“Dreams are hopeless aspirations, in hopes of coming true, believe in yourself, the rest is up to me and you.”
A nonconformist in her own sense, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes –– who celebrated her nickname by wearing a black mark; often a wrapped condom, in keeping with the group’s promotion of safe sex –– incomparably waxed poetic over TLC’s hit singles, including “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg,” “What About Your Friends,” “Hat 2 da Back,” “No Scrubs,” “Waterfalls” and “Girl Talk.” The baby-faced femcee appeared mousy in stature, but packed a brazen attitude every time she spewed a rap lick.
Eleven years ago today, Left Eye passed away during a mission trip to La Ceiba, Honduras. Left Eye, after losing control of a Mitsubishi Montero Sport, died of neck injuries and severe head trauma. She was the only person fatally injured in the accident.
It’s no secret that the Philly native was on a spiritual retreat. Having been vocal about her personal life and difficult past, Left Eye battled demons from her alcoholism and relationship with football wide receiver Andre Rison. The Last Days of Left Eye is the documentary directed by Lauren Lazin, that centered around the life of Left Eye and chronicled her spiritual retreat in Honduras. The documentary makes for a gripping film as her life was being videotaped up until moments before the crash.
Anyone who loved Left Eye knew she was a force majeure that trail-blazed her way into the Hip-hop culture and helped pave the way for female rappers today. Indeed crazy, sexy, cool –– our dearly departed garnered four Grammy Awards for her work with bandmates T-Boz and Chilli.
“Energy never dies… It just transforms.” May she rest in peace.