TLC burst onto the scene in the early 1990s with chart-topping songs like “Waterfalls” and “No Scrubs” that pushed boundaries and spoke to the social issues of the day. The trio sold more than 85 million records and scored four Grammy awards. Now, the story of Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, 53, Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, 52, and Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, who died tragically in a 2002 car crash, is chronicled in the Lifetime documentary TLC Forever. And T-Boz and Chilli are once again taking to the stage on a summer concert tour across the U.S. and Canada.
You share some intimate career and personal moments in this documentary. What was it like to relive those?
Chilli: It was so much fun and brought back a lot of memories. It was warm and fuzzy. We had the heartstring moments. Some of the stuff I totally had forgotten about. It was really nice to see all of that and to see us having so much fun, because we were pranksters. I mean, we still are, but we don’t do it as much as we did back then. We were just a ball of fun.
What do you think will be the most surprising revelation in TLC Forever for superfans?
Chilli: That’s a good question. … You know what? It just popped up in my head. It’s when they see T-Boz crying.
T-Boz: I hate to cry.
Chilli: Yeah, ’cause you never see that. They’ve seen me cry a bit, but not T. Not ever. But that time [in the documentary], yes.
What is your favorite TLC song and why?
T-Boz: I don’t have a favorite TLC song per se, but “Case of the Fake People” is one of my favorite songs on our albums. I wish it could have been a single.
Chilli: It’s forever “Hat 2 Da Back.” I love that song so much because it really shows the dynamics of the group. T-Boz comes in with the low voice, I come in and hit all the high notes and Lisa raps. It’s so us. It was “CrazySexyCool” before “CrazySexyCool.”