After 25 years, T-Boz and Chilli, will release a final album as TLC.
The two remaining members of the hip-hop group created a Kickstarter campaign on January 19th to fund the upcoming project. Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas asked fans for $150,000 to back a fifth and final studio album.
“We want to do one last TLC album,” T-Boz, 44, said in a video to fans. “We want to do an album but we want to do it on our own.”
“We want to be able to be creative, think outside the box, and just be free to do what we really want to do,” Chilli, 43, chimed in. “We want to give you guys the quality of work that we have always given you.”
In less than a week, the musicians met and exceeded their goal, counting $173,390 in contributions within days. The funds came from followers and supporters, including a very famous face. One big donation came from singer Katy Perry whose contribution gave her access to a choice of three incentives at the $5,000 level: a onesie from TLC’s fashion archives, a slumber party in Atlanta with Chilli, or a slumber party in Los Angeles with T-Boz.
The upcoming project will be TLC’s first studio album since the death of founding member Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes at the age of 30 in April 2002. In the years since, T-Boz and Chilli have performed sporadically as TLC and released compilation albums with past recordings, but have yet to debut a record of new music without Left Eye. They also had a one season reality show with hopes of finding a third member.