Lisa Lopes Family Hurt By ‘TLC’ Over ‘Waterfalls’ Remake

Published: Monday 24th Jun 2013 by David

The family of the late Rapper Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes have expressed their hurt at actions carried out by her former TLC bandmates this week.

Indeed, in their latest bid to capitalize on the group’s run at the top in the 90s, its remaining members T-Boz and Chilli have faced criticism from Lopes’ family, after her verse was removed from a remake of their 1995 single ‘Waterfalls’…to be replaced by that of another entertainer’s.

Full story below…

Released on May 29th 1995, ‘Waterfalls’ stands as the group’s biggest hit to date- certified Platinum for sales of over 1 million units and spending a seven weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100, following the release of their Babyface produced ‘Red Light Special‘.

Unfortunately, in trying to sustain the group’s finances, recent years have seen T-Boz and Chilli use the cut to do just that much to the dismay of their fans.

The first attempt, allowing Brit-Pop trio Stooshe to release their own version of the cut, which saw them serve a watered down and at times soulless take on the jam and release their own remake of the song featuring 35 year old Namie Amuro.

It’s this move, Lopes’ family say, that has hurt them the most in a statement given to Time Warner’s TMZ.

On the matter, Lisa’s sister Reigndrop Lopes explained:

“I did not know about it until a fan posted it online. I mean it would have been nice if they would have given us a head up before being surprised.” 

Going onto reveal that her mother was shocked and hurt by the decision to remove Lisa from the song, Reigndrop’s comments come before the release of the group’s bio-pic, overseen on a production tip by T-Boz and Chilli.

Quite interestingly, Left Eye was the only member in the group to contribute to writing ‘Waterfalls‘, which may see this remake prove anything but lucrative for her estate if she is not credited as one the remake’s writers.

As much as we respect the group, there’s no denying T-Boz and Chilli‘s plans to rebrand the group have gone from being admirable to- and forgive us for this- plan desperate.

Indeed, for the fans and family of Left Eye, that verse stands as a comforting reminder of her skill as a lyricist, but more importantly, the girl behind it.

Here’s hoping the ladies are little more thoughtful in the future.


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  1. Lovebird June 24, 2013

    TLC was amazing, they had some deep songs like unpretty, water falls and no scrub. They didn’t have to create nonsensical words about “Booty’s” by a dumb b**** and her back up singers ewwww. Plus TLC has a diamond album, same cannot be said about the other fooolish girl group which was used as a PR vehicle for a certain illiterate b****.

    TLC will forever be iconic.

    • Kim Kardashian Stan June 24, 2013

      Lol ur a mess you really can’t stand Beyonce

      • Lovebird June 24, 2013

        But I didn’t mention any names though 🙂

      • davidhanks June 24, 2013

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    • LOVE BIRD IS MAD June 24, 2013

      Clearly you are mad about Beyonce

      well DC sold more than them. Had more #1 albums. And Beyonce has something that none of them have, a solo career.

      Beyonce as a solo artist has sold more than TLC so why are you so mad?

      Say what you want about DC. They are legends and performed at the Super Bowl. Something TLC will never do. They are done. And now they are trying to replace the great Lisa. SMH

      • Lovebird June 24, 2013

        But did I mention Beyonce though? Is DC the only girl group that ever existed? You queens in the hive are so insecure, you need to get over yourselves and your fav.

      • DevonB21 June 24, 2013

        First Off I’m A Fan Of Both DC & TLC. Let’s Get This CLEAR TLC Has Sold More Than 23 Million Albums And 6.5 Million Singles In The United States Alone And Worldwide They Have Sold More Than 65 Million Records And They Are Ranked As The Second Best Selling Female Group Of All Time, And The Best Selling Female R&B Group Of All Time. Destiny’s Child Has Sold 60 Million Records And All Have Success In their Solo Careers And For TLC We Know They Are Better Together Than Apart. Lastly, You Can Watch Countless Interviews On YouTube That T-Boz & Chilli CLEARLY SAY We Will Never Replace Left Eye. KNOW YOUR FACTS BEFORE YOU TRY TO READ A LEGENDARY GROUP. P.S. TLC WAS AN INSPIRATION FOR DESTINY’S CHILD!

