Have You Heard About This? TLC Says They Were Blocked From Using Left Eye’s Image In ‘Waterfalls’ Remake

June 28, 2013  |  

T-Boz and Chilli are speaking out about their decision to use a Japanese pop star in the remake of TLC’s wildly successful hit ‘Waterfalls’.

For the 20th anniversary edition of ‘Waterfalls’ the group decided to use Japanese pop star Namie Amuro instead of Left Eye because they didn’t own the rights to using Left Eye’s rap or image and all their requests were denied flat out. The family of the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes was confused and hurt by the group’s decision to use anyone other than Left Eye in the remake but T-Boz and Chilli spoke with TMZ to set the record straight about the issue.

“We were forced to use a creative way to honor Lisa’s memory and celebrate this milestone with the fans.”

The now-duo also wanted to make it clear that they spoke with Lisa’s brother Rob Lopes before they ever released the new edition of the song stating,

“We have and always will protect our sister’s legacy as TLC consists of the three of us collectively … there will never be a replacement for Lisa or any members in TLC.”

‘Waterfalls’ is the 1995 legendary single from the group’s second album CrazyHotCool. The song resonated with fans across the country because of how it tackled issues of drug use/dealing and HIV in a way that was a wake up call to young people across the nation. TLC had always been a group that went against the grain by bringing to the forefront issues that others considered taboo including safe sex. Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes was known for replacing the left eye lens of her glasses with a condom to promote safe sex.

Do you think fans should be upset about Left Eye being replaced? Are you offended?

Listen to the remake on the next page. 

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  • I_am_a_Gladiator/Scandalista

    I don’t understand why they would do this to them? If they cant use her image then who the heck can? That is ridiculous. That was their sister and they just wanted to pay tribute to her. Must be them white people…

  • Lanesha Miller

    If you guys need a fact checker I’m available lol. You have really been dropping the ball lately.

  • Detroit

    And you lose major credibility for not knowing the title of TLC’s most popular album. Check you facts, then check them again.

  • yallaintright

    I love this song, it is more relevant now than it was when it was originally released. OAN, that’s how y’all gone pay tribute…wow. I was waiting for namie’s part to come on hoping that i would love it and wow…FAIL.

  • Thaalia

    Interesting mix, I love me some Amuro Namie! Cant wait.

  • Dannie

    I knew TLC was coming back but I had nooo idea that Namie Amuro was joining them, that’s really unexpected…I’m curious for the comeback, Left Eye will be missed but I don’t see it as her being replaced…I feel like had they changed the name of the band completely, that would have been insulting.

  • PleaseDOBetter

    If they tried to obtain rights to her image or voice and they were blocked, how can we fault them?

  • Mrsparker

    Just so y’all know, the album was titled CrazySexyCool, not CrazyHotCool.

    • realadulttalk

      Yeah, not sure how the heck you get that one wrong.

    • IllyPhilly

      Somebody said earlier, they might not even own the rights to call it what it is.

    • I_am_a_Gladiator/Scandalista

      That’s the second time Ive seen this smh