As T-Boz and Chilli note, this FINAL album is the first studio that just the two of them will make, since the untimely death of bandmate Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes in 2002 ("Of course, Lisa's spirit will always be present in our music. That will never change," they write). Since that time, they've performed together, released best-ofs and one-offs, but in 2009 they said they were going to start working on new music. There have been rumors that this new album will include collaborations with Lady Gaga and Lil' Mama (the latter played Left Eye in the Vh1 TLC movie). In December they released a Christmas song.
TLC has put their goal at $150,000 by February 19, and say they're working with "many key members from our original team (we're looking at you KANDI BURRUSS!)":
Every penny we raise during this campaign will go towards MAKING this final album together with you! The initial goal of $150,000 will go towards a writing session in the studio with a producer and engineer. The money beyond that will go to booking music producers, writing sessions, mixing sessions, recording sessions, and SO much more.
Why Kickstarter? Control. "While major labels offer artists multimillion dollar recording and marketing budgets, they don't often give artists complete control of their own music," the duo writes. "It is ESSENTIAL that we create our final album completely on our own terms, without any restrictions, with YOU."
Depending on what you pledge, there are some pretty dope options available for the ultimate TLC fan. $7,500 will get you a photoshoot with the band, while $5,000 gets you a slumber party with T-Boz or Chilli. Crazy. Sexy. Cool. (Sorry.)