    • Bey Fan June 24, 2013

      “TLC was amazing, they had some deep songs like unpretty, water falls and no scrub. ”

      Never knew “No Scrubs” was a deep song….

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  2. DanYiel Teflon June 24, 2013

    I was Told if ya have nothing nice to say keep it SILENT!!
    ~ I never really liked a certain member of the groups tone so it wouldn’t be missed in my ear..

  3. Don’t_Start_No_Shit!!! June 24, 2013

    Those ladies have bills and music is there main source of income.

  4. SUPER TURNT UP June 24, 2013


  5. Ccfan007 June 24, 2013

    Tlc is more legendary than destiny child #fact

  6. Tisha June 24, 2013

    Smh, wonder how broke you have to be to spit in your dead friend’s face like that.

    Funny how you remove Lisa from the song but I bet you don’t have the guts to remove her from the group name, because nobody would give a damn about lame-ass T-C group consisting of 1 and a half singers way past their prime. Shame on you both.

    • Savannah June 24, 2013

      If you READ the article you would’ve known that it wasn’t TLC who released it 😆

  7. Anne June 24, 2013

    I know they have bills but this is a desperate and disrespectful move. They may make a little money but will probably suffer such backlash that it won’t be worth it. God forbid they get a regular job and stop trying to capatilize off of a group that unfortunately died with Lisa. There is no replacing her period. Trying to do so only makes them look bad and it will not garner them enough money to sustain as a group so they may as well save themselves the embarrassment and criticism and let it go.

  8. Anne June 24, 2013

    No use in comparing TLC to DC because TLC did not contain even 1 strong/real vocalist. They were a different kind of group.

  9. Anne June 24, 2013

    TLC has done everything already they are trendsetters .. That’s why they are iconic… Every group and solo artist today got some style from them… TLC has been around longer and I’m sure destiny child pays a lot of reapect for them so why don’t everyone stop acting like a groupie or like you are in the group yourself and give respect where respect is due TLCARMY%!!##

  10. TruthSpeaker June 24, 2013

    Why are they so hurt? The remake was TERRIBLE and for obvious reason- Left-Eye’s missing voice. They didn’t even have to put out a statement. If TMZ asked, they should just laugh it off and say- “thats a remake? lol, yea right”….

  11. Dont Come For TLC June 24, 2013

    Get your facts straight. First of all Worldwide The Spice girls are the best selling girl group of all time. Then DC then TLC. Beyonce as a solo artist has only sold at the most 30 million ALBUMS world wide and tlc did 15-20 million more than that. ALSO TLC remains the best selling girl group and girl r&b group in the united states and the ONLY girl group EVER to receive a diamond award by the riaa. Don’t come for TLC. You, Samantha, Patricia, and all the other queens that work for this site need to remain seated.

    • TruthSpeaker June 24, 2013

      I’ll grab them some chairs… lololol

  12. dev June 24, 2013

    Why was my comment deleted?

  13. tera June 24, 2013

    i no they arent mad to do that i wanna get the truth who release this song or put this water down gravy phony ass dead log chiny slug on the song she cant rap to save her life much less to bring back left eye fr the dead

  14. tLC is Forever! June 24, 2013

    my comment was also deleted along with a photo of raindrop and T Boz together at the japanese MTV awards just to nights ago, showing that this story is b*******!

  15. The real xoxo June 24, 2013

    Left eye abandoned TLC years before she died. I don’t see the problem

  16. Rihanna # 1 Fan T June 24, 2013

    that is disrespectful , how you got that Asian chick trying to rap she aint even rapping she whispering!

    open your mouth !

    • we love Nicki Minaj June 24, 2013

      How can you have a black girl singing pop music..?

      • TruthSpeaker June 24, 2013

        You Paula Deen stans need to calm the eff down with your racism… How you got a blonde black chick that speaks ebonics trying to be the queen of pop? Call your girls Beyonka & Snicki and tell them to stop breaking the race molds!

