Back in the mid-1990s, before TLC sold 10 million-plus records, before they became the bestselling girl group of all time, before the rumors of the group being broke wafted to the surface,and before their was evidence of acrimony between TLC and their manager Pebbles, I saw evidence of tension and strain between the two parties.
It was during an MTV interview with Chilli, T-Boz and Left Eye that Pebbles came out toward at the end to join the trio, I distinctly remember the encounter being completely devoid of chemistry or camaraderie. The entrance seemed rehearsed and forced and TLC were stiff and barely smiled when Pebbles emerged, opposed to when they were animated and boisterous just moments before with the MTV interviewer.
It wasn’t until after iconic CrazySexyCool album detonated on the charts and spawned the female anthems “Waterfalls,” “Red Light Special,” and “Creep” and collected a slew of Grammys and other awards that the world learned that the relationship between TLC and Pebbles was an irreparable wreckage and how the trio — Rozanda “Chilli” Thomas, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes — how they had to file for bankruptcy despite selling nearly 20 million albums with their first two LPs.
Twitter breathed fire in Perri “Pebbles” Reid’s because of the VH1 original movie “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story,” and it became an inferno before the film was even halfway over. Hostile sentiments were posted on social media, particularly Twitter, and they conjured up the most notorious music managers in recent history to get their point across:
Not everyone took TLC’s side. More than just some social media respondents asked what had to be what to be on a lot of people’s minds: where were the parents when the contracts were being signed — and why didn’t the girls press pause when Pebbles was obviously trying to rush them into signing the contracts?
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