TLC Replaces Left Eye On New 'Waterfalls' Version: Listen
Chilli & T-Boz's new 'Waterfalls' rendition doesn't feature Left Eye. Is it good, bad or ugly? Vote.
While I rather ignore the following, I can't. TLC released a new version of "Waterfalls," where they replace the late Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes with Japanese singer, Namie Amuro.
On the version dedicated to their fans in Japan and released in celebration of the group's 20th Anniversary, Namie, who predominately sings, raps Left Eye's verse almost at a whisper.
Left Eye's family and TLC fans weren't too pleased with the re-recording. Her family was unaware of the rendition till it surfaced on the Internet, according to TMZ.
"I did not know about it until a fan posted it online. I mean it would have been nice if they would have given us a head up before being surprised." Reigndrop Lopes, Left Eye's sister, said. Her mother added that keeping Left Eye would have been honoring her daughter.
Fans took to YouTube to show their discontent. "Wow they just killed a classic.. dolllar dollar bills y'all," fan, Ernest Richards, said. "Namie is not a rapper so it's to be expected that this wasn't going to end up well. Most of us fans don't even know why this collab happened," another fan (@Missbrainbuster) said.
T-Boz and Chilli have always been vocal in honoring the late singer, so for them to replace Left Eye's verse, which honestly makes the song a classic, is puzzling and disheartening. Not having the opportunity to listen to new verses from Left Eye only make those she left behind sweeter with every listen. Some songs, like "Waterfalls," are best left untouched.