Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip

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Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip
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Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 25, 1992 (1992-02-25)
RecordedApril–December 1991
Studio
Genre
Length55:32
LabelLaFace
Producer
TLC chronology
Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip
(1992)
CrazySexyCool
(1994)
Singles from Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip
  1. "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg"
    Released: November 22, 1991
  2. "Baby-Baby-Baby"
    Released: May 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 by American girl group TLC. It was released on February 25, 1992, by LaFace Records. The title of the album comes from the last line of Left Eye's rap on "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg".

The album peaked at number 14 on the US Billboard 200 and has been certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), denoting shipments in excess of four million copies in the United States. The album is TLC's third most successful album (after CrazySexyCool and FanMail, respectively), selling over six million copies worldwide.

Background[edit]

TLC signed their first contract with LaFace Records on February 28, 1991 (amended April 3, 1991 with Thomas)[3] and began production on their debut album. For the album, TLC collaborated with Babyface, L.A. Reid, Dallas Austin, Da Funky Bunch, Jermaine Dupri and Marley Marl, who helped Lopes with the songwriting. Production finished in December 1991.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[5]
Entertainment WeeklyA[6]
Robert Christgau(neither)[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[8]

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."[6] 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."[5]

Commercial performance[edit]

Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip reached number 14 on the US Billboard 200 and number three on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.[9][10] It was certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on May 1, 1996,[11] and by October 2003, it had sold 2.5 million copies in the United States.[12] The album had sold over six million copies worldwide as of December 2011.[13]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Intro"  0:30
2."Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg"Austin5:36
3."Shock Dat Monkey"
5:08
4."Intermission I"  0:19
5."Hat 2 da Back"
  • Austin
  • Lopes
  • Kevin Wales
Austin4:16
6."Das da Way We Like 'Em"Marl5:01
7."What About Your Friends"
  • Austin
  • Lopes
Austin4:53
8."His Story"AustinAustin4:23
9."Intermission II"  0:59
10."Bad by Myself"
  • Dupri
  • Da Funky Bunch
3:55
11."Somethin' You Wanna Know"
  • Simmons
  • Babyface
  • Reid
  • Lopes
  • Kayo
  • Simmons
  • Kayo
5:43
12."Baby-Baby-Baby"
  • Reid
  • Babyface
  • Simmons
  • Reid
  • Babyface
  • Simmons
5:15
13."This Is How It Should Be Done"
  • Lopes
  • Marl
Marl4:27
14."Depend on Myself"
  • Austin
  • Lopes
Austin4:11
15."Conclusion"  0:48

Notes

  • ^a signifies a co-producer

Sample credits

Personnel[edit]

Information taken from AllMusic.[14]

  • Constance Armstrong – coordination
  • Dallas Austin – arranger, mixing, producer, shouts, keyboards, drum programming, bass, guitar
  • Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds – executive producer, keyboards, synthesizer, producer
  • Mary Brown – background vocals
  • Marie Davis – hair stylist
  • Da Funky Bunch – producer
  • Jermaine Dupri – arranger, instrumentation, mixing, producer, programming, vocal arrangement
  • Mitch Eaton – assistant engineer
  • Melvin "E-locc" Davis – shouts
  • Dionne Farris – vocal arrangement, background vocals
  • Fabian Ford – shouts
  • Frank Heller – engineer
  • Seldon "Big Wally" Henderson – strings
  • Kevin "Kayo" Roberson – synthesized bass, producer, background vocals
  • John Kellman-Grier – make-up
  • Debra Killings – background vocals
  • Michael Lavine – photography
  • Darren Lighty – keyboards, programming
  • Calvin Lowery – art direction, design
  • Marley Marl – arranger, mixing, producer
  • Marsha McClurkin – background vocals
  • John Pace – engineer
  • Brandi Parisi – assistant engineer
  • Donald Parks – MIDI programming
  • Herb Powers – mastering
  • Darin Prindle – engineer
  • Antonio "L.A." Reid – drum programming, mixing, percussion, producer, executive producer
  • Perri Reid – art coordinator
  • John Rogers – assistant engineer
  • Thom Russo - assistant engineer
  • Steve "Stizz" S'berg – assistant engineer
  • Rick Sheppard – programming, sampling
  • Daryl "DeRock" Simmons – keyboards, vocal arrangement, producer
  • Davett Singletary – art coordinator
  • Alvin Speights – engineer, mixing
  • Matt Still – assistant engineer, mixing assistant
  • Phil Tan – assistant engineer, mixing assistant
  • TLC – concept, primary artist, shouts, background vocals
  • Nycolia "Tye-V" Turman – background vocals
  • Kevin Wales – shouts
  • Dave Way – mixing
  • Yvette Whitaker – coordination
  • Xavier "X-Man" Hargrove – sampling, scratching, additional drum programming
  • Jim "Z" Zumpano – engineer, mixing assistant

