Words by Jasmine Johnson
TLC has released their second album, CrazySexyCool, 23 years ago today.
The 1994 diamond-selling album afforded the trio the creative space to act out the images that the industry often perceived about their respective personalities: Left Eye was the “crazy one”, Chilli was the “sexy one” and T-Boz in most fans minds was the “cool one”. In all honesty, true fans knew that at any given moment either description could describe any one of the girls. And while their personal lives often took front stage (bankruptcy, illnesses, domestic violence, etc.), the girls always won with the music.
In fact, working on this album helped the girls work out many of their personal and professional issues. But they did not do it alone. The group reunited with their notable cast of hitmakers: Babyface, Jermaine Dupri and Dallas Austin made the CrazySexyCool project a classic. The album relates to sexuality, romantic, and optimism. For two years, it peaked at the top of the Billboard charts like it just came out. It was certified 11 times platinum, making the first female group to be awarded a diamond status. It has sold over 14 million copies worldwide by becoming the best-selling album of all-time by a girl group.
The album was featured in several magazine lists as one of the greatest and classic albums ever. With Billboard, it was ranked one of diamond-certified album on No. 7. The classic singles includes: “Waterfalls,” “Red Light Special,” “Creep” and “Diggin’ on You”.
We know that you have seen the movie of ‘Crazysexycool,’ that premiered four years ago on VH1. It went in depth of the female trio on what they’ve went through behind the fame, their personal struggles, and the death of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez.
Peep the visual of “Waterfalls,” and take the day to celebrate the album!