Following the release of their latest compilation album, 20, TLC is now focusing on recording all-new material for their forthcoming album, due out next year.
In an interview with V magazine, Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas spilled on the status of the project as well as how it feels to be back in the studio with Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins.
“I’m telling you, it’s a blessing even being in the studio recording. I can’t wait till you hear some of these songs! It’s TLC 2015! It’s TLC today and tomorrow!” says Chilli, who revealed the disc will include their signature sound and dance moves mixed with more futuristic sounds.
She also explains how the songs will sound without their late band mate, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, who passed away in 2002.
“It’s definitely just a different period, because she’s not here physically. But even when she was alive we had a lot of songs that did not have her on there. So with Tionne’s voice and my voice it still sounds like our stuff. But we’ll have a few features, because we’ve never had features before,” she says and hints at possible contributions from Drake, T.I., 2 Chainz and Lady Gaga.
The best-selling U.S. girl group of all time also intends to include female empowerment songs, similar to their 1999 hit “Unpretty.”
“I don’t think you can ever have enough records about self-esteem and loving yourself and not taking no crap, especially females,” says Chilli. “That girl-power thing is just missing right now. And it’s not like we’re in the studio trying to make songs like this — we’re naturally like that, so it naturally comes. We’re still being who we are. And by saying that, it’s going to help a lot of people. And that’s all we care about. We want jams to make you jam but at the same time make you think.”
The upcoming album, TLC’s first all-new studio effort since 2002’s 3D, is due sometime next year.
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