Lisa Lopes

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Lisa Nicole Lopes (May 27, 1971 – April 25, 2002), better known by her stage name Left Eye, was an American rapper, singer, dancer, and songwriter, best known as a member of the R&B girl group TLC.

Lopes contributed her self-written raps to many of TLC's hit singles, including "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg", "What About Your Friends", "Hat 2 da Back", "No Scrubs", "Waterfalls", and "Girl Talk". She received the nickname "Left Eye" from a boyfriend who noticed that her left eye appeared slightly smaller than her right.[4] As a result, she was regularly seen with markings, ranging from eyepatches to eye black, under her left eye throughout her career.



TLC started off as a female trio called Second Nature. The group was renamed TLC — derived from the first initials of its then three members — Tionne, Lisa and Crystal. Things didn't work out with Crystal Jones, and TLC's manager Perri "Pebbles" Reid brought in Damian Dame backup dancer Rozonda Thomas as a third member of the group. To keep the "initial" theme of the band's name, Rozonda needed a name starting with C, and so became Chilli, which was coined by Lopes. Band mate Tionne Watkins became T-Boz, while Lopes was renamed Left Eye. Lopes celebrated her nickname by wearing a black mark; often a wrapped condom, in keeping with the groups promotion of safe sex[4]–later evolving to a black stripe under the eye, and then an eyebrow ring in her left eyebrow.[5]

The group arrived on the scene in 1992 with the album Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip. With three singles, it sold six million copies worldwide and TLC became a household name. 1994 saw the release of CrazySexyCool, which sold over fifteen million copies worldwide and cemented TLC as one of the biggest female groups of all time. TLC's third album, FanMail, was released in 1999 and sold over ten million copies worldwide. Its title was a tribute to TLC's loyal fans and the sleeve contained the names of hundreds of them as a "thank you" to supporters.[6]

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