Days ago, fans and friends paid tribute to Blaque’s Natina Reed, who died after being struck by a car. It would be remiss of us to not do the same by highlighting one of Blaque’s “Hidden Gems.”
Blaque Out was the group’s sophomore album that never received a proper release. This unfortunate circumstance was odd due to a number of reasons–the group’s eponymous debut was successful, the follow-up was much better (in terms of content) and they were under the tutelage of industry titan Matthew Knowles.
Examining why the album was never properly released is trivial at this point, so let’s just relish in the subtle brilliance of “Questions,” a wistful ballad that appeared on the LP’s Japanese release. As the title suggests, the song finds the girls questioning their significant others regarding the future of their respective relationships.
Much like her mentor Left Eye, Natina was widely known as the rapper of the group. However, Left Eye contributed vocals to some (if not all) TLC records, so it’s not far-fetched to assume that Natina did the same in Blaque. “Questions” doesn’t boast a rap verse and the album credits are practically non-existent, so I cannot say with certainty that Natina contributed any vocals to the song. However, Reed, along with Shamari Fears and Brandi Williams, definitely had a hand in composing the timeless record.