Remembering Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes

Music fans around the world were shocked on April 25, 2012, with the news that Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes of the top-selling R&B group TLC was killed in a car accident in Honduras. The singer, rapper, songwriter, dancer and actress had moved to Atlanta from Philadelphia at at the age of 17 to audition for a new girl group. As the trio TLC, Lopes, Tionne Watkins and Rozanda Thomas rose to fame in 1992 with the LaFace Records-released Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip, an album that sold more than 6 million copies and was named for Lopes’ rap at the end of “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg.” The debut was followed up by 1994’s Crazy Sexy Cool, which sold over 23 million copies, and 1999’s Fan Mail, which sold over 6 million. As tensions grew between Lopes and her bandmates, she branched out on her own, rapping on other artists’ albums, mentoring up-and-coming artists and releasing a solo album, Supernova. She was working on her second solo effort at the time of her tragic death. Creative, outspoken, controversial and often troubled, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes is remembered as an artist who “spoke from the heart and was never afraid to be herself.”

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