Monica Brown has always been one of my favorite Atlanta artists and just a few days ago, she celebrated the 20th anniversary of her first album, Ms. Thang!
Producer Dallas Austin, who is hailed as the driving force behind TLC’s rise to stardom, saw Monica do a rendition of Whitney Houston’s “Greatest Love of All” and was so impressed that he took her under his wing and signed her to his Arista Records-distributed label, Rowdy Records.
It was on July 18, 1995, that Monica’s debut album hit shelves to much fanfare and acclaim for her strong vocals and feisty swagger. Ms. Thang peaked at No. 7 on Billboard‘s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and produced multiple hit singles, like “Don’t Take It Personal (Just One of Dem Days),” and the double A-Side single, “Before You Walk Out of My Life” and “Why I Love You So Much.” Both singles peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, making Monica the youngest artist in history — she was 14 at the time — with consecutive No. 1 songs.
Both Dallas and Monica hit the net recently to reminisce about the album that started it all for the talented songstress.
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The highly anticipated docu-drama ‘CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story’ aired last night and while most ‘made-for-TV’ biopics are so fictionalized that the final product bears no truth whatsoever, VH1′s effort flawlessly maintained TLC’s version of their history.
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The film, which follows the lives of supergroup, stars Keke Palmer as Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, Lil Mama as the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, and Drew Sidora as Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins.
During the two-and-a-half-hour show, we witnessed TLC’s history unfold, and while the truth is always more interesting than fiction, there were still life lessons revealed.
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For younger viewers unfamiliar with TLC’s history, the film served as an introduction to arguably the biggest girl group in music history, but for long-time fans of the former trio, it was a heartbreaking story of how the music industry can chew you up and spit you out if you don’t know your worth.
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Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas and Tionne “T-Boz’ Watkins, the original remaining members of TLC, hit the red carpet for the premiere party for VH1’s original movie, ‘CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story’ October 15, 2013.
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The ladies joined the cast of the highly anticipated movie, which documents the popular 90’s girl group’s triumphs and struggles in the music industry.
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The premiere celebration was held at Loews Lincoln Square Theater in NYC and lots of celebrity guests came out in support of the ladies.
Notables attendees include: Kandi Burruss of The Real Housewives of Atlanta and her fiance Todd Tucker, legendary songstress Diana Ross and her son, actor Evan Ross, Chilli’s baby daddy Dallas Austin and her rumored new boo Ne-Yo, Missy Elliott, Mona Scott Young, comedian Cedric the Entertainer and more.
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Super producer Dallas Austin held a launch event for his “Beat Thang” sampler/beat machine at his private residence last weekend in Atlanta, Georgia. (May 27, 2011).
In addition to his son Tron and baby mama Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, several popular area beat makers joined Austin to sample his sampler, including Jazze Pha, Drummaboy, DJ Toomp, JLac (Usher’s lil brother) and more.
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