Lisa Lopes was one-third of the 90s hip-hop group TLC, and 20 years after the band’s hit song “Waterfalls,” the family of the deceased singer is mad at the remaining members for continuing on without her.
This week, the remaining members of TLC — “TBoz” Watkins and Rozanda “Chili” Thomas — decided to remake “Waterfalls” to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the song. In place of Lisa Lopes, they cast Japanese pop star Namie Amuro, a decision that stung for the family of Lopes.
“I did not know about it until a fan posted it online,” her sister Reigndrop Lopes told TMZ. “I mean it would have been nice if they would have given us a head up before being surprised.”
Lopes, who went by “Left Eye,” died in 2002 in a car crash in Honduras. She was driving a car that rolled off the road, throwing her out. Lopes had been followed by a film crew in the last month of her life, footage that would later be turned into a documentary called The Last Days of Left Eye.
Reigndrop has other problems with the members of TLC. The other signers had been working with VH1 on a biopic about the band, but family members of Lisa Lopes didn’t find out until the project was already in the works.
“The only way I found out was because a friend of mine was cast as an extra and flew down there and I happened to go up there with her,” Reigndrop told 4UMF News.”I mean it would have been nice if they would have given us a heads up before being surprised.”
“Waterfalls” was the most successful song for TLC, spending seven weeks atop to Billboard Top 100 chart and making many other international Top 100 lists. It was nominated for two honors at the 1996 Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.
The group continued on after the death of Lisa Lopes, releasing the album 3D seven months later. It would go on to sell two million copies.