Once you’re at a certain point where you really pay attention and it affects you, because you’re old enough to understand what that is, we felt it was very important to talk about that because it’s very unfortunate that something like that can happen.
Society will believe his story over yours and that’s just not right. If she’s not saying, "OK yes, I’m with this," then it’s still a no.
I can’t remember how many O’s we had in the ‘Ooooooohhh’ but it was very important to get the right amount.
That came last-minute, because we always say we’re on our own tip and then once TLC started saying "Ooooooohhh," the Ooooooohhh’s got longer.
We’re firecrackers, so it would not be good if all three of us was on 10 at the same time.
In ’92, what was going on in society that sparked "His Story"?
Wearing baggy clothing, boxers and condoms to promote sexual awareness and speaking directly and frankly bout their friendships and relationship standards was all normal routine for the Atlanta reps, whose tagline could have been, "When keeping it real goes right." Here, Chilli reflects to about the key players (cc: L. Reid and Babyface), the hit records and incessant pranking that created TLC's unfiltered debut. In 1992, what were you, T-Boz and Left-Eye trying to accomplish with TLC? relayed that message back to his then-wife Pebbles [TLC's former manager]. and Pebbles’ house and put together a quick little routine.
Roll through the 15-track opus and there's no faking the attitude that seeps through album cuts like "Bad By Myself" and smash hits like "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" or "What About Your Friends." Blending hip-hop with R&B, the trio -- comprised of Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, rapper Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas -- weren't shy to shun industry expectations of female acts. Reid, who executive produced the album, said in an interview that he didn’t have to sit around and think of everything for TLC because the three of you had your own ideas of what you wanted the group to be.
I remember when I was in college, we would have in our dorms this certain ringer that you would press if a girl was date-raped. You would hear that bell ring every weekend, [girls] not wanting to say anything or report it in fear that no one’s gonna believe you.
And I feel, with everything in me, that that’s exactly what we did.
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The funny part is, I don’t think we were necessarily trying so hard -- we were truly being ourselves, and we fought hard to be that. He was on our team, he saw the vision and supported it -- our outside-the-box way of thinking. It’s funny how timing is everything -- like how we say it’s an "MTB" thing, "meant to be" -- because at that time, Tionne and Lisa were looking for a third member. I think she came to rehearsals, I met her and went back to her office to meet the girls, and it was so funny, because Tionne was not friendly at all, and Lisa was. I didn’t take it personal: I hugged Tionne, I hugged Lisa and started singing. Tionne sang a verse in Guy’s "Wanna Get With U," because she’s got that deep, raspy voice. and Babyface -- I think [songwriter/musician] Daryl Simmons was there, and [producers] Kayo and Dallas, and then that was it. We would always pull pranks on other people -- we were a team for sure.
Especially being young ladies, and not wanting to wear the typical outfits that girls would wear, like tight dresses. And we had no idea that we would be speaking to so many other girls who felt just as we did. Then when I met them I kinda just put them on the spot and said, "Hey, I can sing. I did "Hold On" by En Vogue, and Lisa did one of her raps. What's the first memory that comes to mind while recording ] We got in so much trouble back then, during that time in the studio, with water fights and just playing all the time. A rep from La Face Records would take us to dinner and had fake roaches and fake ants.