Besides their recent feature on J.Cole’s single “Crooked Smile,” it’s been more than eight years since Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas have released music under the name TLC. But come October 15, the duo will be making their big return with an album featuring both new songs and rereleases of some of their most beloved tracks.
“We wouldn’t call it a ‘Greatest Hits’; a lot of people are saying that for some reason,” T-Boz told MTV News after presenting Drake’s performance at the 2013 VMAs. “We rerecorded all of our old hits and we’ll have some additional new — hopefully — hits and smashes too.”
Eleven years after Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes was killed in a car accident, the duo has enlisted some surprise guests to fill in for the MC. T-Boz told us, “We’re excited about that because so many artists are coming to the table and being so supportive about this whole situation.”
Among those collaborators might just be Lady Gaga, who co-wrote “Posh Life,” one of the new releases off TLC’s upcoming LP, with Dallas Austin. T-Boz and Chilli said the Mother Monster recorded the song for herself but didn’t release it to the public since it so blatantly resembled a TLC joint.
“She was like, ‘I don’t want to disrespect the girls,’ so we were like, ‘Let’s sing it and see how it goes. I mean, you wrote it.’ It was so funny [hearing] her [sing] like us, so hilarious,” T-Boz said. “I was just like, why not sing it then? And she was just like so excited and we’re excited.”
So with all of this excitement surrounding the song, what’s standing in the way of the two acts joining forces?
“She wants to,” T-Boz explained, crossing her fingers. “You know them record company people. If it was up to the artist, all three of us are down. So we’ll see what happens.”