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.
Today’s kinda a rough day for kids who grew up the 90s and hip hop fans alike. It’s the nine year anniversary of the death of Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes, the sparkplug rapper from 90s girl group TLC. I remember being in school when I heard the news that Left Eye had passed and it was pretty devastating. TLC hadn’t come out with a record since 1999 and Lisa’s 2001 solo effort was somewhat of a dud. She’d also dealt with a lot of scandal in her personal life, most notably when she lit a pair of her boyfriend’s sneakers on fire and left them to burn in the bathtub of her home.
I was such a huge TLC fan growing up that I remember watching the premiere of that show All That (remember that one? Staring that nutbag Amanda Bynes and current SNL cast member Kenan Thompson?) just so I could see them perform as the musical guest. I was home alone and my mom called to check in on me right as they were about to take the stage, and since this was pre-DVR, I hung up the phone on her mid-sentence just so I could watch them boogie down in over-sized overalls to their song “Creep.”
If you have any memories about Lisa or TLC, feel free to hit up the comments. Otherwise, rest in peace, Left Eye. We miss you, girl.
A little heartwarming news for your Thursday: Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, who died tragically in 2002, will finally get her second solo album released.
The long-awaited 12-track album, Eye-Legacy, will hit stores November 11, according to XXLmag.com. It features previously unreleased vocals from the TLC rapper and collaborations with Chamillionaire, Lil Mama, Bobby Valentino and Missy Elliott, who appears on the first single, “Let’s Just Do It.”
The LP is being released through Mass Appeal Entertainment, in conjunction with the Lopes family. It will also feature songs from Lopes’ 2001 solo debut, “Supernova,” which was never released in the U.S. UrbanNetwork.com reports that a duet with late rapper Tupac Shakur called “Legendary” will also appear on the disc.
“We hope people understand the message in Lisa’s music and appreciate her as not just a member of TLC, but as a solo artist as well,” the Lopes family said in a statement. “This album is Left Eye’s musical gift to her fans and adds to the beauty of her legacy.”
A percentage of the proceeds from the album sales will go to the Lisa Lopes Foundation and her orphanage in Honduras, according to UrbanNetwork. In April 2002, Lopes was vacationing in the Central American country when the SUV she was driving flipped over. Lopes was the only fatality among the eight passengers in the vehicle. She was 30.