Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Lisa “Left-Eye" Lopes - Eye Legacy

It’s been seven years since the death of Lisa “Left-Eye” Lopes, who was the former member of Atlanta’s hottest hip-hop group, TLC. Lopes’s second solo album, Eye Legacy, was released on January 26, 2009.

Most of the songs on this album are re-releases from her first album SuperNova. The only difference is that the songs have been remixed and the guest appearances as well as the track titles have been changed.

Eye Legacy is much better than her 2001 album, SuperNova, which was never released in the United States and the international sales of the album didn’t do so well.

This album is worth buying for the hip-hop/R&B beats, especially for the track “Crank It” featuring Lopes’ little sister, Reigndrop Lopes. I like this song because it has a club-like sound to it.

Most people will enjoy the song “Block Party” featuring Lil Mama, because the lyrics are pretty catchy.

The song “In The Life” featuring Bobby Valentino, Lopes discusses about what her life was like growing up. She mentions her difficult life as a rebellious teenager and how she felt misunderstood by the media after becoming a famous rapper.

The best songs in this album are: Lopes’s first single “Let’s Just Do It” featuring TLC’s Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, and rapper Missy Elliott; the track “Spread Your Wings” featuring Free; “Bounce” featuring Chamillionaire and Bone Crusher; and “Legendary.”

Eye Legacy also includes a Bonus DVD that contains never before scene footage of Lopes’s documentary, The Last Days of Left Eye, which aired on VH1 in 2007.

The documentary was filmed in 2002 in Honduras, where Lopes had spent her last days on a spiritual quest for inner peace and tranquility. While filming a scene, Lopes and a few of her friends were involved in a car accident. Lopes was the only person that did not survive the crash.

A percentage of the proceeds from the album’s sales will go to the Lisa Lopes Foundation and to her orphanage in Honduras.

It is disappointing that most of tracks on Eye Legacy have already been released but just remixed so that they can be re-released again. But some people may not know this if you have never heard the SuperNova album.

Regardless of some critics’ negative comments about Eye Legacy, fans of Lopes will greatly appreciate this album.

Reviewer's Rating: 6 out of 10

Reviewer: Bridget Campos

Originally posted on February 2, 2009

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