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The year 1996 was amazing for the legendary all-female group, TLC. The group was at the height of their success,winning so many Grammy awards that all three ladies came to the post-show interview with two in each hand. The reason this interview is so interesting is because it was an admittedly awkward, yet insightful conversation with the ladies that gives perspective on their success 17 years later.
One really interesting part of the interview is when the ladies were told that middle school girls rated their song “Waterfalls” as the greatest song that defined their generation. The song features lyrics that are socially conscious, reminding people of the dangers of making poor decisions that can lead to an early death or incarceration. The song is a throwback from music of today, much of which encourages these kinds of behaviors.
That’s when Chilli makes a statement in the video (below) that many modern day artists would never make:
“What people don’t understand is that when you become a ‘star,’ you know, you are a role model. So, we’re glad they look up to us like that,” she said.
She also says that the youth are the future and that they felt a sense of responsibility for giving them good values. So, the operative question is: Would this message be considered old-fashioned today? How many artists of today feel any responsibility for the messages they are giving young people?
Watch the video below: