Interview, Relationships

Dallas Austin: 2Pac Tells Left Eye ‘Controversy Sells’, Channeling Chilli Break-Up Through Pink Album, Death Row and TLC’s Deal with Pebbles

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TLC‘s long-term producer Dallas Austin sat down for an exclusive chat with hip-hop journalist DJ Vlad to talk everything in his eventful career, from creating some of his biggest records with TLC and Monica, to turning down opportunities to work with Boyz II Men again because they got too big for their boots!

During his in-depth interview, Dallas opens up about his past struggles growing up, before moving to Atlanta and getting his big break at 16 years old, producing a #2 hit for Doug E. Fresh and Joyce Irby called “Mr D.J.” in 1989, before working with the group Another Bad Creation, a boy band that consisted of members between 5 and 11 years old.

What most people might not know is that Dallas was the mastermind behind the success of the 1991 debut Boyz II Men album, ‘CooleyHighHarmony‘. The group personally asked Dallas to produce the album almost entirely by himself, which also helped to further put Dallas on the map as an established producer in the business.

The success of the album prompted them to request the musical genius once again for the follow-up album, 1994’s ‘II‘. However, Dallas had other plans after discovering how their success had changed their attitudes and egos, which he didn’t like. He agreed to producing only one song for the album, which was the smash, “Thank You“.

Dallas reveals that Boyz II Men also tried to discredit the talents of Babyface, who landed them one of their biggest singles to date, “I’ll Make Love To You“. “They just got to that point where they were smelling themselves so much”, Dallas says. “From that point, I was like, I can’t believe they turned into that, really. They became really disrespectful to people and not nice. I don’t tolerate it and it shows, because after that record they tried to get me to do the second one and I said no”.

After the Boyz II Men debut, Dallas was approached by LA Reid and Babyface to produce the debut album for TLC. “In the meeting, LA looks at me like, ‘what do you think they should be’? They’re definitely not En Vogue, so let’s make them the female BBD (Bell Biv Devoe). Let’s find the right things and the right topics to make them the guys of the girls”, Dallas states.

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Dallas Austin with TLC and Babyface in 1992

Dallas reveals how he managed to get their creative juices flowing, by simply having fun in the studio, playing games and having water fights! “We recorded every moment we were having. We captured all that fun on that album”, Dallas says. He also touched on how the multiple samples used on the first single, “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg“, almost hindered it’s success.

“The radio stations were saying it’s got so much noise in it. We can’t play this, it’s got noise all over the place. And then [Left Eye] said, ‘two inches or a yard, rock hard or if it’s saggin’, and they were like, we’re not playing this on the radio. So, we ended up having to go to do the video first, so they could see what the girl’s looked like. From that point, when they see Left Eye with the big glasses come on and everything, it took the group to another level — it took off instantly after that. But before that, it was a little more difficult to get them off because of the noise and the content”.

Dallas touched on how the playful image of TLC helped to soften some of the harder messages that they were trying to deliver, such as safe sex. “I was writing the lyrics to be more edgy than what the girls were”, Dallas admits. “We knew that they were going to have a cartoony vibe when they first came out, but the radio looked at the lyrics as being too risque. So that’s why we ended up putting the condom on her eye. We’re talking about safe sex, even though she ain’t too proud to beg for sex, she’s being safe about it. There was a big [AIDs] epidemic at the time. That kinda encouraged the condoms and hanging them off everything.”

One of the biggest standout moments during the highs and the lows of the history of TLC is the infamous management deal the girls had signed with Pebbles, the wife of LA Reid at the time. “Your first album deal is pretty much like, the label is the bank, there’s no guaranteed way for them to get their money back, so they string you up in any way possible to get their money back because there’s no sure fire success rate”, Dallas says.

“At that time, to shoot one video, even a low scale video would cost $150,000. The “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg” video cost $175,000. By the time you do the shoot, go to radio — the girls also don’t know about the business set up at this point. As the group started to take off they didn’t understand that it takes more money to be successful now. When you do another video, they’re going to get better and better — the balance is through the roof. According to the deal at that time, what you’re supposed to get wasn’t enough, considering the success. The deal was based on no success. Between that, and then signing to Pebbles, and then LA, and then Pebbles management — it just became mess”.

