’s ‘CrazySexyCool’ and that’s our biggest selling album, so you can understand why we were upset and holding people hostage and stuff.

Nelly: And setting houses on fire — naw that wasn’t that!

T-Boz: There you go! Everyone’s not arsonists in the group, you know!

Chilli: That was an accident! He didn’t have any shoes for her, so..

T-Boz: That wasn’t the first fire, this one just ignited!

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Possible TLC, Nelly & Flo Rida collab

Nelly: It’s hard, but we’re definitely talking about it. We’ve talked about it. We’ve got things in motion. But it’s just getting in there — it’s the time.

T-Boz: I know we’ve been on the road doing spot dates for two weeks. And then we have to go right back in rehearsal. It’s hard, because we don’t usually split up rehearsals. So, we’re learning new material, and going back to old and press, it’s a lot.

Chilli: It’s crazy, but I think it’s a not so bad problem to have.

Nelly: Yeah, you could be sitting at home! (laughs)

T-Boz: So true. It’s a good lot. It’s a blessing. I got money in my pocket (laughs). But it’s stressful, though. I’m not gonna lie.

Nelly: A lotta artists at home! They ain’t touring this summer! (laughs)

Tour expectations

Chilli: The one thing I will say is, with all of us together, everybody can come. Mom, dad, grandma, little kids — it’s definitely that tour. We feel very honored for this package to be together. It took forever to get this thing together, but we did it!

Nelly: Good family affair, man, all but about a minute and 30 — when Chilli starts — gotta be an 18 and over for a minute and 23 seconds! I’m just joking! ‘Kids, go with your momma, I’ma watch this!’

T-Boz: It’s uncomfortable, though! Like, we try not to gyrate on “Red Light Special” no more, and the kids be staring — I can’t do it! I stopped gyrating!

Chilli: We do it in a different way!

Sway: What about us though? I can’t come to a TLC concert with no moves and gyration!

T-Boz: I just twirl around in a circle! We still gyrate a little, just not as much. A little gyration ain’t hurt nobody!

Chilli: In taste!

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How the tour came together

Nelly: The girls called and said, ‘yo, we’re going on tour!’ I said ‘oh okay, I’ll be ready’!

T-Boz: We had toured with Nelly together with New Kids On The Block a couple of years ago, and again in Australia. So, we had to find the perfect third person, like, who has a lot of hits, and Flo was perfect! And he said yes, so I was like, ‘awh shoot, it’s happening now!’

Chilli: I called him personally, like, I’m so happy you said yes! I was happy.

Flo Rida: When I heard about it, you didn’t even have to work that hard. When I heard it was ya’ll two, I was like, I’m on.

Current music evolution

Nelly: I understand hip-hop was created by the youth, for the youth. And I understand it has a history, I don’t judge it because I didn’t want to be judged when I first came out. The kids can party to whatever they want. If you don’t like it, there’s another radio station. Some of it I rock with and some of it ain’t for me.

Flo Rida: I appreciate social media, the fact that your everyday Joe can get a chance. I love what’s going on. That’s one less person I have to feed. I can money off this.

T-Boz: I have two statements — I think there is room for everybody, like Nelly says. But, I also think it’s a little different in the aspect that, the originality isn’t the same anymore. A lot of people sound alike. Like, Snoop had his style, and Nelly had his style. Now, everybody sounds the same. Back when we came out, there wasn’t a lot of that. That’s the change I’ve seen, but like he says, there’s room for everybody now.

Chilli: I agree with her 100%, just the originality and the variety is just kinda — not all of it, some people will stand out. But, for the most part, it’s kinda all the same.

Nelly: I blame that on society wanting to make money off of it. Whatever’s winning, is gonna cause a greater demand for it. Now, people have gold singles and I haven’t heard their record on radio!

T-Boz: I’m proud of being a trendsetter though, and you should be, too. I’m proud because of that. I’m never gonna feel bad about that.

Nelly: And that’s why we’re doing a tour, twenty-something years later together!

T-Boz: Hello?! Okay!

Tickets to the TLC, Nelly & Flo Rida tour are on sale right now, head over to LiveNation.com for more details on the hottest show of the summer… a WHOLE LOTTA HITS!

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Appearance, Concert, Interview, Television

TLC Perform Hits Mashup with Nelly & Flo Rida on GMA

TLC said ‘Good Morning America‘ in style, as they gave the morning television show the ultimate dose of girl power, performing a fresh medley of their greatest hits!

T-Boz and Chilli took to the stage and performed a remix of their best-selling hits “No Scrubs” and “Waterfalls“, before their tour partners Nelly and Flo Rida followed shortly to perform a medley of their greatest hits.

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The trio of musicians rejoined the stage together at the end to get “Low” to Flo Rida’s debut hit!

The superstars also took some time out for a Facebook Live interview for GMA in the shows green room.

“We talk about relatable issues that everybody can relate to, no matter what age you are”, T-Boz says about why their legacy stood the test of time.

T-Boz also offers some advice for up and coming musicians in the industry. “Be true to yourself. Respect yourself, and don’t compromise your integrity, morals or character for nothing or nobody”.

“That sounds like life, for me!”, Nelly exclaims. “It works”. Chilli adds, “And that’s a hard thing not to do. Don’t get lost in it”.

