I think it was a remix of something off her first album. I just watched the video again though and it took me back to that moment, laying on my Grandma’s bed (because we couldn’t watch TV in the living room…we had to “go back in the room” to watch videos), and seeing that epicness of female rapdom. Lil Kim, Da Brat, Angie Martinez (LOL, who?), Missy Elliott, and Left Eye. That was pretty amazing.
I am a serious TLC fan so picking one song is rough (since I really do know every word to every song from their first 3 albums). I’m going with “Hat 2 Da Back” because most people—even fans—don’t realize there’s a video for this song and when I think about TLC, I like to remember them from this early 90s era when they were so happy and goofy.
TLC formed when founding member Crystal Jones put an ad in an Atlanta newspaper seeking two more girls to start a singing group. Tionne (T-Boz) and Lisa (Left-Eye) answered the ad, and under the name 2nd Nature, the group came to the attention of 80s recording star Perri “Pebbles” Reid was was then married the LA Reid, co-president of LaFace records. L.A. Reid booted Crystal out of the group (I wonder where she is now…) and brought in Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas was an an in-house backup dancer for other LaFace artists.
The chemistry was evident from Jump and that spark will never again be replicated. Between their first album in 1992, Ooooooohhh…on the TLC Tip, and their last album in 2002, 3D, TLC amassed 4 multi-platinum albums, 4 Grammy awards (with 14 nominations), and 10 top-ten singles with 4 number ones, solidifying their spot as one of the most successful trios and girl groups of all time.
After the release of their third album, Fanmail, tensions in the group were running high. Lisa wanted to split up and record solo albums while Chilli and T-Boz wanted to continue working on their fourth album. Lisa took a break from recording to embark upon a spiritual retreat in Honduras. She and her companions filmed the majority of the trip which would go on to be made into a documentary of the last weeks of her life. The footage lasts right up to the fatal car accident where she swerved to avoid an oncoming vehicle and rolled her SUV down a cliff, hitting two trees and ejecting all passengers in the process. Lisa died from head and neck trauma, the only fatality from the accident.
Oddly enough, a few days before her own accident, Lisa had been a passenger in a car that hit a young boy at night, his last name being Lopez. Earlier in the documentary, Lisa remarked about a feeling of a dark spirit following her, and after the boy’s accident, she felt maybe the spirit had mistaken him for her, given their similar last names.