TLC Taps Lil Mama For Posthumous Left Eye Album, Performance

The big announcement is in! Following the unveiling of the legendary group's first trailer for their upcoming Vh1 biopic, CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story,due this fall, TLC has revealed details surrounding their forthcoming greatest hits album, the first since the passing of group member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes.

In a press conference today (July 25), surviving members Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas announced a release date of October 15 for the new opus after re-signing with L.A. Reid's Laface via Epic Records.

The greatest hits collection will include the group's biggest hits, in addition to four new songs, some written by Ne-Yo and Lady Gaga. Rappers Lil Mama, Drake and J. Cole will also make the project.

In addition, Lil Mama will join TLC at the Mixtape Festival in Hershey Park, Pennsylvania this Saturday.

Quotes via Rap-Up:

"For 10 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,” said 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."

T-Boz added, “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.”

Lil Mama thanked them for the opportunity. “Lisa Lopes was a one-of-kind performer who cannot be replaced,” said 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.”

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