Dallas opens up about his relationship with Chilli, which started during the first album, revealing that Chilli miscarried due to the stress brought on by Pebbles. T-Boz and Left Eye knew about it but they agreed to hide it from Pebbles, as she had a thing about girls being groupies in the industry and told the girls not to date their producers. Pebbles decided to kick Chilli out of the group once she learnt about her first pregnancy and began holding auditions for a new member to replace Chilli’s role in TLC.

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Dallas Austin and Chilli with son Tron

“I had to go to Pebbles and be like, we’re not just messing around, this is my girlfriend, it’s been going on for a year you just didn’t know it”, Dallas states. He was also against the replacement of Chilli and told Pebbles that it would not work. “We already started working, it just didn’t work out. The synergy of the group didn’t work out, the girls didn’t want another person in the group, so she kinda forced her way back in because it didn’t make any sense”.

Pebbles gave in and let Chilli stay in the group, as the girls had already cemented their line-up via their ongoing success, and on top of the relationship, the business handling came into question, after the lack of royalties for their second and best-selling album, ‘CrazySexyCool‘. “When they started to find out what they should be getting — they didn’t really find out what they should be getting, it was more like ignorance is bliss. ‘Mary J. Blige got $5 million we want $5 million’, there was no logic behind it, it was just hearsay, but they stuck to it”.

When LA heard these numbers being demanded by the girls, he said it didn’t make sense or fit in the business. They were still demanding their money, so he told them to go and ask Clive Davis, the head of Arista Records, and the parent company to LaFace Records. “The girls got 3 or 4 gangster girls from Techwood in the projects here, and they drove all the way to New York, and went all the way to Clive’s office during his meeting with Puff [Daddy] and hung up his phone, and this big ghetto girl said, ‘TLC got something to say!’ They shut the door and told Clive and LA they need to talk on the phone together, personally, so there was no BS going on”, Dallas recalls.

“That noise was the only way that they got the deal fixed, because the logical way wasn’t working. Acting the way they did worked for them, and getting on award shows reading from rolls of toilet paper thanking everybody. It embarrassed LA and them so much that they figured, okay, let’s try to work and figure this out. By the time we got to “CrazySexyCool” it panned out, obviously. But inbetween that time it was a mess”.

Dallas dives into the life and turbulent times of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, noting that the common perception of her arson incident with Andre Rison didn’t actually propel them into the limelight positively. “It took them to a whole different place, and it hurt them at the same time. They were just coming off all the bankruptcy stuff and getting into the studio”, Dallas reminisces. “She had this thing that 2pac told her a long time ago that if they’re not talking bad about you, they’re not saying nothing about you. So, she would just kinda act out even more, based off of that, even though I think that she didn’t mean to burn the house down, she had that streak in her at the time.

It ended up where they lost endorsements. TLC has never had anything — the things that they should have done as a big group they never did because of stuff like that. No CoverGirl endorsements, no Pepsi, you never see them on make up, they never even did a world tour until now. The records and the image of the group ended up being way bigger because of all that. They’d be sitting in New York, and Lisa would get into this thing where she would go back and forth to MTV, telling them that she quit, right after they finished another interview saying they were all together. At one point it seemed really dark, because she was on a misison to be her, and stand out in any way possible, and that way wasn’t really good all the time”.

T-Boz is very loyal to the people she chooses to work with, and that included Dallas Austin, whom she was close to and knew years before he worked for TLC, as they used to skate in the same spots in Atlanta. “It was hard to get T-Boz to go to the studio with anyone besides me and Jermaine [Dupri]. So, I just had the keys to it, I knew where to go next, I knew what would make us different. I knew that when we got to “Fanmail“, it was time for another change. I knew that I was gonna do an ‘Unpretty‘ type of song just from listening to music by Ani Difranco and Alanis Morrissette, it was time to take them somewhere else. But I always had the vision of what we should do next.”

