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Members: Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas.

Once dubbed the female “BBD”, TLC emerged at the end of the New Jack Era and have become legends. Their first album introduced the rowdier sound of the newly formed LaFace records (thanks to Dallas Austin) and was an immediate success. The chaotic funk of “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” ruled the spring of 1992, while the laid-back “Baby, Baby, Baby” defined the summer of 1992. Two more singles would emerge from the album, and by the holiday season, they had even released a single entitled “Sleigh Ride.”

Lisa Lopes made headlines when she burned down the home of her then boyfriend Andre Rison, a football star with the Atlanta Falcons, in 1993.

In 1994, TLC returned with their biggest album to date, CrazySexyCool. “Creep,” “Red Light Special,” “Waterfalls,” and “Diggin On You” were all substantial hits, in addition to “Kick Your Game.” After winning numerous awards, the group declared bankruptcy and got out of their contract with Perri "Pebbles" Reid.

In 1999, the group returned again with Fanmail, with three hit singles: “Silly Ho,” “No Scrubs,” and “Unpretty.” Rumors abounded that the group was breaking up, in large part to Left Eye’s conspicuous behavior in regards to the group. Lopes also did some work with Mel C of the Spice Girls, and lent her efforts on *Nsync's 'No Strings Attached' album.

Lopes then signed as a solo artist named "N.I.N.A" (New Identity Not Applicable) to Suge Knight's Tha Row Records (formerly known as Death Row Records), while Rozonda "Chilli" Williams appeared in Usher's "U Remind Me" and "U Got It Bad" videos as his significant other (mirroring their real-life relationship), and Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins is currently married to rapper Mack-10.

Sadly, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes was killed in a car crash while vacationing in Honduras on April 25th, 2002. TLC went ahead and released their final album, 3D in late 2002 to a lukewarm audience. The group performed their final show at New York-based radio station Z-100's 'Zootopia' concert in 2003.


 

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