April 25, 2012 2 comments
The world lost Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes ten years ago on this day. At just 30 years old, Lopes’s death created a void in the industry from which the music world has yet to recover.
Lopes rose to fame as a member of the critically-acclaimed trio TLC. In contrast to the sex appeal of Chilli and the “round the way” charm of T-Boz, Left Eye stood out for her eclectic taste in fashion, as well as the originality of her lyrics. Indeed, Left Eye was a driving force behind many of TLC’s creative aspects. She coined Chilli’s nickname, and came up with the name Fanmail for TLC’s third album as a tribute to the group’s fans.
Besides her music, however, Lopes was very active in her humanitarian efforts. She started the Lisa Lopes Foundation, Inc. to provide resources to abandoned youth in low income communities. She also spent much time in Honduras where she worked within the villages and participated in spiritual retreats.
Left Eye’s presence is greatly missed. Whether you remember the condoms she wore as eye patches or her vibrant personality, her sheer versatility is a quality missing from today’s female rappers and the music industry overall.
Here are some videos of her most memorable performances:
TLC performs “CrazySexyCool Medley” at 1995 VMAs
Left Eye performs “Ladies Night” with Lil’ Kim, Angie Martinez, Da Brat & Missy Elliott
TLC performs “No Scrubs” at 1999 VMAs
Left Eye performs “U Know What’s Up” w/Donell Jones at Soul Train Awards
How do you remember Left Eye? Let us know in the comments below.