Chilli Remembers TLC's 'No Scrubs'

The singer reflects on the hit, which went to No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 14 years ago this month.

Left Eye, T-Boz and Chilli of TLC (Scott Gries/Getty Images)

The news that TLC's hit record "No Scrubs" is now 14 years old might make some people feel old.

In April 1999, the catchy song about deadbeats who ride shotgun reached No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100, where it remained for four weeks. But the song has aged well, and as Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas points out in a solo oral history in Esquire magazine, many men still proclaim to her that they aren't the type of guy she and fellow group members T-Boz and Left Eye were talking about.

"The only thing I got tired of was guys telling me they weren't scrubs," she said. "Even to this day, all these years later, I can run into a fan who will say he's not a scrub. I'm like, 'Wow, OK.' "

Other interesting facts she reveals include the song's writer, who is none other than current Real Housewives of Atlanta star, and former Xscape member, Kandi Burruss. 

Read more at Esquire.

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