Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Left Eye's death commemorated with unreleased song 'Fantasises'

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Hard to believe former Atlantan Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes has been dead 10 years today. Maybe it's because the mourning never ends for stars her size who pass so unexpectedly. Every year we mark the "anniversary" of her death, which, as Left Eye's friend and former TLC group-mate Tione "T-Boz" Watkins recently noted, is a weird word to commemorate such a solemn occasion.

“The word anniversary means a celebration,” TLC group member Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins told AllHipHop.com in a statement. “For us her death will never be a celebration, it’s still something that hurts.”

Yesterday, a previously unreleased song featuring Left Eye began to surface on blogs, giving us yet another chance to mourn her loss resulting from an auto accident in Honduras in 2002. The song, "Fantasies," was recorded three years before her death for Bootleg, a member of Midwest gangsta rap group the Dayton Family. It was recently released by Block Starz Music, a German label recently acquired by Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Lisa Lopes Foundation.

The ironic thing about the track is how much she sounds like another oft-mourned emcee on it. Of course, almost everybody sounded a bit like Tupac in the late ’90s. But in Left Eye's case, the two of them were friends for years. Left Eye was also affiliated with Pac's last label home, Death Row Records, before and after his death. In the video interview below, Left Eye talked about how she and Tupac often clashed because they were both Geminis, and what it was like being around him only a month before his death:

In related news T-Boz and Chilli are producing a new biopic on the rise of TLC for VH1.

The untitled film is being written by Kate Lanier, who wrote the critically acclaimed bio-pic “What’s Love Got to Do With,” about soul legend Tina Turner.

“This project is truly a dream come true for us,” added Chilli.

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