By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
There’s no mistaking the fact that TLC is one of the most iconic girl groups R&B and Hip Hop has ever seen. Way before there was Destiny’s Child and a plethora of later girl groups, there was T-Boz, Left Eye, and Chili. And these women were the true definition of girl power. Most of their songs were certified women empowerment anthems, and were centered around tough topics like rape, self esteem, and safe sex. They were also sexy without needing to be half naked or resorting to sex tapes. The group’s era in music is without a doubt an iconic one, even after Left Eye’s tragic death. And in a new era of music where pop singers and R&B chicks feel like they have to basically be the exact opposite to sell records, it’s no surprise that TLC’s leading lady T-Boz feels some type of way about about the state of the music industry.
In a recent interview with Max TV, it appears that T-Boz has decided to speak her mind about the current standing of the music industry. To many, it sounds like she’s taking shots at some of today’s biggest female acts. If you listen carefully, it is easy to see why people feel T-Boz threw some shade to Rihanna and Nicki Minaj.
During one clip of the teaser video, T-Boz is seen impersonating Rihanna and kind of jerkishly singing the lyrics to “Umbrella.”
And then she says:
“Just because you on TV gyrating, boning, and sucking penises it’s not talent honey! Maybe in the porn industry, but over here, we entertain!
I don’t respect half the people I’ve seen lately. How the hell she gonna tell me what I need to be doing when her a-s can’t even sing? Why is she there? And now, they have rappers that don’t even sing judging? So this is totally based off of popularity I guess. So to each its own. Get your money honey, but what I’m saying is, I will never watch y’alls shows again.”
Of course the barbs and the Navy came for her on Twitter. But T-Boz stands her ground and “clarifies” her comments. Many feel she back tracked. Read from the bottom up:
To be fair, this is just a trailer to a full interview that has not even been released yet. So for now, people can only assume who T-Boz was referring to or whether or not some of these clips were taken out of context.
Check out the video that caused all the controversy: