Shade? TLC Talks Beyonce, Rihanna and Music Superstars of the Past
By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
TLC’s (in particularly T-Boz’s) past public “misunderstanding” with Rihanna ended in Twitter beefs and fan wars, all because the group made some interesting comments about Rihanna’s choice in clothing.
Eventually T-Boz and Chilli would go on to say their words were misconstrued and they felt the media was just trying to create some drama with Rihanna.
But now the Navy and even the BeyHive are questioning if the group’s most recent interview with Idolator is indeed shade to two of the biggest black artists of today.
Here are the excerpts:
Obviously you are a timeless group, but do you look to anyone of today for inspiration? Like a Rihanna, for example.
T-BOZ: No, absolutely none whatsoever. You know why? We’ve always been trendsetters and we’ve always had our own lane.
CHILI: And what they do wouldn’t even fit with us.
T-BOZ: We don’t dance in heels, we’re not girly. No disrespect because I like their stuff, but that’s just not us. We have our own sound, and that’s what I love about this group. I’d just like to keep it that way. But if I was to look at someone, it would probably be a Michael Jackson or somebody who has been known to change the world. Not who’s hot today.
CHILI: Everybody, including us to a degree, all have learned something from Michael Jackson.
T-BOZ: He was a game-changer. Being hot and being a game-changer are two separate things. So I’m looking at people who change the game, and that’s really the artists from back in the day.
The reason I asked that is because I see so many legendary artists trying to make a comeback, and they just latch on to the hype.
T-BOZ: We’ll never chase sounds or anything, ever.
CHILI: And the only reason why the J. Cole collaboration happened was because he reached out to us. We had to hear the song first, and it was an amazing record no matter who honestly sung the hook — it would still be a hit. But the fact that he was really talking about something that’s very relevant, he was speaking our language. It [“Crooked Smile”] was like the guy version of “Unpretty,” so it was a perfect fit. Now I will say this, because he wants to work with us too, I really hope that could be a collaboration.
T-BOZ: He’s a great producer and songwriter! Today I just think lyrical content and things of substance is missing overall in the industry. There used to be way more superstars back in the day than there are now. Now they’re sprinkled here and there. Like Beyonce is doing well and Rihanna has great songs, but you don’t hear about great superstars like how it used to be.
Now we didn’t detect any shade but you be the judge.
In related news, the group’s Kickstarter campaign was a huge success. They reached their $150,000 goal in just three days.