One of his favorite tracks that he ever worked on for TLC was their 1994 #1 single, ‘Creep‘, because it was based on a true story — his own. “It was about this girlfriend I had at the time. I knew I wasn’t being faithful and I wasn’t around at the house. I found her cheating on me! She was like, ‘what do you expect me to do? You haven’t been there for me. I’ve been loyal to you and I just needed some attention, and you haven’t been giving it to me’. I was like, you’re right. I’m just gonna have to take one for the team — and write a song about it”.

The whole world was shocked to learn that Chilli was with a child, when she gave birth to her son, Tron Austin, in 1997 whilst TLC were on hiatus, in between albums. It was more of a shock because she never looked pregnant, so it was easily kept a secret. “Nobody knew that she was pregnant until she was 9 months. She would just wear big, oversized sweatshirts because she was so little.

It wasn’t until my mom saw her one day, spitting into a cup. My mom said, ‘ did you just spit into a cup? You’re pregnant’. What does that mean? I’ve never heard of that before. By the time my mom and them figured it out, she was 9 months gone. It kinda just came, nobody really had the chance to be — she was so afraid of what Pebbles and the girls would think that she just kept it to herself. So we just hid it for the longest”.

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Chilli pregnant with Tron in 1997

Despite it being true that TLC have never broken up, Left Eye was on a mission to express herself freely and creatively on a music project, after LA Reid silenced her debut solo effort, “Supernova“, from receiving a full release in the United States in 2001. The legal wranglings with Arista Records over not paying her what she was owed, effectively allowed her to be free to sign with another label and putting TLC’s 4th LP on hold. She chose to be affiliated with Suge Knight‘s rebirth of Death Row, renowned as Tha Row. “She would do anything to ruffle the feathers”, Dallas admits.

Dallas goes on to confess that he was involved in stirring some of the drama during the successful ‘Fanmail Tour‘. Left Eye had told the girls she wasn’t happy and that she wouldn’t be joining them that night on the tour, which upset them. Dallas went on to write a note to Left Eye, posing as T-Boz and Chilli, to tell her they didn’t need her and they quit. Left Eye frantically told them she wasn’t quitting and admits she was just saying it for effect. After the tour, she later came back to tell them of her solo wishes, which they respected, until she revealed she was working with Suge.

Throwing Suge Knight into the mix surely turned things upside down for everybody. Left Eye was using a new moniker under his label, N.I.N.A (New Identity Non Applicable). “You couldn’t do anything with her at that point”, Dallas recalls. “Her mind just started going way somewhere else, and then she just started being more and more trouble. She felt like that is where she needed to be at to support her troubles, to support her acting out the way that she wanted to. She had Suge telling her, ‘yeah you can do this and that, you don’t need them’. LA Reid was scared to talk with and deal with him, in a sense, like ‘why are you trying to break up my group?’, so we just had to let it do what it did and let her get away with it. So that was another mess. Left Eye’s manager being Suge trying to talk to the TLC’s managers, it was a nightmare”.

Dallas felt like Lisa was spiritually uneasy, and feels that her adapting a strict vegan lifestyle and her many trips to Honduras to meet with Dr. Sebi may have contributed to her changes. “Sometimes when you go vegan like that, especially back then, your mind can start going a little bit because you’re not getting what you need or something. She started going a little bit weird, then she was going back and forth to the Doctor. Something dark is going on but we just can’t figure it out, with her going to Suge and then back and forth over there and the vegan — she was just on her own planet”.

Dallas reminisces the time they were working on “Creep”, and LA Reid being upset with Left Eye because she refused to lay down a rap for the single. “She didn’t want Andre to think that’s what she was doing. She’d go outside and write a rap in her car for hours and come back with nothing. Finally she said, ‘I’m not doing it, I’m not writing a rap that says I’m cheating’. I said forget it, this is gonna make it new. Let T-Boz just sing it, and it’ll be fresh from where we came from”. Left Eye eventually wrote a rap for the remix, with a message that strongly opposed cheating.

Dallas feels that there is a void in TLC without the presence of Left Eye, but understands their decision to never replace her. “Even after her passing, they didn’t wanna put anyone else in the group, they didn’t want anyone to do her parts, it’s like kinda weird. Like, I see the two of you on stage, just throw Lil’ Mama in for a second, and they were like no, we’re not adding anybody to the group, and that’s it. You can feel the void now when they do their shows, the songs are so big and a lot of people never got the chance to see them perform, so it’s like new and exciting. You go to a TLC show and you’ll see people in Cross Colours, and it’s like everybody who didn’t get to do it before then they can do it now”.

