3D (TLC album)

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Studio album by TLC
Released November 12, 2002 (2002-11-12)
(United States)
Recorded November 2001 — September 2002
Length 49:32
57:43 (Bonus tracks version)
Label Arista
Producer Dallas Austin, Babyface, Missy Elliott, Rodney Jerkins, The Neptunes, Organized Noize, Raphael Saadiq, Daryl Simmons, Timbaland
TLC chronology
Now and Forever: The Hits
Singles from 3D
  1. "Girl Talk"
    Released: September 8, 2002
  2. "Hands Up"
    Released: November 15, 2002
  3. "Damaged"
    Released: March 7, 2003
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (71/100)[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Blender 4/5 stars[3]
Entertainment.ie 4/5 stars[4]
Entertainment Weekly B[5]
Slant 2.5/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[7]
VIBE 3.5/5 stars[8]

3D is the fourth studio album by American girl group TLC. It was released by Arista Records on November 12, 2002, in the United States, it was seven months after the death of TLC member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes. The album debuted at number six on the Billboard 200, and at number four on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart,[9] selling 143,000 copies sold in its first week of release and was met with positive reviews. The album nearly sold two million in the United States alone. 3D earned TLC two Grammy Award nominations, and the album was certified Platinum by the RIAA in 2002.[10] 3D produced 4 singles. The only three singles to chart were "Girl Talk", peaking at 3 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart; "Hands Up", which peaked at number 7 on the Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart; and "Damaged", which managed to peak at 19 on the US Mainstream Top 40.

Background information[edit]

During and after the release of FanMail, Lopes made it known to the press on multiple occasions that she felt that she was unable to fully express herself working with TLC and Austin. Her contributions to the songs had been reduced to periodic eight-bar raps, and studio session singers such as Debra Killings often took her place on the background vocals for the group's songs. In its November 28, 1999 issue, Entertainment Weekly ran a letter from Lopes that challenged her group mates to record solo albums and let the fans judge which of the three was the most talented:

"I challenge Tionne 'Player' Watkins (T-Boz) and Rozonda 'Hater' Thomas (Chilli) to an album entitled The Challenge... a 3-CD set that contains three solo albums. Each (album)... will be due to the record label by October 1, 2000... I also challenge producer Dallas 'The Manipulator' Austin to produce all of the material and do it at a fraction of his normal rate. As I think about it, I'm sure LaFace would not mind throwing in a $1.5 million dollar prize for the winner."[11]

T-Boz and Chilli declined to take up the "Challenge",[12] though Lopes always maintained it was a great idea. Things were heated between the ladies for some time, with Thomas speaking out against Lopes, calling her antics "selfish", "evil", and "heartless".[13] TLC then addressed these fights by saying that they were very much like sisters that have their disagreements every now and then; as Lisa stated, "It's deeper than a working relationship. We have feelings for each other, which is why we get so mad at each other. I usually say that you cannot hate someone unless you love them. So, we love each other. That's the problem." The ladies eventually settled the feud, and The Challenge was never followed through. After the conclusion of the successful FanMail tour, the ladies, however, took some time off and pursued personal interests. Lopes was the first to begin recording her solo album, Supernova, however it underperformed overseas, so it was cancelled, and was never released in the United States.

During this time period, it was stated by Thomas she had begun working on a solo project and had realized that rumors of TLC's demise had taken over in the media. It was then that Thomas made a call to LaFace label-head L.A. Reid to discuss working on TLC's fourth studio album. After contacting Watkins, and soon after, Lopes, sessions for 3D had begun in the Fall of 2001. However, soon after recording had begun, sessions came to a halt, as Lopes began work on her second studio album, known as N.I.N.A (New Identity Non Applicable), and as Watkins was hospitalized in January 2002 due to complications stemming from her ongoing battle with sickle-cell anemia, Lopes eventually came to visit Watkins in the hospital and went back to the studio to record raps for 3D.[14] In April 2002, as Watkins' condition improved greatly, Lopes disappeared to Honduras to do missionary work.

On April 25, 2002, Lopes was killed in a car crash, leaving behind material that she had recorded for both N.I.N.A and 3D. She was only 30 years old.

