Well, this just made my day. Props to German DJ Yum Yum for creating this wicked mashup. It’s my everything right now.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis probably have very little in common with girl group TLC, but their hits songs blend so perfectly together. Thematically, they sorta complement each other. You just know all those “Scrubs” hanging out the passenger side of their best friend’s ride are sporting their “Thrift Shop” finest. Check out this awesome 90s meets 2013 concoction. It’s a perfect way to kick off the weekend.
As an added bonus, I’ve included a brand new image from VH1′s upcoming TLC biopic, Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story. It shows Keke Palmer, Lil Mama and Drew Sidora as the iconic 90s girl group. The trio do a pretty good job of channeling them, especially Sidora as T-Boz. I literally had to do a double take. Check it out below.
Whoever came up with the brilliant idea to film three different music videos for “Creep,” deserves a medal. Clearly, TLC’s team weren’t feeling anyone of them until the right one came along. After checking out one of the previously unreleased versions, I definitely agree they went with the right direction. I’m not sure why it’s leaked online almost 20 years after the original. That said, I’m a huge TLC fan, so I appreciate it.
In the alternate version, directed by Lionel C Martin, gone are those iconic over-sized silk pajamas. BLASPHEMY!!! Instead, T-Boz, Left Eye and Chilli sport regular pedestrian wear while romancing their men and dancing in the street with hydraulic cars surrounding them. I can see why the label didn’t go this route. This image was too similar to their look from their debut album, Ooooooohhh…. On the TLC Tip. The silk pajama version showed a more mature side yet still had some urban edge. And it also featured a hot trumpet player played by Omar Lopez- one of Janet Jackson’s concert dancers. Check out both versions below.
The cast of VH1′s upcoming TLC biopic is finally set. Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story will chronicle the girl group’s humble beginnings in Atlanta to their meteoric rise as one of the world’s highest-selling female groups of all time. Through very public and high profile success, turmoil and tragedy, TLC left an indelible stamp of female empowerment that changed the face of the music industry forever.
“TLC were truly music pioneers and this movie is a fantastic way to expand our scripted push by combining our audience’s passion for music with their love of story. We know our viewers will be eager to go beyond the headlines and into the surprisingly personal, never before told stories of these groundbreaking women,” – Jeff Olde, Executive Vice President, Original Programming and Production.
Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins have signed on as consultants and executive producers for the full-length TV movie. Charles Stone III (Drumline, Paid in Full, Mr. 3000) is set to direct the biopic, which is penned by screenwriter Kate Lanier (What’s Love Got To Do With It, Set it Off, Beauty Shop). Crazy, Sexy Cool: The TLC Story is slated to begin shooting next month in Atlanta. Check out the ladies tapped to portray the 90s superstars below.
2013 is shaping up to be the year of the comeback. First, Destiny’s Child released a brand new track titled “Nuclear” to perform at their reunion at this year’s Super Bowl. Then Justin Timberlake dropped “Suit and Tie“, his first single since 2007. Side note: It jumped 80 spots on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart this week to No. 4. Congrats JT. Just yesterday, Boyz II Men announced they were touring with New Kids on the Block and 98 Degrees for a boy band super tour. Now, it’s only fitting the best-selling girl group of the 1990s returns to the fold.
The two surviving members of TLC are getting back together for a new single to celebrate Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes’ life and the 20th anniversary of the group. Until that reunion track drops, we have a solo effort by T-Boz to tide us over. If watched T-Boz’s four episode reality show, Totally T-Boz, you saw her juggle motherhood, her health and her career.
The 42-year-old R&B singer just dropped her brand new single, “Champion.” The inspirational track hopes to uplift spirits of those who have fallen on hard times. Dealing with sickle cell herself, proceeds of the track will be donated to sickle cell and leukemia research. Check out the solid effort by T-Boz below. It’s has definite potential.
Did you miss Glee during its winter hiatus? If yes, you’re obviously ecstatic that the FOX musical show returns this Thursday with its first brand new episode of 2013. Personally, I wish they’d skip this week’s scheduled episode, titled “Sadie Hawkins,” and jump to next week’s “Naked” where the McKinley High guys pose for a calendar. Admit it, you’re looking forward to that one too ;)
To ring in the new year, Ryan Murphy makes it all about girl power. The Sadie Hawkins dance is here and it’s ladies’ choice. Which guy will each girl ask out? The episode promises a couple of unusual matches. Lauren Zizes (Ashley Fink) returns and she chooses Joe (Sam Larsen) as her date. Spoiler alert: Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) develops a crush on Blaine (Darren Criss) who in turns starts crushing on Sam (Chord Overstreet). Remember when Kurt had a crush on Sam back in Season 2? This bizarre love triangle should provide for a couple of laughs.
