Rap-Up TV: Dallas Austin Talks TLC Biopic, 20th Anniversary Album

Dallas Austin and TLC topped the charts with hit after hit in the ’90s, and 20 years later, they’re rekindling the magic. The legendary producer has been in the studio with T-Boz and Chilli working on a new album to commemorate TLC’s 20th anniversary.

During the BMI Pop Awards, Austin shared more details about the project. “We took a lot of the old songs and remastered them. We mixed them just to tweak them, make them better,” he told Rap-Up TV.

TLC has also collaborated with some of today’s biggest stars. “They did something with J. Cole, they might be doing something with Drake,” revealed Austin.

In addition to new music, T-Boz and Chilli serve as consultants and executive producers on the VH1 biopic Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story starring Lil Mama, KeKe Palmer, and Drew Sidora.

“They look so much like the girls and their characters act so much like the girls, I think it might be the closest casting I’ve seen so far,” said Austin, who was on set. “I think it’s gonna touch a lot of people because they’re so good at being the characters.”

The film was shot in Atlanta and is set to premiere in November.

J. Cole Taps TLC for ‘Born Sinner’

J. Cole and TLC

He enlisted Missy Elliott for his debut, and now J. Cole is calling on another iconic act for Born Sinner. The Roc Nation rapper has collaborated with TLC on his sophomore album.

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First Look: Lil Mama, Keke Palmer, & Drew Sidora Are TLC in VH1 Biopic

Drew Sidora, Keke Palmer, and Lil Mama

Drew Sidora, Keke Palmer, and Lil Mama form the group TLC in the first official photo from VH1′s “Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story.” The young ladies step into the trio’s big shoes in the upcoming TV movie centered around the legendary R&B group.

Sidora plays Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Palmer is Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, and Lil Mama channels the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes in a look inspired by the cover of TLC’s 1992 debut Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip.

The two surviving members of the group, Chilli and T-Boz, have signed on as consultants and executive producers for the biopic, which was shot in Atlanta and is set to premiere in November.

Do they make a convincing TLC? Weigh in below.

TLC to Reunite for Mixtape Festival 2013

Chilli and T-Boz

TLC is hooking back up. The group’s surviving members, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozanda “Chilli” Thomas, are set to perform at the Mixtape Festival 2013 in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

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VH1 Announces Cast for TLC Biopic


VH1 has found their crazy, sexy, and cool. The network has officially announced the roles of Left Eye, Chilli, and T-Boz in the upcoming TLC biopic Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story.

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Lil Mama Cast as Left Eye in TLC Biopic

Lil Mama and Left Eye

Lil Mama is making big moves. The “Lip Gloss” rapper has just landed a role as Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes in the upcoming TLC biopic for VH1.

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Rap-Up TV: TLC’s T-Boz Plans to Collaborate With Drake

As one of the best-selling female groups of all time, TLC has amassed millions of fans including Drake. And it turns out that Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins is also an admirer of the Young Money rapper.

“I think Drake is awesome. He’s so talented. He’s one of the special ones,” T-Boz, one third of the iconic R&B trio, told Rap-Up TV.

Drizzy has never been shy about showing his love to T-Boz, Chilli, and Left Eye. He sported a “FanMail” T-shirt during rehearsals for the VMAs and even covered the group’s song “FanMail” on 2010’s “I Get Lonely Too.”

“It’s an honor when someone appreciates your work and they do something, so I don’t trip on stuff like that. I think it’s a compliment actually,” said T-Boz of Drake’s remake.

Drizzy recently bought a TLC T-shirt (“Protection Is the Priority”) off eBay and had T-Boz and Chilli sign it.

Now October’s Very Own is linking up with TLC’s very own. T-Boz plans to hit the studio with Drake and his producer Noah “40″ Shebib in the coming days to record some new music. “I think he would write perfect for my tone because he sings in that register that I sing in,” she said.

T-Boz, who has long battled sickle-cell anemia, recently released her single “Champion” to iTunes. The star of TLC’s “Totally T-Boz” dedicates the empowering track to children with the disease, but it has a broader message.

“It really goes out to anybody who has overcome any challenge in their life, whether it’s sports, cancer, whatever,” she explained.

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