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TLC on The Main Event tour in 2015

Dallas continued working on his projects over the years, including co-producing “The Boy Is Mine“, for Brandy & Monica, the latter being the first singer he signed to his Rowdy Records label, while she was a mere 13 years old. Dallas recalls the two not getting along, and Monica hitting Brandy in the face backstage before their first and only performance of the song in the 90’s at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Dallas also worked his magic with Pink, the mega superstar who began her journey signing with LaFace in 2000. LA Reid insisted she have an R&B debut, “Can’t Take Me Home“, however she hated it and Dallas also knew that was the wrong direction for her. He worked with her on her follow-up album, “Missundaztood“, which LA didn’t understand as it had a pop rock edge, but it was a major hit. Dallas admits that the songs he produced for the project were actually songs he wrote relating to his break-up with Chilli.

“That album was a trip, because really it was a break-up record — me and Chilli had broken up”, Dallas admits. “So all these songs that I was writing, I was writing myself out of the relationship. Me and Pink just clicked and it was the right moment and right artist to do them with at the time. I love ‘Don’t Let Me Get Me‘, that was a breakout album for her to just be Pink, not being held by the label or the scrutiny of what LA wanted her to be”.

Not many producers can boast such an iconic roster of work like Dallas Austin. He has worked with legendary artists ranging from Madonna and TLC to the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson. Dallas worked on the ‘HIStory album in 1995, including the controversial singles “Stranger In Moscow” (written while he was being hidden in Russia by the government) and “They Don’t Care About Us“, which sparked racial controversies related to the Jewish community, amid allegations of antisemitism.

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Concert, Interview

#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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Interview

T-Boz Answers Fans: New TLC Music, Reality TV, Left Eye, Marriage & More

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Every TLC fan knows that Ms Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins is known for her social media ‘drive-bys’, so when she’s feeling ready to talk, you better stop whatever you are doing!

When T-Boz goes live on her Instagram, she allows fans to have a real interactive and intimate moment with her, as she reads questions from her fans, offers them advice and just has a lot of fun with her die-hards.

The gorgeous Tionne went live on March 15, 2019, rocking a fresh new look and hairdo. She spoke her mind on various topics, including the Michael Jackson ‘Leaving Neverland’ drama, how she has adjusted to performing without Left Eye after so long, reality TV and more!

Favourite number

That’s an interesting question. I don’t know what my favourite number is. I know number one is cool, because I like to be that, okay? (Laughs) But I guess I’ll choose my birthday number, which is 26. I’m drawn to even numbers, and 70, because that’s the year I was born. So, numbers that have something to do with me personally, maybe.

Left Eye singing on Diggin’ On You?

No, she didn’t sing background on the songs. It was just in the video. It’s a three member group and it only made sense for her to be singing in the video because there’s no rap on there. You know, it’s video stuff, so she had to be involved, but on the album, no she didn’t sing on Diggin’ On You. Debra Killings did a lot of our backgrounds.

Dreams

The dreams I have are more like real life dreams. Like, I have strong feelings. I can daydream and picture something, then I’ll go for it. Usually if I have a dream like that then it usually comes true. Like, I’ma have a book or something like that.

‘Girls Crew’ with Chilli, Mýa & Lil’ Kim

No, I was offered [to be on the show] but I turned it down. I don’t wanna be swimming. I don’t like to be on yachts (laughs). I like to travel, but no, it has to make sense for me. With my sickle cell, it’s crazy. When I get in water now, if it’s too cold it will make me achy, if it’s too hot it will make me achy. So, it just wasn’t a good time either.

So, no I did not go on the show and no I will not be on the show whatsoever. But, that was by choice and I’m glad she did it, and I love Lil’ Kim to death, I always have and always will, so it had nothing to do with anything like that. It was just a personal choice, I’m just not into pretending to do stuff I really don’t do, for reality or a check or nothing. So, I just said no.

