By age 10, she formed the musical trio The Lopes Kids with her siblings, with whom she sang gospel songs at local events and churches. TLC group At the age of 19,  having heard of an open casting call for a new girl group through her then-boyfriend, Lopes moved to Atlanta to audition. Tionne, Lisa and Crystal. Bandmate Tionne Watkins became T-Boz, derived from the first letter of her first name and "Boz" slang for "boss".
Lopes was renamed "Left Eye" after a compliment from a man who once told her he was attracted to her because of her left eye. Lopes emphasized her nickname by wearing a pair of glasses with the left lens covered with a condom, in keeping with the group's promotion of safe sex , wearing a black stripe under her left eye, and eventually getting her left eyebrow pierced.
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TLC's third album, FanMail , was released in and sold over 14 million copies worldwide. In the May issue of Vibe magazine, Lopes said, "I've graduated from this era. I cannot stand percent behind this TLC project and the music that is supposed to represent me. I also challenge Dallas 'The Manipulator' Austin to produce all of the material and do it at a fraction of his normal rate. We have feelings for each other, which is why we get so mad at each other.
I usually say that you cannot hate someone unless you love them. So, we love each other. Solo career[ edit ] In , Lopes hosted the short-lived MTV series, The Cut , in which a handful of aspiring pop stars, rappers, and rock bands competed against each other in front of judges. The show's winner, which ended up being a male-female rap duo named Silky, was promised a record deal and funding to produce a music video, which would then enter MTV 's heavy rotation.
A then-unknown Anastacia finished in third place, but ended up securing a record deal after Lopes and the show's three judges were impressed by her performance. In , she appeared in a commercial for Gap. Lopes created "Left Eye Productions" to discover new talent. Lopes was also developing and promoting another new band called Egypt. Lopes had a dream of making new artists able to record music at a low cost, in a high-end studio at her house.
Her family continues to operate it and fill it with new equipment. It includes a song titled "A New Star is Born", which is dedicated to her late father.
She told MTV News: That track is dedicated to all those that have loved ones that have passed away. It's saying that there is no such thing as death. We can call it transforming for a lack of better words, but as scientists would say, 'Every atom that was once a star is now in you. So, in the song I pretty much go along with that idea. I don't care what happens or what people think about death, it doesn't matter.
We all share the same space. In , before the start of Rison's fifth and final season with the Falcons, Lopes accidentally burned down Rison's Atlanta mansion. Among the album's 13 tracks was also a posthumous duet with Tupac Shakur that was assembled from the large cache of unreleased recordings done prior to his murder in Initially scheduled for release on a date to coincide with the 11th anniversary of her grandfather's death, Arista Records decided to delay and then cancel the American release.
The project was also to include several songs recorded with Ray J along with close friend Missy Elliott. In , some tracks from the album were uploaded onto YouTube featuring artists from Tha Row Records. Lopes's unreleased songs were also sampled by TLC for their fourth album 3D after she died.
Another track, "Too Street 4 T. V" featuring Danny Boy , was released on the soundtrack to the film Dysfunktional Family. Posthumous honorary album[ edit ] In , Lopes' family decided to work with producers at Surefire Music Group to create a posthumous album in her honor, Eye Legacy. Originally set to be released October 28, , the release date was pushed back to November 11, then to January 27, The album largely consists of reworked versions of tracks from the Supernova album.
In November , Forever The EP was released which contained international bonus tracks not used on the Eye Legacy album. The EP was only available to download. An unreleased track featuring Lopes was uploaded to SoundCloud on the eve of the year anniversary of her death by Block Starz Music.
She readily admitted that she had come from an abusive, alcoholic background and struggled with alcoholism herself. She claimed that Rison had beaten her after a night out, and she set fire to his shoes to get back at him but that burning down the house was an accident.
Lopes later revealed that she did not have a lot of freedom within the relationship and that Rison abused her emotionally and physically; she said that she released her frustrations about the relationship on the night of the fire. She had adopted a year-old boy ten years prior. Most prominent was a large eagle on her left arm, which she said represented freedom.
On her upper right arm was a large tattoo of the name "Parron" for her late stepbrother who died in a boating accident, arching over a large tattoo of a pierced heart. Her smallest tattoo was on her left ear and consisted of an arrow pointing to her left over the symbol of an eye, a reference to her nickname. Lopes' party stopped and loaded the boy into the car, and Lopes "cradled the dying boy's bleeding head in her arms" while "someone gave him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation as they rushed him to a nearby hospital.
Earlier in the documentary, Lopes mentioned that she felt the presence of a "spirit" following her, and was struck by the fact that the child killed in the accident shared a similar last name, even thinking that the spirit may have made a mistake by taking his life instead of hers. The vehicle rolled several times after hitting two trees, throwing Lopes and three others out of the windows, and finally coming to rest in a ditch at the side of the road.
Lopes died instantly of neck injuries and severe head trauma, and was the only person fatally injured in the accident. She was 30 years old. A camera man in the front passenger seat was videotaping at the time, so the last seconds leading up to the swerve that resulted in the fatal accident were recorded on video.
Her sister Reigndrop Lopes was in the vehicle and survived the collision. She was a true rock star. She didn't care about no press. She was the rock star out of the group. She was the one that would curse on TV. She had the tattoos. You could expect the unexpected. When you see Lisa, you could expect something from her. That's the gift she carried. Arie , and CeeLo Green.
A calmer side of her personality was on display, showing interests in numerology and yoga. In August , the foundation hosted a charity auction, selling items donated by celebrities.