Why Girl Groups Rule: TLC's Chilli On The 'Shared Responsibility'

Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins, Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes and Rozonda 'Chilli' Thomas of TLC
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Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins, Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes and Rozonda 'Chilli' Thomas of TLC at the 1999 Kid's Choice Awards

On each day of's Girl Group Week, we'll be posting an interview with a member of an all-female musical artist about some of the finer points of being in a girl group. A lot of us listen to girl group songs, follow their dance moves and buy tickets to their shows -- but what's it like actually being a member of a girl group?

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Monday (Apr. 28) kicks off with Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas, one-third of the legendary R&B group TLC, which happens to have three songs in the Top 40 Girl Group Songs of All Time chart list. Along with Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and the late Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, Thomas is responsible for female-first anthems like "Unpretty," "No Scrubs," "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" and countless others, most of which are collected on the recent compilation "20":

Billboard: What's the biggest advantage to being in a girl group as opposed to being a solo artist?

Chilli: "You don't have to carry everything. It's a shared responsibility. If you're slacking a little bit, the others can kind of pick up. Slacking meaning, I don't know, you can have a cold or something, or for some reason, physically, you're tired and don't feel like pushing so much.

"I like the fact all the weight is not on just you. That, to me, is the best part. You can play off of each other. When you're a solo artist, tired or nothing, you've gotta do it."


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