Friday, June 28, 2013

Chilli & T-Boz Respond to Left Eye's family Why She is Not on "Waterfalls" Remake

Any TLC fan knows that TLC will always and forever be made up of T-Boz, Chilli, and the late Left Eye. Chilli and T-Boz continue to make that known. Well, we learned earlier this week that the late rapper Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes- though absolutely the third piece to the puzzle, is not on the remake of the infamous group's hit Waterfalls. Left Eye's verse on that record was something special, as were all of her verses. So,why would they not use her vocals on the 20th Anniversary remake? Why would they dare to use someone else?

According to Left Eye's sister Reigndrop she nor her family had any knowledge of the women using someone else for Lisa's part. She was made aware of this online and felt like her family should've known before the record was made public. According to T-Boz, their management reached out to Left Eye's brother in advance to let him know about the remake. My hopeful conclusion is that Reigndrop just doesn't know what's going on, because if she did she wouldn't have spoken to TMZ.  The ladies did not just choose to exclude Left Eye from this historical moment. They didn't use her vocals because- they can't.

T-Boz and Chilli have been denied the rights to Left Eye's vocals. Without that right they don't have access to the soundbites and therefore they had to find another way to remake the classic record. In an effort to still give fans a treat, they decided to have Japanese artist Namie Amuro rap a verse in Left Eye's honor. According to Chilli, Left Eye not only met Namie before she passed away, but she'd approve of them choosing her to cover the rap portion of the song. Namie is a pop artist out of Japan, and a huge TLC fan herself. It makes sense that they'd use her. Chilli and T-Boz both are still adamant that she is not a replacement!

Sometimes people speak or move out of emotion, this is a dangerous practice. In this case it appears that Left Eye's family just felt slighted and spoke too soon. It's my understanding that T-Boz and Chilli have attempted to obtain the rights to use Left Eye's vocals before, but they've been denied. So, they did what they had to do to move forward. I'd hate to think that a legacy such as theirs is under scrutiny over such a basic misunderstanding. I hope fans will see this as what it really is- a legal issue- and not T-Boz & Chilli turning on Left Eye's legacy. I don't believe they'd ever do that.

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