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.
Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas left her handprint on Planet Hollywood in New York City’s Times Square earlier today, cementing her hands into a mold. The TLC member kept it low-key in a dressed-down ensemble, rocking jeans tucked into black stiletto boots and a zip-up jacket. Check out the star of VH1’s “What Chilli Wants” making her mark in the Big Apple.
Kandi Burruss recalls writing one of the biggest hits of the ’90s, TLC’s “No Scrubs.” The “Real Housewife of Atlanta,” whose new album Kandi Koated drops December 14, reveals how the Grammy-winning song changed her life. “That was one of the best decisions I think I ever made,” she tells Rap-Up TV of giving the song to T-Boz, Chilli, and Left Eye. “That song has made history and it really opened the doorway for my songwriting career.”
The Atlanta singer-songwriter recently ran into T-Boz, who is working on a special project and asked Kandi to rap along with a bunch of other “female boss chicks.” The door is open for future collabos.
Another big record that came later that year was Destiny’s Child’s “Bills, Bills, Bills.” “At first, I think they were kinda iffy on me coming to the session when I first got there, but I ended up hitting it off really well with the girls,” says Kandi of recording with the original foursome, Beyoncé, Kelly, LeToya, and LaTavia.
Plus, find out which of today’s songwriters charts high with the former Xscape member.
“Dreams are hopeless aspirations
In hopes of comin’ true
Believe in yourself
The rest is up to me and you”
Today marks the eight-year anniversary of the passing of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes. Left Eye was known as the “crazy” member of the groundbreaking trio TLC, and together they went on to become the biggest-selling female group of all time in the United States with 22 million albums sold. Watch a fan-made medley of some of her most memorable verses below. R.I.P. Left Eye.
Superstar siblings Brandy and Ray J Norwood invite viewers into their lives in “Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business,” a new VH1 series that follows the musical family, including entertainment manager and mom, Sonja, and talented musical father, Willie, as they take their family business, Rn’B Productions, to the next level. Watch the family affair when it begins Sunday, April 11, at 9 p.m.
Ciara celebrated her Fantasy Ride album release with Young Jeezy, Monica, and Juelz Santana, at a party in her hometown of Atlanta on Wednesday night. CiCi will be giving fans a virtual concert this Saturday on Planet Cazmo.
Rap-Up.com attended Dasani’s Ultimate Style and Beauty Lounge this past Friday at the Townhouse Spa in NYC. TLC’s Chilli, Dasani’s new spokesperson, hosted the luxurious event to honor legendary black model agent Bethann Hardison and BET president Debra Lee. Women got their nails done with complimentary manicures, pedicures, massages, facials, and makeup applications throughout the day.