Over at NYADA we meet Kurt’s (Chris Colfer) potential new love interest, Adam played by Oliver Kieran Jones. He’ll make his performance debut by covering Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby, Got Back“. Speaking of the rap classic, there’s been a bit of controversy surrounding Glee’s cover. A person named Jonathan Coulton claims that the show copied his cover version of the track. You can read all about it here. Other songs covered on the “Sadie Hawkins” episode include TLC’s smash “Creep” and Bruno Mars’ current hit “Locked Out of Heaven“. Listen to all the songs featured in this week’s episode below. Be sure to let me know which performance is your favorite in our comments section below.
Did you watch the premiere of Tionne Watkins aka T-Boz’s new reality show the other day on TLC? If you didn’t, here’s a brief rundown. Totally T-Boz is a four-part series chronicling her attempted comeback and her plans to reinvent herself. The 42-year-old R&B singer discusses her life since the death of TLC member Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes which includes a divorce, raising her 12-year-old daughter Chase, a brain tumor which robbed her of her speech, sight and hearing, along with her ongoing battle with Sickle Cell. Girl has had it rough since TLC was in its hey day chasing “Waterfalls.”
As an aside, how is it possible that both T-Boz and Chilli haven’t been able to realize solo albums since Left Eye’s death? Yet the deceased singer has a couple to her credit, including one posthumous one. Given that the series is only four episodes long, I don’t think this comeback will amount to much. It breaks my heart a little because I was such a huge fan of hers, Left Eye and Chilli.
Perhaps, it’s the effects of the brain tumor or another ailment, but Watkins seems a little off on the show. Either that, or the network encouraged her to act a little cray. At times I thought I was watching an older African-American version of Honey Boo Boo. This wasn’t more evident than during her meeting with producer Bangladesh. Just watch the video below as Bangladesh tries to figure out if T-Boz is really serious with her career. Apparently, he’s been burned by her before. Check out the clip below.
Pitting ABC comedy Boy Meets World to R&B trio TLC is as odd as comparing the proverbial apple to orange, but both reached pop culture heights in the 1990s and that’s good enough for me ;) Plus, both are making comebacks in the near future.
Social media went crazy yesterday when it was revealed Disney was planning a sequel to the popular 90s TGIF sitcom. Switching things up, the new show will be called Girl Meets World and revolve around a 13-year-old girl named Riley Matthews. With the show focusing on a new character, does this mean beloved characters from the past won’t be included? Wrong. Cory (Ben Savage) and Topanga (Danielle Fishel) are coming back and have a 14-year-old son. As fate would have it, Cory is now a grade seven history teacher, specifically Riley’s. Cory is the new Mr. Feeny.
This truly is heartbreaking news. Anyone who grew up in the 90s will definitely remember Blaque. They were the R&B girl group discovered by TLC’s Left Eye. As fate would have it, the “Left Eye” of the group, Natina Reed, died after being struck by a car on a state highway just north of the Atlanta suburb of Lilburn late Friday night. Sadly, the 32-year-old singer was just two days shy of her 33rd birthday. As you recall, Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes was killed in a car crash in La Ceiba, Honduras in 2002. Reed is survived by her 10-year-old son, Tren Brown, with rapper Kurupt.
Blaque which was an acronym for Believing, Life, Achieving, Quest, Unity, Everything, scored a couple of hits during the late 90s, most notably “808” and “Bring It All To Me” which both landed in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100. The latter even featured ‘N Sync’s JC Chasez on a remix. Beyond their recording career, the trio also dabbled in movies. They starred alongside Gabrielle Union as the Toros’ rival group the Clovers in the cult cheerleading Kristen Dunst film, Bring It On. Blaque also made a brief cameo in Honey starring Jessica Alba.
The girls were staging a comeback but sadly with Reed’s death, the original lineup will never be. Check out a few of my favorite songs from the group below. Be sure to check out the “808” remix. That was my jam back in the day.