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Left Eye was known to rock extra baggy clothes in her early years. Here she is wearing an oversized Wu Tang Clan sweater.
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Check Your Vernacular: VIBE Staff's Favorite Left Eye Lines

In honor of Left Eye's lyrical legacy, VIBE recalls their favorite lines from the feisty lyricist

Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes was undoubtedly a musical visionary. The feisty lyricist, who ascended to fame with one of the best-selling girl groups of all time, TLC, became a magnet for adoration with her knack for flavorful and outspoken wordplay along with an eclectic fashion sense that redefined "cool."

Today (April 25) marks the thirteenth anniversary of Left Eye's untimely death in 2002. In honor of her lyrical legacy, the VIBE staff recalls their favorite bars from her below.

"U Know What's Up" - Donell Jones feat. Left Eye 

"Don't let another one get near me if you wanna be true/
And show me that nobody else can do it better than you/
So if you serious, I'm curious to see what you got/
My love is furious, cuz I believe in blowin' up spots"
– Datwon Thomas, Editor-In-Chief

 

 

"L.I.S.A." - Left Eye

"Just to make it in the world and go against all odds/
Come from the gritty inner city to a superstar/
Number one hits consistently for ten long years/
Put my soul in every project, my blood, sweat and my tears"
– Mikey Fresh, Music Editor

 

 "No Scrubs (Remix)" - TLC

"Satisfy my appetite with something spectacular/
Check your vernacular and then I get back to ya/
With diamond-like precision, insatiable is what I envision"

– Adelle Platon, Associate Editor 

"See if you can't spatially expand my horizon/
Then that leaves you in a class with scrubs never risin'/
I don't find it surprising/
If you don't have the g's/
To please me and bounce from here to the coast to overseas"

– Ashley Monae, Contributing Writer

"Space Cowboy (Yippie-Yi-Ya)" - *NSYNC feat. Left Eye 

"Boom and never let you try to stop me/
Born to fly sky high up to the top see/
Nothing to fear, no doubts and no tears /
Millennium sound to motivate the future years"

 Christine Imarenezor, Social Managing Editor 

"Waterfalls" - TLC 

"Dreams are hopeless aspirations in hopes of coming true/
Believe in yourself, the rest is up to me and you"

–Iyana Robertson, News Editor

"Is it because my life is ten shades of gray/
I pray all ten fade away/
Seldom praise Him for the sunny days"

– Stacy-Ann Ellis, Staff Writer 

"Only my faith can undo/
The many chances I blew/
To bring my life to anew/
Clear blue and unconditional skies/
Have dried the tears from my eyes"

– Shenequa Golding, Editor

"The Block Party" - Left Eye

"There's something cooking in the pot/
About to hit the spot/
Boombox, play me some of that hip hop"
– Camille Augustin, Staff Writer

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