TLC's New Album Kickstarter Proves They Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg

Happy TLC announcement to us! Happy TLC announcement to us! Happy TLC announcement dear everybody, happy TLC announcement to us! (I assume the legendary hip hop group's big news inspired you to break into song, too.) In a too awesome to handle interview with TIME, Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas shares heaps of exciting deets about TLC’s final album, future tour plans (!!!), and why the group chose to create a Kickstarter. Yes, TLC has a Kickstarter. Monday morning, Thomas and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins launched a fundraising campaign for their fifth album. Slated to drop at the end of 2015, it will be the group's second full-length album since the tragic death of original member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes.

TLC’s Kickstarter incentives are probably the greatest Kickstarter incentives in the history of Kickstarter. So many opportunities to hang out with Watkins and Thomas! It’s tough to pick the best incentive, but I gotta say, there is one that made me gasp and stare at my bank account for a good ten minutes: If you pledge $2,000, you get to go to a workout class led by Chilli. Can you even imagine?!?!?!?!?! I'd be sweating before the class began.

Anyway, Thomas's interview with TIME is fantastic, has me feeling all of the feelings, et cetera. And yes, there are specific excerpts that caused me to shriek with glee. I will share those specific excerpts now.

When asked if she's worried about what people might think about the group's decision to leave their label for Kickstarter:

Say what you will about established artists using Kickstarter to fund projects, but I am all about it if it means the artists have more creative freedom.

Ooooooohhh... On the TLC sound:


All of this is true. Thomas and Watkins are too great to be constrained by genre.

When asked if the Lady Gaga song will be on the album:

Oh, my god. Please please please please please be on the new album!

Wait wait wait. There's more Gaga magic:

This is the cutest thing I've ever read.

When asked about going on tour:

Oops, I passed out. But I'm back now. And I'm watching this on repeat:

Chills on chills on chills.

This may be their final album, but...


The Kickstarter's goal: $150,000 before Feb. 19. OK, fans. This is not a drill. A new TLC album is on the line, for creep's sake. LET'S DOOO THISSSSS!

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