TLC Replaces Left Eye With Japanese Singer Namia Amuro In 20th Anniversary “Waterfalls” Remake
TLC didn’t stick to the “rivers and the lakes that they’re used to” for the 20th anniversary remake of their classic hit, “Waterfalls.”
Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas—the remaining members of the top-selling 90s girl group—replaced late rapper Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes with Japanese pop star Namie Amuro for the new version of the single. And the controversial decision has outraged fans and family alike. Left Eye’s sister, Reigndrop Lopes, expressed her shock and disappointment with TMZ about the new version not including Lopes’ infamous rap.
“I did not know about it until a fan posted it online,” she said. “I mean, it would have been nice if they would have given us a heads up before being surprised.”
The song is set to appear on TLC’s upcoming new album, the follow-up to 2002′s 3D. “There’s a lot of great things coming up lately for TLC and one of the things that we’re known for is entertaining and touring—and so I say, ‘If it’s not broke, don’t fix it,’” said T-Boz, who kicked off a tour in Japan with Chilli this month. “Like, why not go out again and do what we love to do best?”
Check out the new version of “Waterfalls” below and compare it to the original. Which one do you think is the true splash hit?