Playlist: Left Eye
Left Eye died 15 years ago and I wanted to collect all of my favorite verses from her in one playlist.
I might be in the minority, but I’m a much bigger fan of Left Eye earlier in her career. The longer she was in the game, the lower her voice got and the more philosophical her rhymes became to the point where, honestly, some of her most classic rhymes I still be like “…what?” I don’t she was getting the respect she deserved as a lyricist because she was cute, in a group, and sounded like a little girl. The other women in rap were a lot harder than she was and instead of staying true to what I thought made her unique, she changed her style to meet theirs and it wasn’t quite as successful, to me anyway.
I put these songs in chronological order, but I wanted to put this video for “Freedom” (1995) at the top because you can really see how unique she was alongside other Queens of Rap at the time. "Freedom" was the theme from Panther and the original R&B version featured artists like Monica, Vanessa Williams, TLC, En Vogue, SWV, etc. An alternative Rap Version was produced and shot as well featuring Queen Latifah, Yo-Yo, Patra, MC Lyte, Me'Shell Ndegeocello, Salt N Pepa and another artist I don’t recognize. Unfortunately it’s not on Spotify so I can’t add it to my playlist, but you should find it and download it. It’s one of my favorite moments in Left Eye’s discography.