On this very day twelve years ago the music industry lost a very young, ambitious beautiful singer/songwriters, Lisa Lopes. Lisa Lopes was one-third of the female R&B group TLC and was known for her raps from some of the group’s most iconic songs including No Scrubs, Waterfalls, Ain’t too Proud to Beg, and much more. During her years as an artist in the music industry she has caused some controversy, inspired young girls, and left her stamp in the music industry forever.
Left Eye was born Lisa Nicole Lopes in Philadelphia on May 27, 1971. Lopes was raised by her paternal grandmother. At 17 she moved to Atlanta, Georgia when her then-boyfriend told her of a casting call for a new girl group. The group would become TLC, after the initials of the members: Tionne, Lisa, and Crystal. Crystal would depart the group and would soon be replaced by Rozonda Thomas, a backup dancer. Wanting to continue as TLC, the girls created nicknames for themselves to fit within the initialism; Tionne became T-Boz, Rozonda became Chili, and Lisa became Left Eye after a compliment she received from a man whom said her ‘left eye’ made her attractive.
TLC released four albums over the course of ten years beginning with Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip in 1992, CrazySexyCool in 1994, FanMail in 1999, and 3D posthumously in late 2002. In 1994, when TLC was gaining momentum in the industry, Lopes was subject to a controversial incident that remained with her for the rest of her life. While in a turmoil relationship with football player Andre Rison, she set fire to clothing in a bathtub, which ultimately spread to the entire mansion. She was charged with arson and sentenced to five years probation.
She traveled to Honduras in early 2002 as part of a ‘spiritual awakening’ to remove herself from the spotlight a while. While in Honduras, Lopes was driving a truck when she hit a young boy walking on road. She cradled him in her arms whilst a friend drove to a hospital. Lopes would pay for the medical expenses, however, the young boy didn’t make it; the little boy’s death occurred two weeks prior to Lopes’ death. On April 25, 2002, Lopes lost control of the vehicle she was driving, an SUV, careened off-road and flipped over several times. She was 30 when she passed.
She died at a very young age and wasn’t able to fulfill what she wanted on her journey to Honduras. On this day, twelve years later we celebrate her music and let her live on forever. What’s your favorite TLC song, or better yet, what’s your Left Eye rap? Leave your answer below.