What Prompted TLC to Lose Their ‘CrazySexyCool’ in VH1 Biopic?
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There's a scene in the VH1 movie CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story that is reminiscent of the female bank heist film Set It Off.
Upset that they had not been appropriately compensated for the sales of their sophomore album, CrazySexyCool, the members of TLC held hostage Clive Davis, then president of Arista Records, demanding payment.
They stormed the label with a group of female convicts, and confiscated any TLC paraphernalia in site.
The scene is one of the shocking moments in the film premiering on VH1 Monday, Oct. 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
The depiction is based on a true story, members Rozanda "Chilli" Thomas and Tionne "T-Boz" told Yahoo Music Friday in an exclusive video interview in their publicists' office in Hollywood.
"First of all it's funny because people get to see that in the movie, but I personally would have liked it if it would have showed a little bit more of that because that was a serious thing that we went through," Thomas said. "We talked about that."
Late group member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes recruited their tough girl backup from the halfway house where she served five months in 1994 for burning down her ex-boyfriend Andre Rison's million dollar mansion, the surviving members said.
Frustrated with being given conflicting information regarding who controlled their payments, the women sought out the man in charge.
"'Cause we got tired of it," Thomas said. "It's like, 'OK, is it Arista? Is it La Face [Records]? Who is it?' So we go to the top, right on up there to Clive and we really did. We told [the girls] if you see anything that says TLC, I don't care if it's a picture it's ours."
The CrazySexyCool album made $75 million but the three members of TLC were only paid $50,000 each, Watkins told Mo'Nique in 2009.
When their financial disputes lead them to court, they were asked to return some of the items they confiscated from the company offices, Thomas told Yahoo Music.
"When we filed bankruptcy, we were in court, Arista wanted their plaques back, and we said, 'Well, go to the hood. Get it. Good luck with that,'" Thomas said.
"We gave them away to everybody in the projects," Watkins said. "They were so excited."