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