Label: Arista - 74321 68253 2,LaFace Records - 74321 68253 2 • Format: CD Maxi-Single • Country: Europe • Genre: Electronic, Hip Hop • Style: RnB/Swing, Synth-pop
Long time contributor Dallas Austin helped Watkins adapt the poem into an empowering song for their female fan base to overcome feelings of physical inadequacy.
The song would mark the group's fourth and final US number-one single on the Billboard Hotspending three weeks TLC - Unpretty the chart, and the second consecutive number-one single from the album, following " No Scrubs ". Worldwide, the song reached number one in Iceland for a week and peaked within the top five in Australia, Canada, Ireland and New Zealand. Two versions of the remix were made, one containing a rap verse by Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes and one without the rap. Tionne Watkins was in hospital when she conceived the idea of the song after watching an episode of Ricki Lakein which the men on the show called women TLC - Unpretty pigs".
Watkins wrote the song out as a poem and gave it to Dallas Austin to record in the booth. Austin wanted to incorporate TLC's music into a folk and alternative sound.
He wrote the song out as TLC - Unpretty " acoustic -driven pop song" in order for people to conceive TLC as an established group. VH1 described the song as having an " alternative rock vibe". The group's official YouTube channel contains a shortened version of the video, released to an all-ages audience as "Children's Version" that removes both Watkins and Lopes' solo storylines, and some of Valley Of Thorns - Earth Ship* - Hollowed scenes that were considered as too explicit.
The video begins with TLC entering a meditation hut. As the three women begin to meditate, a probe camera is released to record images of struggles in daily life, which ties together vignettes of several different stories relating to the song's lyrics. Several shots of TLC meditating and in a pink and purple field of flowers are shown intermittently throughout the video. The main set of vignettes features a young woman, portrayed by band member Frere Jacques (Mix 2) - So What?
- Broeder Jacoband an overweight teenager played by actress Tamika Katon-Donegal. However, after she sees another patient in the hospital played by actress Jade Valerie getting her implants painfully removed, the woman flees the hospital in fear, and TLC - Unpretty later shown fighting with her boyfriend when she catches him reading magazines of busty women.
The other girl is worried about fitting the "ideal" image of the petite supermodel and struggling with a bulimia as TLC - Unpretty result.
Near the end of the video, however, she tears down the unrealistic images of models that she has tacked on her wall and changes into a bathing suit, a sign that she may be starting to accept her body shape.
Another vignette features Watkins as a high school student who is harassed by two white kids because she is a girl which is based on what she dealt with in high schoolonly to be saved by her teacher, who sends the white kids away and retrieves her stuff for her.
The last vignette features Lopes as an inner-city woman who plays her verse from " I'm Good at Being Bad ", another track on FanMailto her friend in her car. They come across a city gang, who are approached by TLC - Unpretty rival gang who begin to threaten them. The two gangs start fighting, which becomes so violent that knives and guns are involved and Lopes and her friend duck for cover as her car window is damaged.
When the fight subsides, Lopes leaves the car to assist the remaining injured and barely conscious survivors. One of the survivors has been mortally wounded due to being stabbed in the heart, so Lopes applies pressure on his chest to stop the bleeding and prays as they wait for the police to arrive.
Lopes also appears in the "Unpretty" performance shots reciting the song lyrics in American Sign Language. Credits for "Unpretty" adapted from Allmusic. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. LaFace Arista. Dallas Austin Tionne Watkins.
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