It’s hard to believe that 14 years have flown by in the blink of an eye. Today, April 25th marks the day Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, one-third of the U.S. best-selling female group of all time TLC, died tragically after a car accident in Honduras.
Left Eye served as a member of the Atlanta-based trio which burst onto the scene in 1992 with their unique blend of R&B, funk and rap coupled with colorful in-your-face street smart gear and a message for young women that they embraced before there was a BlackGirlsRock movement. The young girls ultimately churned out hit after hit at radio from their debut album Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip featuring singles “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg” and “What About Your Friends.”
Left Eye’s creative energy, lyrical prowess and musicianship continued to shine even brighter with band mates T-Boz and Chilli on their sophomore release CrazySexyCool in 1994. That album still remains the only album by a female singing in history to receive diamond certification from the Recording Industry Association of America.
CrazySexyCool, titled by Left Eye to highlight the three personality traits of her band mates and also the completion of what a woman of their time would be, catapulted up the charts with songs like “Creep” and the group’s biggest hit “Waterfalls.”