"No Scrubs" is a song recorded by American girl groupTLC for their third studio album FanMail (1999). Released on January 23, 1999 as the album's first single, "No Scrubs" became TLC's third number-one single and eighth top 10 single on the Billboard Hot 100. It also earned them their second Grammy nomination for Record of the Year. The version containing Left Eye's rap as heard in the video was not included on the album FanMail, but could be purchased on the international CD single, and later on Now and Forever: The Hits and 20.
"No Scrubs" is one of TLC's signature songs and was the second biggest Hot 100 single of 1999, according to Billboard 's Year-End Charts. The single was certified Platinum in the UK and New Zealand. Lead vocals were performed by TLC member Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas, with background vocals credited to Chilli, Debra Killings, and former Xscape members Kandi Burruss and Tameka Cottle who also wrote the song.
"No Scrubs" climbed into the U.S. top ten as an airplay only song and jumped to number one upon the single release. The single stayed at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks from April 10, 1999, to May 7, 1999. The single stayed in the Top Ten of the Billboard Hot 100 for 24 consecutive weeks.
"No Scrubs" airplay was at the time astonishing; it was the very first song to peak with over 140 million audience impressions and was crowned the Top Airplay Song of 1999. It holds the record for most weeks at number 1 on the Rhythmic Top 40 with 15 weeks.
In Australia, "No Scrubs" was a huge success, spending seven consecutive weeks at the summit of that country's chart from May 2 - June 20, 1999.
The futuristic music video, directed by Hype Williams, was shot on March 18, 1999, and also received massive airplay on MTV, and won the group the 1999 MTV Video Music Award for Best Group Video, beating out favorites NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys. Each member had a set in the video. The video also has a dance sequence where the women dance in front of the "TLC" logo. The Main Mix is used in the video instead of the album version.
The video features the women in three different outfits: white, black, silver and Left Eye in blue. When there are shots of the women together they have two different outfits: black and silver. T-Boz's hair is fuchsia in the video. It also features a scene of Chilli on a swing singing. It also features T-Boz dancing as well as Left Eye. As Left Eye's rap begins, she is in a garage-like place with white clothes on while rapping. It also shows her practicing fighting moves in a futuristic blue outfit. One of the final scenes shows TLC fighting each other, while also dancing and having fun. The video is stylistically similar to Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson's music video Scream.
On T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle songwriter Tameka "Tiny" Harris was honored an ASCAP Woman Behind the Music award in the episode "It Takes Two to Hustle" and one of the things mentioned was "her work with TLC" as the song was indirectly referenced.
Bastille covered this song in a remix of the original TLC song along with The xx song Angels, the track was called "No Angels", from their mixtape - Other People's Heartache Pt.2.