On the eve of the tenth anniversary of her untimely death, a previously unreleased track featuring TLC member Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes has once again hit the ‘net. “Fantasies” was recorded with Dayton Family frontman Bootleg just before Left Eye’s passing.
A quick Google search reveals that the song first hit the ‘net around late February, but the official commemorative reissue is accompanied by statements from bandmates Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas.
“Lisa is our sister. You never get over losing a family member,” Chilli said in the statement obtained by AllHipHop. “We love her and we miss her and that isn’t ever going to change.”
The track was released by Bootleg’s label, Germany’s Block Starz Music, and has a smooth, West Coast-inspired groove and features Left Eye kicking a verse with a very Tupac-ish flow.
Feels good to hear Left Eye’s voice again after all these years, but T-Boz says that, even a decade later, she still feels the pain of not actually having her friend here.
“The word anniversary means a celebration,” she said in the statement. “For us her death will never be a celebration; it’s still something that hurts.”
To keep Left Eye’s legacy alive, the surviving TLC members are producing a currently untitled scripted biopic on the group’s rise to be aired on VH1. The film, which was written by Kate Lanier of Tina Turner biopic What’s Love Got to Do With It fame, is “a dream come true” according to Chilli and will be the first of a series of music-focused biopics to air on the network.
Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes died on April 25, 2002, after a car accident in La Ceiba, Honduras. She was 30 years old.
Listen: Bootleg f/ Left Eye – “Fantasies”