Release Date: Jan 27, 2009
Record label: Mass Appeal
Genre(s): Rap, R&B
One of the natural reactions to a release like this -- studio scraps and otherwise unfinished material reanimated with new productions and patched-in guest spots, all for the sake of a "new album" from a late artist -- is, of course, horror. Would Lopes approve of these vocal efforts being polished up, without her input, for release? Would she approve of the productions and the "collaborators"? There's some relief in knowing that a portion of the sales will be going to Lopes' charity for Honduran children, and the album was clearly put together with a lot of love and respect. It neither looks nor sounds like an opportunistic release.
We hate to speak ill of the departed, but there’s not much nice to say about the late TLC rapper’s Stateside debut. Eye Legacy is but another posthumous compilation matching a much-missed talent’s unused vocals (many from an eight-year-old solo album that only came out overseas) with tinny new beats and random guests. Listening to these studio cook-ups is enough to make anyone nostalgic for the style and spunk that Lisa Lopes brought to TLC’s ’90s albums.