Nelly touched on what made him a fan of TLC. “TLC is ground breaking, not just for women, but for music in general. They were one of the first groups to take full control of who they are., and not be afraid to be aggressive and say, ‘no, this is how it’s going to be'”.

Their ‘HitMakers’ tour kicks off across North America this summer on July 23 in Tuscaloosa, AL and concludes on August 31 in Irvine, CA. Tickets are still available at LiveNation.com so don’t miss out, it’s going to be special!

Check out the full GMA performance below!

 

Interview

Hitmakers TLC, Nelly & Flo Rida Reflect On Their Favorite Hits Before Tour

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Hitmakers TLC, Nelly and Flo Rida are ready to hit the stage together this summer with their throwback tracks!

Ahead of their cross-country summer tour, the hit-making artists made some confessions in a PEOPLE exclusive clip of Live Nation’s concert confessions.

“He gave me the inspiration to add some melody to my style,” says Flo Rida, 39, about Nelly’s influence on his own music.

“He has a cute little grilled cheese,” says Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas about the “Ride Wit Me” singer.

In the video, Nelly, 44, gushes about the TLC girls, saying their music was about “being an assertive woman, knowing what you want.”

“I don’t know a guy at that time that wasn’t in love with TLC,” Nelly adds about the group, originally comprised of T-Boz, 49, Chilli, 48, and the late Left Eye. “They were strong, independent and they sounded dope.”

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“They can just take off their shirt and—,” Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins says before imitating a yell. “Everybody goes crazy,” Chilli adds.

“We gotta be up there sweating and dancing across the stage and doing almost the hammer dance, everything,” T-Boz laughs.

“They can just take off their shirt and—,” Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins says before imitating a yell. “Everybody goes crazy,” Chilli adds.

“We gotta be up there sweating and dancing across the stage and doing almost the hammer dance, everything,” T-Boz laughs.

“He took what was going on to a whole other level,” Nelly adds about the “Low” singer.

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Nelly had some of his own confessions to make. Though his journey to fame accelerated after the release of his album Country Grammar, he says he had to beg his label to let the album’s namesake be his first-ever single.

For TLC, the girls hope to leave a lasting legacy — 25 years after they dropped album Crazysexycool.

“I would like for us to be remembered for saving lives or making a difference,” says T-Boz. “Even songs like ‘No Scrubs,’ we bring it across in a way that’s not preachy but you get a deep message through it all.”

Tickets for TLC, Flo Rida and Nelly’s “energetic” summer tour are on sale now. The tour kicks off on July 23.

Concert, Interview, Radio

Chilli Debates Being The ‘Cool’ In CrazySexyCool!

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TLC are the headline act at this year’s Twin Cities Pride on June 22 at Loring Park! To celebrate, the beautiful Chilli took some time out to speak to Alexis & Dawn at myTalk 107.1!

You guys have performed at a lot of Pride celebrations. What can we expect at Twin Cities Pride?

Chilli: Well, it’s always a big party. That’s the best way to describe a TLC performance. It’s very entertaining, super high energy. I still go to the gym — I work out, I’ll say that, in addition to everything else!

You are gonna do the songs we all know and love, right? Because Madonna said she isn’t going to do any of her old songs on her tour!

Chilli: Of course! I wouldn’t advise that, she’s the queen! I don’t know why she said that.

She gets a little crazy sometimes!

Chilli: You said that, not me! (laughs)

You had this tomboy image that I loved. I played with boys growing up, and it allowed me to be myself. Did you have any push back with your image when you first came out?

Chilli: Honestly, we did not, with the label. LA [Reid] understood 100% the type of group that we were — and still are. We like to call ourselves prissy tomboys, because we’re still feminine, but we don’t dress all extra, extra sexy.

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Well, you’re the sexy one, Chilli!

Chilli: I don’t know how I got that title! When I think of ‘CrazySexyCool’, I think I’m more ‘cool’ than ‘sexy’. We argue that point all the time. But we like to think of it like it’s our version of ‘I’m Every Woman’.

Is the TLC Broadway show still in the works?

Chilli: Yes, we are. It’s funny, because I was not supposed to talk about that at the time (back in March). And I didn’t know until after the fact! Oops! Let’s just say, you heard right!

Do you make your own chili?

Chilli: I don’t even know how to make chili! That’s funny, right? And sadly, I can’t eat chili because I have acid reflux, it hurts my tummy. Maybe make me a white bean chili — and no meat!

What TV shows are you watching?

Chilli: I love Nat Geo Wild! I know, I’m boring. But it’s so soothing and relaxing, and I’m getting educated at the same time. I love Lifetime. I always get caught up in that show ‘Married At First Sight’. I would never do anything like that! I can’t believe they do it. It’s crazy. But it’s good.

Did your think you’d still be touring after all these years?

Chilli: I would always hope and pray that we would be the type of group that could. When your first starting out, you have all these hopes and dreams, and that drives you. When you get involved on the business side, it can taint those dreams. But you can’t let that happen. And when you’re in the studio recording, you hope and pray that this song has longevity. Only time will tell, you just never know. We are so blessed to have the catalog that we have and people still want to hear and see us. It’s amazing.

We think you’re the cool one! CrazySexyCool!

Chilli: You know what I mean? When you meet T-Boz, you tell her that! I think T-Boz is the sexy one, but we’re all crazy!

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Tickets to see TLC at Twin Cities Pride still available at TCPride.org