"Creep" is the first single from TLC's iconic CrazySexyCool album. It was a switch from their original sound, and it caught with audiences, giving the female group their first #1 hit and a Grammy in 1996. "Creep" is about a woman discovering her man's infidelity, then cheating on him as payback. The song was inspired by T-Boz's recent experience with her boyfriend, but that wasn't the only time TLC members were cheated on.
TLC were cheated by their management time and time again. They're one of the most famous examples of the infamous 360 deal that has suckered many musicians. Signed to LaFace Records, owned by L.A. Reid, they were managed by Reid's wife, Pebbles. The initial deal gave the Reid's ownership over the group's name, a large percentage of their publishing, and committed them to LaFace for eight albums. It's rumoured that throughout the nineties, as the trio pumped out hits, they were each taking home $50,000 a year — pennies compared to what they were making the Reids and LaFace.
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About the curator - Cormac McGee
Cormac McGee is a DJ, artist manager and concert promoter based in Toronto, Canada. He’s played in front of crowds from 10 – 1,000 people and has run concerts with some of today’s top hip hop artists, including Drake, Future, Mac Miller, 6lack, Ab-Soul and more. He also runs the Music Den at Ryerson University, a business incubator for entrepreneurs in the music industry.