Nelly and TLC's Chilli on the Power of Nostalgia and Evolving With the Times

March 14, 2019

By Chloe Aiello

Nostalgia for the late '90s and early 2000s is strong ーespecially among millennials. And, let's be honest, it's far easier ー and less embarrassing ー to queue up an old school banger than to risk bringing back ultra low cut jeans.

Multi-platinum rapper Cornell Iral Haynes Jr., who goes by Nelly, and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas of TLC, one of the best selling girl bands of all time, represent two very important fixtures of R&B pop. Chilli told Cheddar they're blessed to have "longevity" and "timeless" music ー but the nostalgia goes deeper than that.

"We've kind of been that footnote as far as raising a lot of the people that are running the world today," Nelly told Cheddar. "So when people get a chance to go back and revisit their memories, a lot of it is told through our music."

The Grammy award-winning artists may love their heyday, but they aren't stuck in the past. Nelly said it is important for today's musicians to evolve, especially when it comes to distributing their music through new mediums like Spotify and Vevo.

"Everybody is scared of evolution, like, things change," he said.

"Nothing can stay the same. Everything evolves and you either go with the times or you don't," Chilli said.

Speaking of the future, the two have a lot planned. Chilli is busy working on television projects with TLC, as well as a TLC musical ー which requires new music. She said the musical will hinge on stories the band never told for their VH1 biopic, "CrazySexyCool."

"It's going to be very emotional, but a good ride," she said.

The two also announced a North American tour together with Flo Rida this summer.

"We have so many cool surprises for everybody, it's going to be very different," Chilli teased.