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Hip-hop is still a young artform, which means there is still a long way to go when it comes to giving respect where it is due. The women of hip-hop on the mic, in the studio, writing bars and battle rapping often don’t get the respect and recognition they deserve, so we decided to spotlight 15 women who’ve contributed to hip-hop in big ways.
Yo-Yo did her thing in the ’90s when she was featured on Ice Cube’s AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted album for “It’s a Man’s World.” Her debut album Make Way for the Motherlode in 1990 gained popularity with the single “You Can’t Play with My Yo-Yo.” Although she didn’t receive mainstream success she continued to release albums that were authentic and true hip-hop. In 1992 she released her second album, Black Pearl that had a positive message which clashed with the current sound of gangsta rap. She went on to release three other albums and her single ”Can’t Play With My Yo-Yo” was ranked number 92 on VH1′s 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs.
Pebbles Refutes Allegations She’s Suing Left Eye’s Estate: ‘I Ask That We Give Her Soul Rest And Peace’
A few days after the debut of VH1′s TLC biopic, an awful rumor began circulating that the group’s former manager, Perri “Pebbles” Reid, is suing late rapper Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes for money that was allegedly owed to her at the time of Lisa’s death. It’s unclear exactly where the rumors started, but Pebbles recently issued a statement denying the rumors via her Twitter page.
— Pebbles (@pebbles2day) November 1, 2013
“In love memory of the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes—my heart grieves that she’s been pulled into a situation that she is unable to defend,” the statement begins.
” I ask that we give her soul rest and peace. In regards to this entire situation, I have the deepest respect for her and her family,” she continues.
The former music industry exec., who has been accused multiple times of financially taking advantage of TLC, went on to deny rumors that she’s suing Left Eye.
“The rumors circulating that I am currently suing the estate of the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes. This is FALSE. The rumors are fictitious and fallacious. I want to express my sincere appreciation to you and solicit your continued prayers,” she finally concludes.
We have to admit, this was a pretty icky rumor.
Left Eye’s Sister Says She Couldn’t Walk Red Carpet At TLC Premiere, Should’ve Been Included In Biopic
It’s no secret Left Eye’s sister Reigndrop isn’t too fond of Chilli, T-Boz, or VH1 as a whole right now. The outspoken member of the Lopes family has been rather vocal about not being included in discussions about the TLC Biopic which aired Monday night, but when she came into our office she said the exclusion went even further. Reigndrop definitely feels some type of way about the fact that Lisa’s family was the only family not shown in the biopic and she said some of the creative liberties the producers took with Lisa’s story line — like why she put tape over her mouth in the “Creep” video were just plain inaccurate. When it comes to logistics, Reigndrop said she wasn’t even allowed to walk the red carpet at the movie premiere in New York or invited on set to watch the taping of the film in Atlanta.
Reigndrop also explained the drama over the “Waterfalls” remake — and why most of the information put out is false– whether she speaks to Chilli or T-Boz to this day, and, surprisingly, she shouts out Lil Mama for doing a great job portraying Lisa. Check out everything Left Eye’s sister had to say in the video below. What do you think about her side of the story?
If you have a moment, can we all just stand up and give Lil Mama a slow clap for her work in CrazyS*xyCool: The TLC Story?
Okay, so maybe you don’t need to do all that, but I think we can agree that the “Lip Gloss” rapper did a pretty great job, especially the folks on Twitter who praised her work. This is all amazing considering that just a few months ago, people were up in arms and even a little evil about the pint-sized rapper being chosen to play the most colorful member of TLC. Must I remind you of the responses?
So the girl who jumps on stage with Jay Z, and I never seen act, and who only song I can remember is that damn lip gloss popping song. gets to play Left Eye one of my favorite artist *dead* This is beyond a hot mess, and sorry but she looks more like bow wow deranged cousin then left eye
I’m going to say….She’s not cute enough, nor talented enough to play left eye…
is it me OR do these biopics never do the artist justice…i like lil mama but there are so many actresses out here that look and act like left eye….
i need to stop drinking. i’m seeing things that can’t possibly be real and possible…like lil mama playing left eye.
