TLC‘s twenty year career is one that spans across MTV’s entire video area. From the very beginnings (“Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg”) when the network just found its footing and become the go-to network as a way to discover new music to the height of music videos (“Waterfalls”) when budgets went through the rough as did the special effects and scale and finally, to a time (“No Scrubs”) when T.R.L. controlled what was hot and what was not. These are TLC’s five best videos brought to you in GIF form.
Kicking things off is TLC’s first video and single, “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg,” that introduced fans to the trio soon to be taking over R&B. The video was fun, funky, and relaxed – the very definition of TLC at the time – and would later serve as inspiration for Usher’s “My Way” and Kanye West’s “Good Time.” (Okay, that may not be entirely true, but the visual aesthetic is there.)
While the song promoted the idea of sexually confident women, it also took the time to promote safe sex – something that would resurface later in their career.
Up next: “Creep”
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