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[21] Platinum 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[11] 4× Platinum 2,500,000[12]

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Ooooooohhh... On the Video Tip[edit]

Ooooooohhh... On the Video Tip
Video by
ReleasedNovember 7, 1993 (1993-11-07)
Recorded1991–1993
Length
LabelLaFace
Director
Producer
  • Lionel C. Martin
  • Matthew Rolston
TLC chronology
Ooooooohhh... On the Video Tip
(1993)
CrazyVideoCool
(1996)

Oooooooohhh... On the Video Tip is a compilation video album by TLC, contaning all the music videos made for the group's debut album, as well as making-of features for the videos "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg", "Hat 2 da Back", "Baby-Baby-Baby", "Get It Up", "What About Your Friends" and "Sleigh Ride". Additional material includes, interviews, live performances and specially filmed segues. The compilation peaked at number seven on Billboard's Top Music Videos chart.[22]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleDirector(s)Length
1."Ooooooohhh on the Video Tip" (intro)Joseph Kahn2:11
2."Ooooooohhh... on the TLC Interview"Faith Jones6:20
3."Behind the Scenes – Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg"Lionel C. Martin4:30
4."Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" (music video)Lionel C. Martin4:10
5."Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" (live)Thompson Lennier3:30
6."Behind the Scenes – What About Your Friends"Matthew Rolston2:55
7."What About Your Friends" (music video)Matthew Rolston4:20
8."Baby-Baby-Baby" (music video)
4:10

Bonus[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1992) Peak
position
US Top Music Videos (Billboard)[22] 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hurley, Sally-Anne (November 14, 2014). "Inside TLC's Game-Changing Album 'CrazySexyCool'". theMusic.com.au. Retrieved August 4, 2016.
  2. ^ Platon, Adelle (February 24, 2017). "'We're TLC and We Just Tell It Like It Is': Chilli on Trio's Unfiltered Debut 'Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip' 25 Years Later". Billboard. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
  3. ^ https://www.scribd.com/document/357000004/Perri-Pebbles-Reid-v-Viacom-Defendants-Rule-56-1-Statement-of-Undisputed-Material-Facts-in-Support-of-Its-Motion-for-Summary-Judgment
  4. ^ "OUR GEORGIA HISTORY – TLC". OurGeorgiaHistory.com. Retrieved 2009-06-01.
  5. ^ a b Huey, Steve. "Ooooooohhh...On the TLC Tip – TLC". AllMusic. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
  6. ^ a b Tucker, Ken (1992-04-17). "Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip – Music – EW.com". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2010-06-08.
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: TLC". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 2012-05-31.
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  10. ^ a b "TLC Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved June 15, 2019.
  11. ^ a b "American album certifications – TLC – Ooooooohhh...On the TLC Tip". Recording Industry Association of America. May 1, 1996. Retrieved June 15, 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  12. ^ a b Caulfield, Keith (October 22, 2003). "Ask Billboard: With the 'Greatest' Tender Loving Care". Billboard. Retrieved March 25, 2013.
  13. ^ "Vh1 Plans Scripted TLC Biopic, First of Several to Come". Vibe. December 1, 2011. Retrieved September 29, 2015.
  14. ^ "allmusic ((( Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip > Credits )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-06-09.
  15. ^ "Australian Top 100 Albums Chart – Week Ending 23 Aug 1992 (61–100)". The Australian Record Industry Association. Retrieved June 30, 2019 – via Imgur.
  16. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 1924". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved June 15, 2019.
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  18. ^ "R&B/Hip-Hop Albums – Year-End 1992". Billboard. Archived from the original on February 7, 2016. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  19. ^ "Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 1993". Billboard. Archived from the original on June 17, 2017. Retrieved June 15, 2019.
  20. ^ "R&B/Hip-Hop Albums – Year-End 1993". Billboard. Archived from the original on April 6, 2016. Retrieved June 15, 2019.
  21. ^ "Canadian album certifications – TLC – Ooooohhh...On the TLC Tip". Music Canada. June 21, 1993. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  22. ^ a b "TLC Chart History: Music Video Sales". Billboard. Retrieved June 30, 2019.