Yeah, things turned pretty ugly. But after Lil Mama’s performance in the biopic, which was understated and allowed Lisa’s quirky personality, and emotional pain, to shine through, I think all the naysayers had a change of heart. All I could think of when I saw the praise of the women, who were all panned in the very beginning when they were picked, was how quick we often are to hate on a project, especially the people who get cast in biopics, before we even get a glimpse at one trailer. Because someone doesn’t necessarily look like the dead ringer for a beloved figure, too many people are more than ready to get a petition together on Change.org, or make the firm decision that they won’t support a project, based off of assumptions.
T-Boz said it best: there is always makeup; there are always wigs. And if one studies an individual and their mannerisms hard enough, the viewer just might be able to forget that the actor doesn’t look anything like the real person. People hated on Denzel Washington hard when he got the role of Malcolm X, but to this day, nobody’s done the civil rights icon better. Cate Blanchett didn’t look anything like Bob Dylan, and she’s a woman, but she still killed it in the 2007 biopic, I’m Not There. And folks weren’t too pleased back in the day when Diana Ross was picked by her boo Berry Gordy to play Billie Holiday in Lady Sings The Blues, but she gave an Academy Award-nominated performance. All of these individuals did. So when I think about the shade that gets thrown so viciously at people these days when they’re picked for biopics or to be beloved characters, I don’t get it. It’s one thing to be skeptical, that’s fine, but when the criticism becomes cruel, that’s a whole other thing. And now, when I think about the disappointed responses of people to Zoe Saldana playing Nina Simone (though the makeup to darken her skin, they can do without), Idris Elba for Nelson Mandela, Jamie Foxx reportedly playing Martin Luther King, Jr., and Chadwick Boseman as James Brown, I can’t help but think that we’re all going to be kicking ourselves once these movies are actually released.
Even the hilarious Kid Fury, known for reading folks like no other, had to apologize to Lil Mama on his Twitter after he saw the movie. Why? Because he went all the way in on her when she was announced to play Left Eye early in the year.
I am actually really pleased with the way this film turned out. I was prepared to be pissed off.
So, listen…sorry. @LilMama
Lil Mama did a fantastic job. She was a better actor than most of the actual actors.
So I’m sorry for saying that you and Bow Wow are the same person. You slayed and I’m happy for you. @LilMama
As I also applaud Lil Mama (though I don’t agree with the Bow Wow look-a-like statement) and continue my marathon of watching TLC videos, I just hope that we can learn from this situation and give folks a chance before we dog them out for movie producers seeing the potential in them to portray the greats. You and I, as well as Ray Ray and Pumpkin sitting on the computer down the street, have never made a film, nor cast for one. With that said, it’s best that we let the professionals do their job, and give a movie a chance before we start hating so that we can avoid having to put our foot in our mouths…again.
From Hello Beautiful
Long before Beyonce was the superstar we know today, she was the lead singer of Destiny’s Child and the opening act for one of the best-selling female groups of all time, TLC.
T-Boz, Left Eye and Chili invited the Houston-based girl group to perform on their 1999 world tour, and Beyonce said that was one of the best moments of her life.
In an interview with The Grio to promote their new VH1 biopic, the ladies of TLC recalled the day Beyonce personally thanked them for, what she described as, a life-changing experience.
“We were backstage [before a 2011 performance on “American Idol”} and she walked up to us and was thanking us, and we had never heard that from her before and it was really nice,” Chilli said.
“Her exact words were: ‘Thank you so much, those were some of the best times of my life,” T-Boz added. “Thank you for letting us open up for y’all because that was the best time… one of the best times of my life.’”
“That was so sweet,” Chili said before T-Boz chimed back in: “That was amazing!”
Read more at HelloBeautiful.com
Last night VH1 aired the much anticipated TLC Biopic Crazy S*xy Cool and from the looks of the conversations on Twitter and Facebook, fans were pleased with the final project. Watching the movie, which starred Keke Palmer as Chilli, Drew Sidora as T-Boz, and Lil Mama as Left Eye, was at times eerie due to the resemblance the actresses have to the real group members — particularly Lil Mama. But even though the TV project explained many lingering questions about the biggest girl group of the ’90s, like how exactly they went broke, we still have a few lingering questions based on last night’s story.
