TLC Replaced Left Eye With A Japanese Pop Star On New Version Of “Waterfalls”: Listen

As a treat for their Japanese fans, surviving TLC members Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozanda “Chilli” Thomas recorded a new version of their 1995 classic “Waterfalls” with J-Pop star Namie Amuro (whom they’ve worked with before). Seems like a cool way to celebrate the group’s 20th anniversary, right? Except, they removed Left Eye, and had Amuro do a bastardized version of Left Eye’s iconic verse. We’re not sure why they didn’t just leave Left Eye’s contribution intact and extend the beat to give Amuro a turn on the mic, but considering that T-Boz and Chilli are still wrestling with how to honor and remember Lisa Lopes as they craft their comeback album and probable reunion tour, we’re not gonna be too hard on this decision. But it’s still an odd one.

Hear it below. 

[via Billboard]

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  • Hello_Again

    That is a disaster. I can only guess they took Lisa off because of past fighting and grudges. She died how many years ago? It’s time to move on and celebrate the success they’ve had as a group.

  • Pebbles

    Total blasphemous !!!They shouldve left Lisa’s part as is and when it was time showed her on the big screen while it played. This version is so bad. Poor tribute…

  • Sam

    that was soooooooo horrible. her part is way too slow. This is blasphemy!!

  • drew

    Didn’t get a chance to hear it before it was taken down, but this is absolutely a horrendous disservice to Lisa’s memory and also her family.

    Left Eye loved that verse the most… no reason to change it. Not for a tribute, not for new money… T-Boz and Chilli are losing my respect quickly.