Issue: Nov. 1994
Story Headline: Fire it Up
Background: The trio of R&B princesses had already made a name for themselves with their debut album, Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip, which garnered a quadruple-platinum standing within a year and several top-10 singles (Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg," "What About Your Friends" and "Baby-Baby-Baby"). Here, T-Boz, Chilli and Left Eye were back at it again with their sophomore release, CrazySexyCool. But in the midst of all this success came plenty of drama. In 1994, Lisa, “Left Eye” Lopes faced legal troubles after setting fire to her reportedly abusive NFL boyfriend, Andre Rison’s house. With this fresh on the mind, VIBE poked fun at the incident, calling the article “Fire it Up,” with the girls dressed in firefighters’ gear. It was a way to show the world that even through it all, this talented trio was still burning hot.
Article Excerpt: "The best way for me to get those people back is to succeed," she [Left Eye] says, the determination in her voice filling the room. "I didn't struggle this far to have people tear me down. I came out of some shit where it was, like, I didn't know what I was doing. I finally started looking at myself like I'm worth something, and it's because I've accomplished everything people told me I wouldn't. The best way for me to get people back is to come back out even harder.”