For TLC, this whole period of their career is a total “Meant to Be” moment.
“This album is like going down memory lane from the beginning of our career to present day,” original member Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins told Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America” on Tuesday (October 15) about the duo’s greatest hits collection, TLC 20.
The disc, out today, ends with a new song written by Ne-Yo called “Meant to Be,” which T-Boz said summed up how she and partner Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas are feeling right now. “We always said it was an ’MTB thing,’ it was meant to be, so it’s like a song that wraps up our 20 years history together in one song.”
The duo are together again to promote the October 21 debut of the VH1 biopic, “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story.” They appeared on the morning talker with the cast of the film that depicts their rise from obscurity to world stardom and status as one of the best-selling girl groups of all time. The film also deals with the tragic 2002 death of third member, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, who is played by rapper Lil’ Mama in the movie.
“When we saw her audition tape, we said, ’That’s it. She’s the one,’ ” Thomas said of Lil’ Mama , who performed with the original members at a July reunion show. “When she gets into character with the dark contacts, we were taking to her sometimes … it was strange for us sometimes. Freaked us out a little bit.” The two women acted as executive producers of the movie, and even though they lived everything it depicts, they still can’t believe it’s their story to tell.
“It means so much, it’s surreal,” Watkins said of the movie. “We could be in the kitchen cooking and we see the commercial and we stop and we go, ’That’s us! Oh my god!’ Like it never happened to us before. It’s just like a dream come true.”
Watkins and Thomas, who are finishing up an album of new material slated for release next year, capped the appearance by performing a medley of their greatest hits on “GMA” stage, including “What About Your Friends,” “Waterfalls” and “Scrubs.”