New TLC music

I’m sure we’re not done, like if there’s a soundtrack or something else, and I’m sure there will be original music for certain projects. Actually, we did do a song for a soundtrack for a movie, too, and I’ve done one solo aswell. So, I’m not done recording, and I have other solo music coming out, so, you will hear from us and me.

‘Leaving Neverland’

Don’t get me started on that, but a lot of people had the chance to say something while people were still living to defend themselves. It’s very tricky when people like to be in scandals. We’re down for somebody until they get mad or try to retract what they said. And the press never wanna say the good stuff, they only wanna say the bad.

Anymore music videos for the latest album?

To me, That album is ruined and it’s over. I doubt it if anything else is going to come out from that album. Should have, but it’s a little too late for that.

Touring Africa

I don’t know when I’m coming back to Africa, that was a long a*s trip! It took 27 hours to get back home! I loved it over there, but to get there and back? Or maybe I need to stay in the Johannesburg side and not go over to wherever I was, because chile, I thought I was gon’ pass out! All that daggone flying I had to do to get home.

Advice about holding grudges

Holding grudges only hurts you, it doesn’t hurt the other person. You ain’t gotta like somebody. When you forgive somebody, you’re not necessarily forgiving them for them, you’re forgiving them for you, your health, your heart. It’s not good to harbour bad feelings. Because if you notice, those people will be doing their own sh*t, living their life, while you’re over here f*cked up, sick, wasting time and energy on somebody who don’t give a damn about you. Let the anger go. You either suck it up and deal with it, or let it go. That’s for your benefit, your well-being.

Performing without Left Eye

It’s been like 16 years. Back in the day, yeah it used to be [hard], but now I more than know what it is and used to it. Its stuff you heal from, you never get over but you have to heal from it. You have to learn to move on. But sometimes it can be crazy and just hit you out of the blue. But it’s not hard for me to perform anymore because I love to perform.

TLC’s Prince & Michael Jackson love

Chilli liked Michael as her husband. I love Michael as everything. So, Michael Jackson is my number one, and Prince is my other one. She just wanted to date him, I just didn’t want to date him. But I was never a groupie for anybody! I will say that about her and Michael, the way she was acting that time, I’m just saying! I didn’t jump over no chairs or knock people out the way to get to nobody. I was always calm, cool and collected when I met Michael Jackson and Prince, FYI.

Left Eye biopic

How do I feel [about Lisa’s sister Reigndrop doing a Left Eye biopic]? I mean, it’s her sister, so she can do whatever she wants to do.

Sickle cell pain management

I do a lot of holistic stuff, like oxygen baths, infrared saunas, CBD oil, CBD gummy bears, CBD rubs, even regular oral drops, their nasty, your breath will be kicking, but it boosts your immune system, so when I know I’m gonna fly I take that.

Fave TLC performance

I think the 1995 MTV Video Music Awards in the black and white outfits was cool. I think I will always think that was cool.

Exes

No, I am not getting back with anybody. If I’ve left somebody that means it’s permanent, honey.

Writing another book?

I don’t know. I’m thinking about writing a cookbook, that would be fun. Some good old recipes to share.

Artist management

Would I ever manage a group? Hell to the no! No, no, NO! I would not manage a artist, they get on my damn nerves. It’s a f*ckin headache, and I would never manage any artist. I hardly want to do another artist after those last crazy a*s ones we just dealt with.

People are just too much! People don’t have no work ethic, people don’t wanna work hard, people are lazy as f*ck! They’re unappreciative, feel entitled, spoilt, ain’t got no damn sense, make me wanna choke the sh*t outta them!

So, no. No management from me, unless you want me to end up in jail. So the best way for me to keep my black a*s outta jail is to not do it.

Andre Rison biopic

Yes I’ve heard about the Andre Rison biopic, and I heard some of the interview he did with that radio station. It was interesting, but one thing he was wrong about, TLC was never, ever, ever going to be signed to Death Row. I don’t know if they wanted us to be, or lied and told Lisa that, but Lisa was signed to them. But hell no I’d ever sign with Death Row, that’s a f*ckin’ lie.

Relationship with Pebbles

There will never be a relationship with Perri. Chile, you might as well never bring up her name again. She’s not worth talking about, but God bless her. But there will never be a relationship there ever again.

