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TLC blocked from using bandmate’s vocals

Photo credit: Steed Media/ TLC

TLC was blocked from using late bandmate Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes’ raps on their album by her family.

The group’s remaining members, Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas and Tionne ‘T-Boz’ Watkins, wanted to pay homage to Lopes, who tragically died in a car crash in 2002, by using her voice on their final album TLC, but where left stunned when Lopes’ estate said the group could not use the recordings the star left behind without paying.

They were forced to just use a snippet of an interview with Lopes.

Chilli revealed, “She does have some other raps her family are holding hostage; they won’t let us use them unless we pay money; it’s just crazy. The other music she was doing before she passed away was more of a poetic vibe. When we finished the 3D album, we got all the stuff we could possibly get that would match what we were talking about at that time and used it. We couldn’t use anything else because it didn’t match. So we used that interview (sound bite) on the interlude; it’s the essence of Lisa.”

Despite the knock-back, TLC was determined to share a worthy tribute.

Chilli added to, “It is what it is. It doesn’t stop us from making sure we honour our sister.”

The “No Scrubs” hitmaker recently said she knows Lisa would be proud of how they are carrying on her memory.

Speaking about how they’ve become comfortable as a duo, she said, “It has been a long time since we lost Lisa and we’ve continued to tour so we’ve have gotten used to the two of us … Today we know she would be so happy with what we are doing and making sure her legacy lives on.”


  1. britishrose on July 6, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    tlc has a shelf life and that is nearing . they getting to old to act 22 , and their fans are 55 now come on now .. lisa lopez died in her time to go . we all got a time . everybody dont want to grow old . old people get no respect and are looked on as washed up and has beens , expecially in the celebrity world , rarely do they get roles and credit . tlc is doing a great job at keeping relevant but im afraid they are reaching to far . new sons is great , but these new kids dont know notihing about women empowerment the bases of tlc music, they sanged about protecting your body . and loving yourself . its not even in the line of what keesha , lady gaga , and grandy sing about , and rappers are worst , that era of music is gone . and if they let b oys to men come back tlc would be welcome back too . i love their music still but im living in the pass too lol

    • CaMa on July 6, 2017 at 9:18 pm

      You’re stupid and ignorant. An artist can keep on making music as long as they want to. TLC’s fans range from newborn to 65+. Don’t try to put them in a box. Music has nothing to do with age. Music is universal. You sound real dumb. Your opinion has a shelf life and it’s over.

      • Likewaterforchoc on July 7, 2017 at 11:33 am

        Chile, this broad will write a whole damn dissertation of misinformation. I believe she makes it up as she goes along. She speaks on things she really has no knowledge of and posts her fantasy as fact.