Bruno Mars

Still CrazySexyCool: Before TLC headlines Baltimore's Artscape, Chilli talks about legacy and 'Left Eye' Lopes

Still CrazySexyCool: Before TLC headlines Baltimore's Artscape, Chilli talks about legacy and 'Left Eye' Lopes

When Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas learned last week that Riplay, the rising R&B trio from Baltimore signed to Def Jam Records, cited her group, TLC, as a major inspiration for the members’ individuality, Thomas beamed like a proud parent.

“When we hear those kinds of things, especially young girl groups that are really wanting to come out and make a difference, I’m like, ‘Yes! We’re doing what we’re supposed to do again,’ ” Thomas said on the phone from her Atlanta home. “We’re staying on the right path. More power to them.”

She’s heard similar stories since the early ’90s, when...

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