Returning to Tokyo, Japan

Will I be coming back to Tokyo? Yeah, I’ll be in Tokyo on April 2nd. How about that? Didn’t know that, did ya? Now you do.

Days Of Our Lives

They’re trying to see if they can keep me. Maybe people have to vote me on there, like how they had me back three times. But, they’re trying to see if they can keep me as a permanent role.

No alcohol

No, I do not drink. You do not want me to be drinking alcohol or do no damn drugs. Because, I am off the chain by nature, honey, so if you add chemicals to that situation, that’s just a bad combination. Alcohol intensifies, even with sickle cell, I don’t like to drink, but I can’t because it thins our blood and it would put me in the hospital.

Marriage

I was married once for four and a half years. Would I ever get married again? Maybe if Jesus pops me a man, damn, or we can do secret science where we build a perfect man or some sh*t like that. Jesus will have to be like, ‘here you go, Tionne’. I’m not opposed to it, but I’m not like looking for anybody either, but I am single on purpose. Don’t get it twisted, ok?

T’s hilarious weed experience

I don’t smoke or drink, but the tweeds keep you out of trouble? Well maybe I need to start. Weed smells like a*s, those tweeds smell like booty. I just don’t understand. I mean, the smell, people who smoke it with the morning breath and the f*ckin’ coffee? Weed breath and coffee, together? Hell to the no!

I got another story [besides the Mack 10 story with the weed brownies]. My brother got me a weed cookie! Everyone knows I don’t smoke or drink, I’ve never had a joint. So, if you give me an edible I don’t know how long it takes to work and all that. So, I had a traumatizing experience with a brownie my ex-husband gave me, then my brother f*cks around and gives me this damn cookie.

Now, people didn’t tell me they have potency, like 1x strong, 2x strong, 3x strong, and he was like ‘this will help you with your sickle cell, this is the kind that will help you relax’, but sh*t, I ate the cookie, and everything went f*ckin’ numb! I couldn’t feel my lips, my teeth, my booty, my coochie lips, nothing! I felt nothing, when I ate that tweed cookie!

Big thanks to Megan Dove
Anniversary, Review, Television

TLC Swept MTV Video Music Awards This Week in 1995!

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We’re taking it back to September 7, 1995 where MTV celebrated that years greatest music videos at Radio City Music Hall in New York for their annual Video Music Awards!

Despite Michael and Janet Jackson‘s “Scream” video being the nights most nominated video (with a whopping eleven nominations), it was TLC who stole the show.

With an equally impressive ten nominations for their iconic music video for “Waterfalls”, they went on to win 4 awards that night, including the two most prestigious awards; Viewer’s Choice and Video of the Year.

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The girls sealed the deal with a show-shopping medley of their hits from their record-breaking sophomore album, CrazySexyCool. This performance is considered as one of TLC’s greatest performances by fans!

Other celebrities in attendance included Madonna, Boyz II Men, Mike Tyson, Drew Barrymore, Ricki Lake, Lenny Kravitz and the Notorious B.I.G.

Along with the visually flawless concert-based video “Diggin’ On You” (also directed by F. Gary Gray), the CrazySexyMedley acted as an insight of what to expect on their CrazySexyCool world tour, which ended prematurely in 1996.

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R&B’s power couple Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, also attended to present TLC with their Video of the Year award, in true Bobby & Whitney style!

TLC went on to earn their 5th moonman in 1999, for their chart-topping smash “No Scrubs”, winning Best Group Video.

