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Thursday, October 5, 2023

Ooooooh… On the TLC Tip (1992) – Album Review


Jelisa M.http://melanated-source.com
Jelisa is a lover of all music, but 90's R&B has a special place in her heart. She considers the 90's a groundbreaking era for black entertainment that should be celebrated more. "Music is my love language and movies are my mistress."

Album Review • I’m sure we can all agree that we should not have been singing “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg” in the 90’s as kids. “2 inches, or a yard rock hard, or if it’s saggin.” Singing it loud & proud with no idea of what they were talking about. Regardless, we knew a hit when we heard one & TLC was dishing out nothing but record breaking hits in the 90s. 

This album is such a fun album to listen to. If there was an award for album with the most personality, this would be the one! You can tell the ladies had a blast recording with the funny adlibs & the classic interludes. “Just a sprinkle a day, watch your ho3 fade away. Has your ho3 been sprinkled today?” Not a day went by when I wasn’t singing this classic! We all know the popular songs like “Baby, Baby, Baby” “What About Your Friends” & “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg” but lets get into them album cuts.

“Das Da Way We Like Em” is my favorite song on the album. I used to study those album lyrics like a finals study guide so I can be ready just incase I ever have a rap off with this specific song. That day hasn’t come but please believe I’m ready when it does. Another album cut that stuck like grits was “Depend On Myself”. The production was different & fresh & the chorus was catchy AF! This album introduced us to the genius production of Dallas Austin & that man gave us a sound that could not be duplicated.

Although the ladies were known for their playful lyrics, they still knew how to send a serious message with their music. “His Story” is a record about society always believing men over women when it comes to certain accusations. When you listen to the record, you don’t know if you should bust a move or seriously sit & listen to the lyrics. Yes, it is possible to do both because it’s exactly what I do when listening to it. 

As I’m listening to this album, I forgot how much I used to love it. It’s one that you could call gumbo because you have pieces of all genres. This album really highlighted Lefteye as a writer because she was on EVERY song. If I feel this good in 2023 listening to this album, I know those old enough to listen to it as teenagers & adults in 1992 had a ball. Let me go turn this up on my drive home.  

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