What About Your Friends

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"What About Your Friends"
TLC - What About Your Friends cover.png
Single by TLC
from the album Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip
ReleasedAugust 28, 1992 (1992-08-28)
Length4:00 (radio edit without rap)
4:06 (radio edit with rap)
4:55 (album version)
TLC singles chronology
"What About Your Friends"
"Hat 2 da Back"

"What About Your Friends" is TLC's third single from their debut album, Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip. It reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the group's third consecutive top-ten single. The single was released in August 28, 1992. A remix to the single, titled "What About Your Friends (Extended Mix)" includes the first ever appearance by the Atlanta hip-hop group Outkast.


"What About Your Friends" was written by Dallas Austin and TLC member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes,[2] and features lead vocals by T-Boz. The song samples Blues & Pants by James Brown.

Music video[edit]

The main performance scenes of the video are the girls walking in an alley surrounded by backup dancers, underneath a bridge, on an outside staircase, on an apartment roof, in a slushie bar and wearing graffiti clothes in front of a graffiti-covered wall. Two versions of the video were made: one focuses on more of the performance shots of the girls and scenes of them infiltrating a stylish fashion show, while the other features scenes of a party in a big park where the girls are being very happy, dancing and having fun with their friends and some family members; including a scene of them reprising their roles as hillbillies from the "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" video at the end. Jermaine Dupri makes a cameo appearance.

Commercial performance[edit]

The song reached number seven on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the group's third consecutive top ten single,[3] and reached No. 2 on the Hot R&B Singles chart, behind "Games" by Chuckii Booker. The single was certified gold by the RIAA.[4] In the United Kingdom, "What About Your Friends" peaked at No. 59.[5]



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