    • Rihanna # 1 Fan T June 24, 2013

      i say what i want deal with it

      thanks have a blessed day :-*

  17. boonie June 24, 2013

    Lmao. THis version of Waterfalls is a tribute on the Japan TLC20 edition that was released last week in Japan.. not a replacement People who bought the CD in Japan knows that.. and Lisa’s Live vocal are featured on it as well..A lot of TLC fans know about the political part T&C are dealing with about Sony records. I’m not gonna get into that topic but it’s part of the reason T&C had to rerecord they’re Hits. Y’all believe anything TMZ says ..smdh Lisa’s sister & mom we’re just in Japan with T-boz & Chilli while they we’re accepting Vmaj’s Legend Award.. so wth did TMZ really talk to??? nobody but like Lisa said Bad Press is still Good Press as well.. Let them keep making up stories.))

  18. Bey Fan June 24, 2013

    Why are we comparing DC and TLC??? Smh… DC were much better vocalist, but TLC were more innovative. Both groups are great.

    Everything doesn’t have to be a competition

  19. eric June 24, 2013

    They’re trying to lessen the significance of Lisa’s presence by making the fans feel like anyone can rap or sing Lisa’s part. They’re underestimating the number of people who identify with Lisa’s personality more than anything, and that’s just not something they can replace. It’s understandable that Chilli and T-Boz want to continue their career as TLC, but watering down Lisa’s involvement to accomplish that is hurtful when people consider Lisa to have been very special and an integral part of TLC.

    • DOSSOME June 24, 2013

      Read @BOONIE’s comment & stop commenting out of ignorance…

      • eric June 24, 2013

        @DOSSOME “Waterfalls” was released on at least 3 different compilation albums in Japan since 2003. It only now features a rerecorded vocal because TLC has proved to have a sustainable audience overseas and TPTB feel that the group needs a 3rd person. The re-recording is only a test. TLC attempted this with “R U That Girl?” in the U.S., but people didn’t buy into the idea and the show didn’t follow through on what it promised the girl who won the right to become Lisa’s replacement. It appears you were “ignorant” of this information before you posted. Do your homework next time.

  20. Back2J June 24, 2013

    I don’t believe this…. T Boz posted up a photo on Facebook of Reigndrop Lopes with T Boz at MTV Japan’s Video Music Awards on Saturday where they performed a melody of their hits & was given the Achieve Award as well. Secondly, there is another version of ‘Waterfalls’ that had Left Eye’s rap removed when the song came out so that’s they’re version T Boz & Chilli re-recorded the vocals for 7 tracks, including Waterfalls’ for their 20th Anniversary Hits cd that was released in Japan on June 19. Besides that version with Namie Amuro was released only in Japan & will not be included on the USA edition of the album. There was also a no rap version released of ‘What About Your Friends’ too. Again, I don’t believe this story.

  21. Sterling Infinity #SexDrone June 24, 2013

    just here to say R.I.P Ms Lopez… And U can’t please everybody…

  22. Edgy_Foever June 24, 2013

    Comparing TLC to DC is like comparing the Supremes to En vogue. TLC were trendsetters and changed the game for girl groups after. Plus they lasted longer on Top.

  23. Christina Atteridge June 24, 2013

    Lisa’s rap is better.

  24. Mark111 June 24, 2013

    Lisa’s rap on that song is pretty iconic, so I don’t understand the replacement or the revamp. I guess cause they released a 20th anniversary album in Japan, but this would’ve been bettter to just release new music. With that said, clearly Left Eye was the creative force behind the group, she even single handed made another TLC with Blaque. Btw, DC didn’t sell more then tlc, sorry bey holes. Last I checked, DC sold 40 mil while tlc sold 45. You Bey stans try to come at anybody, and this is why most don’t like Bey, mainly cause of y’all.

  25. LE✪N (@supernovalee) June 25, 2013

    It’s a nice tribute. No biggie. Don’t believe the hype. Lisa’s family are fine.

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