TLC Opens Next Chapter, New Album With Drake, J. Cole And Ne-Yo
It’s been over two decades since TLC‘s 1992 debut CrazySexyCool put the world onto the “TLC tip.” Now, the group’s two surviving members, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, will be hitting the stage, screen, and the shelves with a new album that includes features from today’s top talents.
Chilli calls the new activity surrounding TLC a “start of another chapter” for the group.
“We’re still in creative mode right now,” Chilli said in an interview with Rolling Stone. “That’s why I cannot sleep at night, because my brain will not turn off.”
T-Boz and Chilli will be showing off their moves at Mixtape Festival this summer. While they ready the TLC biopic on Vh1 this fall, they are collaborating with modern day chart-toppers Ne-Yo, Drake and J. Cole for their new material.
Longtime TLC producer Dallas Austin is lending a hand with the tracks. TLC said they had no problem securing featured artists for their first since 2002′s 3D.
“Everybody has shown us love,” Watkins said. “Not one person has said ‘No,’ and that’s amazing. So we’re just going to go in and demo and demo and figure it out.”
Original group member Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes died in a car accident in Honduras in 2002, but T-Boz and Chilli intend to honor her in their upcoming projects, specifically with projected images of the late singer backing up their Mixtape performance.
“It’ll be bittersweet because she’s not there, but she’s still there,” Watkins said. “[Audiences] are left with a good feeling, because you see all three of us rock out together.”
Chilli Tweeted her excitement for the reunion show on Tuesday (April 30), with plenty of Tweets pouring in from fans who can’t wait to get their hands on tickets.
Y’all comin to the show in PA riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight????
— Chilli (@officialchilli) April 30, 2013
For fans who can’t make it out to see them live, the Vh1 biopic is set to hit the small screen later this year.
“It’s gonna be juicy…good juicy!” Chilli told Billboard. “It’s totally about the three of us and all the trials and tribulations that we’ve gone through and all the way up to where we are today.”
With more info to come on TLC’s upcoming full-length, pre-sales for Mixtape Festival tickets kick off Friday (May 3), and will be hitting Hershey, Pa. July 26th and 27th.
- Nee-Sa Lossing, Radio.com