Immediately after Lopes' funeral, Watkins and Thomas decided that they would complete the remainder of their fourth album, to be called 3D, which also featured production from Rodney Jerkins, The Neptunes, Raphael Saadiq, Missy Elliott and Timbaland. The decision was also made that TLC would continue on as a duo after the release and promotion of 3D rather than replace Lopes, and they announced in 2009 that they would possibly begin recording a fifth studio album, but still refused to replace Lopes.[15]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producers Length
1. "3D (Intro)"   Dallas Austin Dallas Austin 2:25
2. "Quickie"   Austin, Lisa Lopes, Tionne Watkins Dallas Austin 4:19
3. "Girl Talk"   Edmund Clement, Kandi Burruss, Lopes, Anita McCloud, Watkins Eddie Hustle 3:35
4. "Turntable"   Rodney Jerkins, Watkins, Fred Jerkins, Daniel Moore, LaShawn Daniels, Tomi Martin Rodney Jerkins 3:25
5. "In Your Arms Tonight"   Pharrell Williams The Neptunes 4:25
6. "Over Me"   R. Jerkins, Rozonda Thomas, Kenisha Pratt, Daniel Moore, Tyrell Bing, Lopes Rodney Jerkins 4:17
7. "Hands Up"   Babyface, Daryl Simmons Babyface, Daryl Simmons 3:49
8. "Damaged"   Austin, Watkins Austin 3:51
9. "Dirty Dirty" (featuring Missy Elliott) Missy Elliott, Tim Mosley Timbaland, Missy Elliott 3:40
10. "So So Dumb"   Raphael Saadiq, Watkins, Glenn Standridge, Bobby Ozuna Saadiq (co-produced by Jake & The Phatman) 4:06
11. "Good Love"   Clement, Burruss Hustle 4:12
12. "Hey Hey Hey Hey"   R. Jerkins, Watkins, Burruss Rodney Jerkins 4:05
13. "Give It to Me While It's Hot"   Ray Murray, Rico Wade, Pat Brown, Marqueze Ethridge, Marvin Parkman, Stewart Jordan, Lopes, Thomas Organized Noize Prod. 3:28

Left Eye voice samples[edit]

  • "3D (Intro)"
  • "Girl Talk"
  • "Quickie" – contains voice samples from "Left Pimpin" (leftover from Supernova) and rap from unknown track.
  • "Over Me" – uses different take of verse originally from "I Believe in Me" (from Supernova)
  • "Give It to Me While It's Hot" – reuses second verse from "Friends" (from the Japanese edition of Supernova)
  • "Who's It Gonna Be" – first verse later re-used on "Through the Pain" (from Eye Legacy)
  • "Whoop De Woo" – leftover track, uses verses from "I Need That" (Internet exclusive track from FanMail) and "Gimme Some" (performed by Toni Braxton featuring Left Eye). This track was later included on the compilation Now and Forever: The Hits.

Credits and personnel[edit]


  • Shorty B. – bass
  • Sigurdur "Siggy" Birkis – drums
  • Tom Knight – drums
  • Tomi Martin – guitar
  • Danny O'Donoghue – guitar
  • Tony Reyes – guitar
  • Colin Wolfe – bass
  • Kelvin Wooten – keyboards


  • Executive producers: Antonio M. Reid, Dallas Austin, TLC
  • Producers: Dallas Austin, Babyface, Missy Elliott, Rodney Jerkins, The Neptunes, Organized Noize, Raphael Saadiq, Daryl Simmons, Timbaland
  • Vocal producer: Rodney Jerkins
  • Vocal assistance: Jasper Cameron, Missy Elliott, Tavia Ivey, Marde Johnson, Debra Killings, Mark Pitts
  • Engineers: Carlos "El Loco" Bedoya, Paul Boutin, Leslie Brathwaite, Josh Butler, Andrew Coleman, Sean Davis, John Frye, Morgan Garcia, Brian Garten, Carlton Lynn, Fabian Marasciullo, Rick Sheppard
  • Assistant engineers: Cedric Anderson, Steve Fisher, Tim Lauber, Victor McCoy, Christine Sirois, Rob Skipworth, Craig "Niteman" Taylor
  • Mixing: Gerry "The Gov" Brown, Kevin "KD" Davis, Jimmy Douglas, Jean-Marie Horvat, Rodney Jerkins, Phil Tan, Timbaland
  • Mixing assistance: John Horesco IV, Dion Peters, Tim Roberts, John Tanksely
  • Mastering: Herb Powers
  • A&R: Mark Pitts, Theresa Wilson
  • Design, art direction: Jeffrey Schulz
  • Photography: Guy Aroch, Seb Janiak

Outtakes/Leftover tracks[edit]

  • "I Want Some of That"
  • "Whoop De Woo"
  • "Rainy Dayz"
    • Offered to TLC, but they rejected it. It was later handed to Mary J. Blige for her fifth album No More Drama.[17] T-Boz later commented on this, saying "It wasn't that I didn't like the song, it was more so that I've already been there and done that."
  • "Watch the World"/"Us"
    • The real title is unknown; it was scrapped and completely replaced with "Turntable". A snippet of the first verse was leaked on a studio B-roll recorded in June 2002.[18]
  • "It's On"
    • Unreleased and unheard; the original Left Eye rap was heard on ABC's Primetime during a TLC interview on November 7, 2002.[19]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label
Europe and Japan October 10, 2002 Arista
United States November 12, 2002


Chart (2002) Peak
Billboard 200 6
Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 4
Canadian Albums Chart 31
UK Albums Chart 45
New Zealand Albums Chart 45
German Albums Chart 46
Swiss Albums Chart 47
Dutch Albums Chart 62
Australian Albums Chart 73

Sales and certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[20] Platinum 1,000,000^


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