3D (TLC album)
|Studio album by TLC|
|Released||November 12, 2002
(see release history)
|Recorded||November 2001—September 2002|
|Genre||R&B, hip hop|
57:43 (Bonus tracks version)
|Label||Arista & LaFace Records|
|Producer||Dallas Austin, Babyface, Missy Elliott, Rodney Jerkins, The Neptunes, Organized Noize, Raphael Saadiq, Daryl Simmons, Timbaland|
|Singles from 3D|
3D is the fourth studio album by American girl-group TLC. It was released by Arista Records on November 12, 2002, 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, selling 143,000 copies sold in its first week of release. 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.
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."
T-Boz and Chilli declined to take up the "Challenge", 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". 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." 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 began 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 recorded some verses for songs in 3D. In April 2002, as Watkins' condition improved greatly, Lopes disappeared to Honduras to do missionary work. Watkins and Thomas began plotting their next moves as a duo.
On April 25, 2002, Lopes was killed in a car crash leaving behind material that she had recorded for her own solo album (which was eventually cancelled) and for TLC's fourth studio album. She was just 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; ultimately, this possibility of a new studio album did not materialize until 2013.
|1.||"3D (Intro)"||Dallas Austin||Dallas Austin||2:25|
|2.||"Quickie"||Austin, Lisa Lopes, Tionne Watkins||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||R. Jerkins||4:17|
|7.||"Hands Up"||Babyface, Daryl Simmons||Babyface, Daryl Simmons||3:49|
|9.||"Dirty Dirty"||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||R. 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|
|Japan Bonus Track Version|
Left Eye Voice Samples
- "3D" (Intro)
- "Girl Talk"
- "Quickie" – contains samples from "Left Pimpin" (from N.I.N.A)
- "Over Me" – uses re-recorded verse originally from "I Believe in Me" (from Supernova)
- "Give It to Me While It's Hot" – uses second verse from "Friends" (from Supernova)
Credits and personnel
- 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
- "It's Alright"
- Leaked to UK radio station in February 2002 before album release
- "I Want Some of That"
- "Whoop De Woo"
- Released on Now and Forever: The Hits
- "Who's It Gonna Be?"
- Leaked in Feb 2002; first verse was re-used on "Through the Pain" (from Eye Legacy)
|United States||November 12, 2002||Arista & LaFace|
|Japan & Europe||October 10, 2002||Arista|
|Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums||4|
|Canada Top 50 Albums||31|
|UK Albums Chart||45|
|New Zealand Top 50 Albums||45|
|Germany Top 100 Albums||46|
|Switzerland Top 100 Albums||47|
|Netherland Top 100 Albums||62|
Sales and certifications
|United States (RIAA)||Platinum||1,000,000^|
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