Has it really been twenty-five years since TLC called out all the guys that were trying to holla while sitting on the passenger's side of their best-friend's ride? Has it really been twenty-five years Lisa 'Lefteye' Lopez delivered one of the most intelligent rejections in history when she told a guy if he "couldn't spatially expand her horizons, then that left him in a class with scrubs" (damn). Has it really been twenty-five years since the massive eye roll that was "No Pigeons?" Apparently it has indeed been that long since today officially marks twenty-five years since the track was released as the lead single from group's third album FanMail. That means...we're entering the FanMail 25 commemoration era where we'll be taking a deeper look into the track in celebration of its a monumental birthday. We've already starting doing with this songs and albums that were released at the tail end of 1998 such as Britney Spears' "Baby One More Time" and her respective debut album, now it's time to deep dive into the oral history of TLC's 'No Scrubs'—one of if not the biggest song of 1999.
In this deep dive, we'll be reflecting on the events leading up to the song being released, the success the single spawned, the backlash that came with it, the futuristic music video, and the super dope performances that deserve to be spotlighted once again. Let's buckle up and head back to 1999 people.