10. TLC “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg”
From Ooooooohhh…On The TLC Tip
Released: November 22, 1991
This song and video kicked off the TLC story and what has now become legend. Left Eye was front-and-center letting the world know these 20-somethings (at the time) were spunky, funky, and not afraid to take healthy sexuality head-on. The lyricism and presentation were sexy, but not raunchy (though some might disagree).
With the Cross Colours garb, doubled-up pants, suspenders, and hats they spawned imitators who often imitated, but never duplicated. Tomboyish yet feminine, with the bright colors, they struck a chord with their natural chemistry, playful and over-the-top attitudes, and mostly with their hard-to-resist funky-sexy music.
I remember there was a nightly radio countdown in my hometown of El Paso, Texas. The 9 at 9 on Power 102. I was a high school freshman. Once I had seen the video and I was hooked on TLC right off the bat, I listened to that countdown some days in a row to make sure “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg” was Number 1. And it was – a few times. Here, it’s Number 10. Check it out!
NOTE: These lyrics were a little provocative and I was only a freshman, though I probably didn’t think so at the time. Wow! What we listen to as kids. I will say, I think as an LGBT adolescent and a man (I don’t really want to label myself, but I will to make this point) there’s is something about sexually-assertive, sexually-positive straight female pop divas that is empowering, inspiring, and enlightening (ahem…Madonna, Janet, TLC for myself). I mean, we do like the same thing and can’t always express our sexuality as easily or unrestrictedly as straight men can. But, I’m sure I’m not the only one that feels that way.