List of Nominees and Winners at the MTV Video Music Awards 1995
Video of the Year
  • TLC – Waterfalls
  • Green Day – Basket Case
  • Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson – Scream
  • Weezer – Buddy Holly
Winner: TLC – Waterfalls
Best Male Video
  • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – You Don’t Know How It Feels
  • Chris Isaak – Somebody’s Crying
  • Elton John – Believe
  • Lucas – Lucas With The Lid Off
  • Seal – Don’t Cry
Winner: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – You Don’t Know How It Feels
Best Female Video
  • Madonna – Take A Bow
  • Des’ree – You Gotta Be
  • PJ Harvey – Down By The Water
  • Annie Lennox – No More I Love You’s
Winner: Madonna – Take A Bow
Best Group Video
  • TLC – Waterfalls
  • Green Day – Basket Case
  • The Rolling Stones – Love Is Strong
  • Stone Temple Pilots – Interstate Love Song
Winner: TLC – Waterfalls
Best Rap Video
  • Dr. Dre – Keep Their Head’s Ringin’
  • Brandy & MC Lyte & Queen Latifah & YoYo – I Wanna Be Down
  • Da Bush Babees – Remember We
  • Craig Mack – Flava In Ya Ear
  • Public Enemy – Give It Up
  • Rappin’ 4tay – I’ll Be Around
Winner: Dr. Dre – Keep Their Head’s Ringin’
Best R&B Video
  • TLC – Waterfalls
  • Boyz II Men – Water Runs Dry
  • Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson – Scream
  • Jade – 5-4-3-2 (Yo! Time Is Up)
  • Montell Jordan – This Is How We Do It
Winner: TLC – Waterfalls
Best Dance Video
  • Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson – Scream
  • Paula Abdul – My Love Is For Real
  • C+C Music Factory – Do You Want To Get Funky
  • Montell Jordan – This Is How We Do It
  • Madonna – Human Nature
  • Salt-N-Pepa – None Of Your Business
Winner: Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson – Scream
Viewer’s Choice
  • TLC – Waterfalls
  • Green Day – Basket Case
  • Hootie & The Blowfish – Hold My Hand
  • Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson – Scream
  • Live – Lightning Crashes
  • R.E.M. – What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?
Winner: TLC – Waterfalls 
Best New Artist
  • Hootie & The Blowfish – Hold My Hand
  • Jeff Buckley – Last Goodbye
  • Des’ree – You Gotta Be
  • Filter – Hey Man, Nice Shot
Winner: Hootie & The Blowfish – Hold My Hand
Breakthrough Video
  • Weezer – Buddy Holly
  • Green Day – Basket Case
  • Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson – Scream
  • TLC – Waterfalls
Winner: Weezer – Buddy Holly
Best Metal/Hard Rock
  • White Zombie – More Human Than Human
  • Green Day – Basket Case
  • Meat Puppets – We Don’t Exist
  • Stone Temple Pilots – Interstate Love Song
Winner: White Zombie – More Human Than Human
Best Alternative Video
  • Weezer – Buddy Holly
  • The Cranberries – Zombie
  • Green Day – Basket Case
  • Hole – Doll Parts
  • Stone Temple Pilots – Interstate Love Song
Winner: Weezer – Buddy Holly
Best Video From A Film
  • Seal – Kiss From A Rose
  • Bryan Adams – Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman
  • Jim Carrey – Cuban Pete
  • U2 – Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me
  • Urge Overkill – Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon
Winner: Seal – Kiss From A Rose
Best Direction
  • Weezer – Buddy Holly
  • Green Day – Basket Case
  • Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson – Scream
  • TLC – Waterfalls
Winner: Weezer – Buddy Holly
Best Choreography
  • Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson – Scream
  • Paula Abdul – My Love Is For Real
  • Brandy – Baby
  • Madonna – Human Nature
  • Salt-N-Pepa – None Of Your Business
Winner: Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson – Scream
Best Special Effects
  • The Rolling Stones – Love Is Strong
  • Bjork – Army Of Me
  • Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson – Scream
  • Madonna – Human Nature
  • TLC – Waterfalls
Winner: The Rolling Stones – Love Is Strong 
Best Art Direction
  • Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson – Scream
  • Madonna – Take A Bow
  • Jill Sobule – I Kissed A Girl
  • TLC – Waterfalls
Winner: Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson – Scream
Best Editing
  • Weezer – Buddy Holly
  • Green Day – Basket Case
  • Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson – Scream
  • Jill Sobule – I Kissed A Girl
  • TLC – Waterfalls
Winner: Weezer – Buddy Holly
Best Cinematography
  • The Rolling Stones – Love Is Strong
  • Boyz II Men – Water Runs Dry
  • Green Day – Basket Case
  • Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson – Scream
  • Stone Temple Pilots – Interstate Love Song
  • TLC – Waterfalls
Winner: The Rolling Stones – Love Is Strong 

Other TLC VMA appearances: