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.
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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.