We wanted to make a song with a strong message — about unprotected sex, being promiscuous, and hanging out in the wrong crowd. The messages in Waterfalls hit home. When it first went to radio, nobody got it. It needed the video to bring the words to life. The moment I did, I knew it would be a hit. The timing was perfect. Organized Noize produced the track. CeeLo Green sang backing vocals — way before he was a big star. P Diddy did some interludes on the album, CrazySexyCool, too. But obviously, once our voices got on there, it became a TLC record.
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Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas, singer
The song was released as the third single from the album on May 29, , in the United States, followed by a United Kingdom release on August 5, Often considered the group's signature song , "Waterfalls" was an international hit, topping the charts in many different territories. The song spent seven weeks at No. The song was the No. Jarett E. With a million-dollar budget, the video was an MTV staple credited for giving the single much of its success. TLC was the first African-American act to ever receive the trophy. He sang on the track and it was amazing! I love his voice.
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But we were very adamant about doing a video for the song. We have to do this! What do you mean?