TLC’s Chilli Reflects On Infidelity & The Group’s 1994 Hit, “Creep,”

“I think when we first came out, it was very bold of us to have a song called ‘Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg’ with [the lyrics] ‘Two inches or a yard, rock hard or if it’s sagging’.'” People totally understood what type of group we were. To sing a song like ‘Creep’ wouldn’t be surprising from us. … A lot of our songs are definitely from a woman’s perspective. Guys cheat all the time — and we weren’t trying to promote infidelity — but I’ll cheat because I’m not getting the attention that I need. I’m sure a lot of guys were like, ‘Dang!’ But I think the track was so cool, and with the routine from the video, you almost forget about what we were saying and just sing along.”

Our friends over at Idolator have put together an awesome feature ranking the 50 best songs of 1994 and have done new interviews with the artists who made the top five, including Chilli from TLC, who talked about the site’s #2 pick, “Creep.” It may be hard to remember now, but in 1994, “Creep” was actually pretty controversial, as it basically gave female fans the thumbs up to cheat on their man if he’s cheated on them. “I’ll never leave him down, though I might mess around. It’s only ‘cause I need some affection,” T-Boz sings on the track. But as Chilli reminds us, TLC had long been pushing the envelope, especially when it came to female sexuality and relationships. “Creep” is hannnnnds downnnn one of my favorite songs ever and goddamn did I love that video. I still want bright-colored silk pajamas. Anyway, check out the rest of the interview, not to mention all of Idolator’s rankings at the link! [Idolator]