Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip

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Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip
Studio album by TLC
Released February 25, 1992
Recorded June—December 1991
Genre R&B, hip hop, new jack swing
Length 55:21
Label LaFace, Arista
Producer Babyface (exec.), L.A. Reid (exec.), Dallas Austin, De Funky Bunch, Jermaine Dupri, Marley Marl
TLC chronology
Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip
Singles from Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip
  1. "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg"
    Released: November 22, 1991
  2. "Baby-Baby-Baby"
    Released: April 29, 1992
  3. "What About Your Friends"
    Released: August 28, 1992
  4. "Hat 2 da Back"
    Released: September 3, 1992

Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip is the debut studio album from American R&B group TLC, released February 25, 1992 on LaFace Records. The title of the album comes from the last line of Left Eye's raps on "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg", "Das Da Way We Like 'Em" and "Hat 2 Da Back".

The album peaked at number 14 on the US Billboard 200 chart. By May 1996, it was certified quadruple-platinum by the RIAA for shipping four million copies in the United States.


TLC signed their first contract with LaFace Records in 1991 and began production on their debut album. For the album, TLC collaborated with Babyface, L.A. Reid, Dallas Austin, De Funky Bunch, Jermaine Dupri and Marley Marl, who helped Lopes with the songwriting. Production finished in December 1991.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly (A)[2]

The album was mostly praised by music critics. Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly praised the effort as well as the group and its message, calling TLC "a perfect pop group for the times."[2] In a fairly positive review, Steve Huey of Allmusic states that "although it's uneven, the best moments of On the TLC Tip deserved their popularity, and set the stage for the group's blockbuster success the next time out."[1]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album peaked at 14 on the US Billboard 200 and reached the third spot on the R&B Albums chart.[3] According to Nielsen SoundScan it sold 2.5 million copies in the US.[4] It was eventually certified 4× Platinum by the RIAA for shipping four million copies in the US.[5]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Sample(s)[6][7] Length
1. "Intro"       0:30
2. "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg"   Dallas Austin, Lisa Lopes   5:36
3. "Shock Dat Monkey"   Babyface, Lopes, Reid, Simmons
  • "Funky Drummer" by James Brown
  • "Funky President (People It's Bad)" by James Brown
  • "Get Me Back on Time, Engine Number 9, Pt. 1" by Wilson Pickett
  • "The Champ" by The Mowhawks
  • "Kool is Back" by Funk, Inc.
  • "Impeach the President" by The Honeydrippers
  • "God Make Me Funky" by The Headhunters feat. Pointer Sisters
4. "Intermission I"       0:19
5. "Hat 2 da Back"   Austin, Lopes
  • "Big Ole Butt" by LL Cool J
  • "Sing a Simple Song" by Sly and the Family Stone
  • "What Makes You Happy" by KC and the Sunshine Band
  • "Hihache" by Lafayette Afro Rock Band
  • "Synthetic Sudstitution" by Melvin Bliss
  • "Here We Go" (Live at The Funhouse) by RUN-DMC
  • "Poetry" by Boogie Down Productions
  • "Shut the Eff Up!"(Hoe) by MC Lyte
6. "Das Da Way We Like 'Em"   Austin, Lopes, Marley Marl, Thomas 5:01
7. "What About Your Friends"   Austin, Lopes
  • "Blues and Pants" by James Brown
  • "Sing a Simple Song" by Sly and the Family Stone
8. "His Story"   Austin   4:23
9. "Intermission II"       0:59
10. "Bad by Myself"   Dupri, Farris, Lopes, Shelton
  • "Last Night Changed It All" by Esther Williams
  • "Peace Is Not the Word to Play" by Main Source
  • "Peter Piper" by Run-D.M.C.
  • "Welcome to the Terrordome" by Public Enemy
11. "Somethin' You Wanna Know"   Babyface, Kayo, Lopes, Reid, Simmons   5:43
12. "Baby-Baby-Baby"   Babyface, Reid, Simmons   5:15
13. "This Is How It Should Be Done"   Lopes, Marley Marl 4:27
14. "Depend on Myself"   Austin, Lopes
  • "Humpin'" by The Bar-Kays
  • "Son of Shaft" by The Bar-Kays
  • "The Assembly Line" by Commodores
  • "Scorpio" by Dennis Coffey And The Detroit Guitar Band
15. "Conclusion"   Lopes   0:48

Chart history[edit]


Chart (1992)[3] Peak
US Billboard 200 14
US Heatseekers 2
US R&B Albums 3

Sales and certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[8] 4× Platinum 4,000,000^


Year Single Peak chart positions[9]
US Billboard Hot 100 US Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks US Rhythmic Top 40 US Top 40 Mainstream
1992 "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" 6 1 2
"Baby-Baby-Baby" 2 19 1 2 9
"What About Your Friends" 7 5 2 1 18
"Hat 2 da Back" 30 26 14 14
"—" denotes single that did not chart.


Information taken from Allmusic.[10]

  • arranging – Dallas Austin, Jermaine Dupri, Dionne Farris, Marley Marl, Daryl "DeRock" Simmons
  • art coordination – Davett Singletary
  • art direction – Calvin Lowery
  • assistant engineering – Mitch Eaton, Brandi Parisi, John Rogers, Steve "Stizz" S'berg, Matt Still, Phil Tan
  • bass – Kayo
  • concept – TLC
  • coordination – Constance Armstrong, Yvette Whitaker
  • design – Calvin Lowery
  • drum programming – Rick Sheppard, L.A. Reid, Donald K. Parks, Darren Lighty, Jermaine Dupri, Kayo
  • engineering – Frank Heller, John Pace, Darin Prindle, Alvin Speights, Jim "Z" Zumpano
  • executive production – Babyface, L.A. Reid
  • keyboards – Babyface, Darren Lighty, Daryl Simmons
  • make-up – John Grier-Kellman
  • mastering – Herb Powers
  • mixing – Dallas Austin, Jermaine Dupri, Marley Marl, Alvin Speights, Matt Still, Phil Tan, Dave Way, Jim "Z" Zumpano
  • photography – Michael Lavine
  • production – Dallas Austin, De Funky Bunch, Jermaine Dupri, Marley Marl
  • sampling – Rick Sheppard, X-Man
  • scratching – X-Man
  • shouts – Dallas Austin, Fabian Ford, TLC, Kevin Wales
  • strings – Seldon "Big Wally" Henderson
  • vocal arranging – Jermaine Dupri, Daryl "DeRock" Simmons
  • vocals (background) – Mary Brown, Kayo, Debra Killings, Marsha McClurkin, TLC


  1. ^ a b Huey, Steve. "allmusic ((( Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip > Review )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-06-08. 
  2. ^ a b Tucker, Ken (1992-04-17). "Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip – Music –". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2010-06-08. 
  3. ^ a b "allmusic ((( Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-02-01. 
  4. ^ Keith Caulfield. "Ask Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved October 3, 2010. 
  5. ^ "American certifications – On the TLC Tip". Recording Industry Association of America. 
  6. ^ "Rap Sample FAQ - Quick FAQ Search: TLC". Retrieved 06-08-2010.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  7. ^ Credits as per liner notes for Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip album
  8. ^ "American album certifications – TLC – "On the TLC Tip"". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved August 3, 2013.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  9. ^ "allmusic ((( Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-06-09. 
  10. ^ "allmusic ((( Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip > Credits )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-06-09. 

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