April 25, 2002 marks the tragic passing of Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes, a critical third of the 8 time Grammy winning super group, TLC. At the time of her death Lisa was in Honduras with some friends, filming her a spiritual retreat of sorts. At one point in the trip, a young boy ran into oncoming traffic and was hit by a vehicle in which Left Eye was a passenger. The boy’s last name was Lopez and that prompted Left Eye to theorize that an evil spirit was after her life and accidentally took the boy’s instead.
A shocked and very remorseful Left Eye offered to pay for the funeral services. The boy’s family accepted and as a sign of gratitude gave Left Eye a pair of the boy’s shoes. Later that month, Left Eye would be involved in yet another car accident (this time as the driver) as she tried to swerve around a truck and was veered off road by another car heading towards her vehicle. While there were several passengers in the car, Left Eye would be the only fatality.
Left Eye left an indelible mark in both Hip Hop and Pop Culture. Both the lyrical and visual force behind TLC, she was a very vibrant artists as well as conscious and passionate emcee. Her lyrical content and delivery has at times been likened to that of a female Tupac Shakur. Left Eye’s larger than life personality and knack for style enabled her to stand out visually, whether it be preaching safe sex by wearing condoms on her glasses in “Ain’t To Proud To Beg” or her antics as a 1940’s mafia type in “Red Light Special” (where she knocks over the poker table after arguing with T-Boz). Simply put, TLC is on a short list of groups that can be considered the greatest of all time (male or female), amassing over 50 million record sales. Left Eye was an integral part of that success. It’s hard to believe it’s been so long since her untimely passing, but rest assured Left Eye will never be forgotten. Rest in Power.
“Believe in yourself, the rest is up to me and you.” — Left Eye, Waterfalls