Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins recently revisited memories of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, who died in a car accident in 2002. T-Boz, who formed TLC with Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas and Lopes, says memories of Left Eye continue impacting her.
“There will never be a person like her,” T-Boz says in an interview with Billboard as part of its “Ladies First” article profiling women who have impacted Hip Hop. “One thing I try to take away from her is to stop caring [about] what people think. The thing I loved about her was the fact that she didn’t care…She had painted this picture of Tupac. She was an incredible artist. She wanted to complete it before she died. She knew how her life was going.
“People may have thought she was lost, but she was actually in search of becoming a better person,” she continues. “I commend her for that. She made her mark in society, the world and the record business. You can’t take away someone’s success and she accomplished a lot while she was here on Earth.”
T-Boz and Chilli are working on a book, which T-Boz says is going to provide more depth than the group’s 2013 biopic.
“The movie was great, but it’s hard to cram three stories about three different girls in a 120 minute film,” T-Boz says. “So, expect a full-length book to come out in the near future. We’re going back on tour. I can’t give away too much but, we do have some clothing that just came out in Forever 21 and H&M. I’m just blessed to be here 20 years later, still touring and doing what I love. I’m having a ball.”