November 1, 2013


As most 90s kids will tell you, TLC was is the bomb. Their forthright lyrics, and smooth-and-funky vibe is only part of how they became the best-selling girl group of all time.

When TLC released their greatest hits album “20” on October 15th, I’m pretty sure it was the golf clap heard round the world. All their best songs arranged on one decently priced album? Yes please!

While I feared that I would disagree with at least one choice for the greatest hits album, the truth is that it’s pretty much perfect. They didn’t leave anything out, and they didn’t include anything unnecessary. Both the selection and the order of the songs tell the TLC journey with adequate transparency.

In previously released music, the three women fearlessly discussed subjects like AIDS and prostitution, while highlighting racial and gender issues. All the while they looked fly and embodied originality. Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes brings the Rap factor, while Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins represents hip-hop and funk with her low growl of a voice. Rozanda “Chilli” Thomas was deemed “the pretty one who could sing” and thus represents R&B. Just in case you need refreshing, just re-watch their music video for “Waterfalls”:

On “20” we were pleased to find “Meant To Be,” a new addition to the TLC songbook. Ne-yo wrote the single for the soundtrack to CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, a VH1 biopic about the group, which premiered on October 21st. The song is a tribute to the trio’s mantra that they used to chant before shows, “TLC! MTB!” The message rings clear in the movie as well, emphasizing the everlasting bond that the three women share despite the death of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes. Both living members of the trio, T-Boz and Chilli are executive producers for the movie, and were very involved in character development for the three starring roles.

In The TLC Story, LA Reid’s character spells-out the magic for us: “It’s kinda new edition, but rap too. Street, but not ghetto,” he said. “No girls ever done anything like this.”

To its credit, the movie does give audiences some insight into TLC’s decision to reunite for the album’s release. The movie is also a reinforcement of honor for Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, and a demonstration to audiences that their joint commitment to the music was real enough to come back to after all these years.

“And I like the message…” Reid’s character mused. “It’s empowering.”

As demonstrated through their album and film releases, TLC’s empowering message and 90s sound is obviously something that current audiences can relate to.

Here is”20″ on iTunes:

What’s is your opinion on TLC’s new song, #MeantToBe?  Tweet us @WeknowtheDJ!

-Jenni M (JenniferKayMo)





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