Nine years ago to this day, the world lost another angel. Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, one-third of multi-platinum group TLC, unexpectedly died while on a trip to her favorite vacation spot, Honduras. But in the wake of her death, the worldly lyricist left behind a body of work that not only withstood the test of time, but serves as a testament to her skills. Though another year has gone by since Left Eye passed, Rap-Up.com remembers five of her most memorable verses.
“No Scrubs” – TLC
As the centerpiece of this anti-deadbeat anthem, Left Eye’s verse added intelligent, crafty lines about a well-worn topic and kept it fresh. Whereas Chilli and T-Boz kept their venom confined to an R&B coo, their rapping counterpart called out all the fake playas with witty wordplay and combative vocabulary—guaranteed to put a scrub in his place.
“Waterfalls” – TLC
TLC scored a massive hit with their optimistic anthem “Waterfalls,” which featured a sunny verse from Left Eye. On her relaxed rap, Left Eye parts the clouds by subsuming herself in hope and praising the power of faith, encouraging listeners to see past the gray by believing in yourself.
“Not Tonight (Remix)” – Lil’ Kim feat. Angie Martinez, Left Eye, Da Brat, and Missy Elliott
While Left Eye was known to kick a powerful verse about self-love and confidence, she also knew how to lay back and chill with the ladies. Her addition to Lil’ Kim’s female anthem “Not Tonight (Remix)” from the Nothing to Lose soundtrack showed that she enjoyed the club life, from “booty shakin'” to “club hoppin’.”
“Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg” – TLC
As far back as 1991, Left Eye was stealing the spotlight with her emphatic raps. On “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg,” she cemented her status as one of the earliest female MCs to rhyme about her sexuality and wanting a man to satisfy her bedroom needs.
“U Know What’s Up (Remix)” – Donell Jones feat. Left Eye
Left Eye earned one of her highest-charting hits with a guest verse on the remix to Donell Jones’ 1999 smash “U Know What’s Up.” Her dizzying rhymes played smoothly against Jones’ vocals, adding a feminine touch to the boy-girl jam.