After news soared yesterday about the release of the upcoming biopic that's being delivered by VH1, fans went wild. We learned that the highly anticipated TV-Movie will make it's debut in October and will feature young starlets Keke Palmer, Drew Sidora and Lil Mama portraying TLC.
That was only part of the news, the second shocker was that an album is also being released. It will be the first in over 10 years and will feature a collection of their biggest hits as a group, plus 4 brand new original tracks . Expect to see features and collaborations from Ne-Yo, Lady Gaga, and Dallas Austin. The album will be delivered by L.A. Ried's Epic Records.
Lastly, news that didn't sit too well with some fans was that Lil Mama, who plays Left Eye in the film, will be featured on some of the new material from the upcoming album and she will perform with the girls tomorrow for their reunion performance at the Mixtape Festival at Hershey Park Stadium. Check out the official press release below.
On Monday, October 21st, VH1 will premiere its scripted original movie CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, which was written by screenwriter Kate Lanier (What’s Love Got To Do With It, Set it Off) and directed by Charles Stone III (Drumline, Paid in Full), with Thomas and Watkins serving as executive producers. The film, which chronicles TLC’s humble beginnings in Atlanta and unprecedented rise to fame in the ’90s, stars KeKe Palmer (Akeela & The Bee) as Chilli, Drew Sidora (Step Up) as T-Boz, and Lil Mama (America’s Best Dance Crew) as Left Eye, who died in a car crash in 2002.
Lil Mama, who will be featured on the new material on the album, will also join Thomas and Watkins to perform during the group’s July 27th reunion performance at this year’s Mixtape Festival, presented by VH1, which takes place at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey Park, PA.
“For ten years we have been mourning the death of our sister Lisa, and although we have discussed the option of bringing in someone to perform with us, it never felt right at the time,” says Chilli. “Watching Lil Mama on the set of our movie CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story reminded us of Lisa’s spirit, and, for the first time since her passing, we felt everything come together in an organic way.” Adds T-Boz: “Lil Mama’s authentic style, although very different from Lisa’s, got our creative juices flowing. By bringing her in, we will continue to keep TLC’s music alive for a new generation of fans. We are thrilled to be writing this new chapter in the TLC story.”
“Lisa Lopes was a one-of-kind performer who cannot be replaced,” says Lil Mama. “I am grateful to Chilli and T-Boz for the confidence they had in me to portray her in the film and to invite me to perform and record with them and pay tribute to her incredible talent.”
Fans were not too thrill seeing Lil Mama with the girls, especially after this photo appeared on Epic Records Instagram account with the caption " Welcome Back Home TLC #TLCisBack"
|Welcome Back Home TLC #TLCisBack|
Clearly some folks aren't thrilled but hey, T-Boz and Chilli are doing what they have to do. Time waits for no one. Apparently, Lil Mama will indeed join TLC, the good thing about that is the name can remain "TLC" as Lil Mama name begins with an "L" like Left Eye's did. I think that's the only good thing to come out of it! But lets just see how this pans out. How do you feel about the replacement?