Movies, Music

Classic TLC Hit Features on Captain Marvel Soundtrack

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One of the best achievements of Marvel’s ’90s-set Captain Marvel is the film’s ability to tap into that zeitgeist of the the decade without making it feel like frivolous nostalgia.

The first title film for a female superhero in the MCU succeeds in capturing an era when acts like Garbage and TLC and No Doubt were challenging the testosterone-heavy dominant sound of the early decade.

Captain Marvel makes use of one of TLC’s biggest hits, “Waterfalls.” This 1995 single was a perfect storm of radio-friendly grooves under poetic and timely lyrics highlighting the AIDS crisis, gang violence, and drug addiction.

It was particularly bolstered by its million-dollar music video directed by filmmaker F. Gary Gray, which visualized the song’s dramatic themes and had the group transform into literal waterfalls via some then-cutting-edge Terminator 2-style CGI.

Captain Marvel features far more advanced visual effects and less real-world drama, but its use of the song as Carol Danvers and Nick Fury drive into the desert toward danger feels nonetheless appropriate.

Captain Marvel is the first Marvel film in which the soundtrack serves more of a thematic purpose. It’s also worth telling that this was the first Marvel movie to be scored by a female composer.

These are the songs featured in Captain Marvel:

“Crazy on You” – Heart

“Kiss Me Deadly” – Lita Ford

“Whatta Man” – Salt-N-Pepa featuring En Vogue

“Connection” – Elastica

“Only Happy When It Rains” – Garbage

“Crush With Eyeliner” – REM

“Waterfalls” – TLC

“You Gotta Be” – Des’ree

“Come As You Are” – Nirvana

“Just A Girl” – No Doubt

“Man on the Moon” – REM

“Celebrity Skin” – Hole

Captain Marvel is out now!
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Announcement, Interview, Music, Musical

Chilli Hints At New TLC Music For Broadway Musical

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TLC: The Musical could very soon become a reality in the near future.

Following the release of their final, self-titled album in the summer of 2017, fans were left wondering if TLC would ever release any new music again!

Well, fear not — there will be new music in the works, to be used in the TLC musical, according to Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas!

Speaking at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas on a promotional campaign for the upcoming TLC summer tour with Nelly, Chilli touched on what TLC have in store besides the tour.

“I’m personally working on some TV stuff [‘Girls Crew‘, ‘Fix My Plate‘], and us, TLC, collectively we are”, Chilli says, “and, we are working on the TLC musical and TLC on Broadway. So, we’re going to create new music for those projects as well.”

Chilli also clarifies that the musical will touch on some of the many untold stories that weren’t covered in the VH1 biopic, ‘CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story‘ in 2013.

“We didn’t tell everything. I mean, we have so many stories to tell that we didn’t tell in our biopic on VH1. But it’s a lot of stuff, a lot of good stuff”, Chilli says.

“It’s going to be very emotional, but like a good ride. I’m very excited about it. I almost can’t believe it!”

Are you excited for the TLC musical and new music?
Music, Review, Tribute

Left Eye Shout Out on Mariah Carey’s ‘A No No’ Remix with Stefflon Don

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Mariah Carey recently dropped the glossy music video to her latest single “A No No“, lifted from her latest album, the critically acclaimed ‘Caution‘, and followed up the release with a brand new remix!

After months of a rumoured remix with hip-hop rappers Cardi B & Lil’ Kim (whose 1996 hit “Crush On You” is heavily sampled on the single), Mariah decided to roll with the super talented British rapper Stefflon Don!

Stefflon Don rhymes effortlessly over the classic beat in her British-Jamaican accent, even dropping a shout out to the legendary Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes!

“I ain’t with the “he say, she say” / get the strap out / Bloodclart dem a try / Burn down your house like Lisa “Left Eye” / Ain’t no nigga left, aye / It’s plain and simple, they addicted to me”, Stefflon Don raps on the track.

Producer Jermaine Dupri claims he sent Lil’ Kim the track after she reached out to him to be included on the remix. However, the final decision lay in the hands of Epic Records.

Let us know what you think of this Stefflon Don-laced version of this Mariah hit!

Music, Review, Tribute

Kehlani Serves TLC Vibes on Mixtape & Receives Praise From Left Eye’s Sister

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Oakland’s finest singer-songwriter Kehlani decided to break her musical silence last week, Feb 22, dropping her mixtape, ‘While We Wait‘, to tide us over whilst she puts the finishing touches to her second LP!

One of the stand-out cuts on the project is the 90’s-styled ‘Morning Glory‘, which wouldn’t sound out of place on a TLC album. In fact, Kehlani even included a rap and sounds very similar to an early Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes!

Out reviewed the track as “Kehlani’s most relatable song to date, about a man needing to be prepared to see his woman stripped bare at bedtime if he wants to see her looking all fresh in the morning.”

“I wanna take my wig off / I wanna lay it on the nightstand / I wanna take my makeup off / I wanna rip these nails off my hands.” Ladies, who among us cannot say the same? “Don’t need acrylics on the clock to hit the nail on the head / Don’t need my inches down my back to throw it back in the bed.”

Fans were quick to point out the Left Eye similarities on social media:

However, Kehlani received the biggest compliment from Left Eye’s very own sister, Reigndrop Lopes!

“Left Eye’s sister just told me “Lisa would’ve loved you as an artist”, she tweeted to her 865k followers on Twitter. “yeah i’m finna go cry to Morning Glory, toodles”.

If ‘While We Wait’ truly acts as a teaser of what to expect on her second full studio album, due for release later this year, we cannot wait to hear it!

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Head over to Kehlani’s official site WhileWeWait.com for more info on the project.