Before Rihanna was known for singing “ella, ella, a, a” Britney Spears was supposed to sing “Umbrella.” And before Britney Spears became a pop legend when she stepped on the scene with “…Baby One More Time,” T-Boz, Left Eye and Chilli were supposed to make that track a hit. The Max Martin and Rami Yacoub written and co-produced song was meant for TLC’s Fan Mail album, because the writers thought it fit the trio’s style. Unfortunately, the ladies turned it down. Why? According to the group, it just didn’t fit their sound. Here’s what T-Boz said when speaking to MTV:
“I was like, I like the song but do I think it’s a hit? Do I think it’s TLC? I’m not saying ‘hit me baby’. No disrespect to Britney. It’s good for her. But was I going to say ‘hit me baby one more time’? Hell no! That’s not even my subject of conversation, so you know, it worked for her, I’m happy for her, I like Britney. Every song isn’t good for each artist, and when you’re a real artist you know what you believe in and what you really want to sing. So, I’m clear that it was a hit, but I’m also clear that it wasn’t for TLC.”
Chilli also agreed that the three women just felt like it wasn’t for them when speaking today on Access Hollywood Live:
“We did as a group. We thought the song was great, but we couldn’t hear our voices on the song. I don’t feel bad about the past because it was a total hit for her.”
Interesting. On Access Hollywood Live, host Billy Bush told the ladies he probably would have liked the song better if they had actually performed it. But could you hear T-Boz’s voice on this track talking about, “My loneliness is killing me…when I’m not with you I lose my mind/give me a sign“? Considering the group’s many other girl anthems and sexually confident tracks (aside from maybe “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg”), I can’t see it. But what do you think?
When it comes to the negativity surrounding their upcoming biopic, “Crazy, S*xy, Cool: The TLC Story,” TLC just doesn’t care. How do we know? Because that’s literally the response T-Boz and Chilli gave when they stopped by our office to chat with us a little over a week ago.
We asked the ladies about everything from people criticizing Lil Mama to Left Eye’s sister Reigndrop coming for them after they remade “Waterfalls” with Japanese pop star Namie Amuro and the resounding response to all of the unexpected drama was, “ain’t nobody got time for that.” We also chatted with T-Boz and Chilli about their love lives, how they managed to sell records without selling sex, and why they think girl bands have fallen off the map and they had a ton to say about all of the above. Check out the video up top and tell us what you think. Will you be watching ”Crazy, S*xy, Cool: The TLC Story” tonight?
Homes Are Set Ablaze, Folks Get Pregnant, Money Gets Funny: Final Trailer For “CrazyS*xyCool: The TLC Story”
There have been quite a few trailers for the highly anticipated TLC TV movie, CrazyS*xyCool: The TLC Story, and most have been pretty straightforward and to the point. But the final trailer that has just been released gives you a better look into what to expect from the movie, and the drama these ladies had to deal with as a group and as women on their own. We see Left Eye (played by Lil Mama) meeting Andre Rison, fighting with women he cheated with, burning up a tub full of shoes, getting arrested, and finally finding solace in Honduras. Chilli struggles with trying to convince producer Dallas Austin to let her keep their unborn son, and T-Boz battles issues with her health early on. As a group, they also deal with folks stealing their money and deceiving them. Forget what you see on reality TV, that’s REAL drama.
The more I see these young women (Drew Sidora, Keke Palmer, and Lil Mama) in character, the more I think this TV movie is going to be good! And according to Rozonda ”Chilli” Thomas and Tionne ”T-Boz” Watkins, who we interviewed for the site (video coming Monday!), it really is a must-see. Will you tune in? Check out the final trailer to the TV movie, which premieres next Monday on October 21 at 9 p.m.
TLC has spent the past several months getting back into the groove, and now T-Boz and Chilli are prepping new music and a greatest-hits album.
A new song titled “Meant To Be,” written by Ne-Yo, will accompany the greatest-hits compilation, which is slated to hit stores Oct. 15. The fresh track will play a part in theforthcoming TLC biopic that premieres Oct. 21 on VH1.
“20,” the new album, marks the group’s second international greatest-hits project. “Now and Forever: The Hits” was released in 2003, slightly more than a year after Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes’ untimely death. A second compilation, “Crazy Hot Hits: The Very Best of TLC,” arrived in 2007 but was only released in the U.K.
The tracklist for “20″ is similar to that for “Now and Forever,” except perhaps more discerning. “20″ boasts 13 previous hits, plus “Meant To Be,” whereas “Forever” comprised a total of 20 tracks. An Epic Records press release from July indicated the new album would feature four fresh songs, but the tracklist unveiled this week only includes one.
Read more at BlackVoices.com