It’s hard to believe that more than a decade has passed since TLC released the infectious single “No Scrubs.” Nevertheless, the group is celebrating the 15th anniversary of the song landing atop the Billboard Hot 100 on April 10, 1999.
Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas tells Billboard.com that she knew the song, which spent four consecutive weeks atop the chart, would be a smash hit.
“I totally loved it,” Chilli says. “I knew immediately. I went, ‘This is a smash.’ And I was like, ‘I gotta get it.’ There were probably three more cuss words in there, and I was like, ‘Guys, I’m gonna take these out and only leave two in there.’ [Laughs] That’s the only thing I changed. Other than that, I thought it was a great song.”
Chilli also explains why the record appealed to both women and men, despite it being a male-bashing song. “To me, it’s one of those songs that guys — especially if you’re a guy’s guy — you like it, but you don’t want anybody to know you like it,” she says. “You can’t help but like it. It’s a great song. A lot of guys, especially the ones who are like, ‘I’m no scrub,’ they’re like, ‘I can jam to it because they’re not talking about me.'”
“No Scrubs” appears on TLC’s 1999 album, FanMail.
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