Mostly everyone would name Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes as their favourite member of TLC and everyone was really sad about her premature death. Unfortunately, the remaining members of the group – T-Boz and Chilli – keep finding ways to shit all over her memory by doing stupid things. First they cast Lil Mama as Left Eye in the upcoming TLC biopic, and now they’ve completely re-recorded her rap in ‘Waterfalls’ (which was the best part of that song, anyway) and replaced it with a guest spot by J-Pop superstar Namie Amuro.
Apparently the story is that they were blocked from using Left Eye’s rap for the re-release, but while logic and respect would dictate that you just don’t re-release the track then (since THE ORIGINAL IS STILL OUT THERE AND AVAILABLE), people gotta get paid so they said fuck it and moved forward with Namie.
TMZ broke the story, Lisa’s family was upset when TLC released the 20th anniversary addition of arguably one of their biggest hits ever — and axed Lisa from the track … replacing her with J-Pop queen Namie Amuro.
But remaining members Chili and T-Boz are setting the record straight … claiming the band doesn’t own the master recording rights to Lisa’s rap, and all requests to gain the rights have been DENIED.
Chili tells TMZ, “We were forced to use a creative way to honor Lisa’s memory and celebrate this milestone with the fans.”
TLC also says they reached out to Ron Lopes — Lisa’s brother — before releasing the track.
TLC adds, “We have and always will protect our sister’s legacy as TLC consists of the three of us collectively … there will never be a replacement for Lisa or any members in TLC.”
This all seems weird, so whatever. This is a terrible idea and I hope no one buys it.