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Coko Reveals SWV’s Original Name Was TLC

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SWV lead singer Coko Clemons says her group, SWV, was initially called TLC and was hit with a cease and desist “real fast.”

A few months back, the 90’s girl groups were celebrated on the popular Verzuz series when SWV and Xscape had a friendly clash sharing each other’s biggest hits in front of their fans. There was discussion among fans of wanting to also see TLC get into it with other groups such as SWV in a Verzuz. Little did fans know that there was some beef between these two groups.

SWV singer Coko Clemons recently had an interview with Carlos King and during the interview, he asked if there were girl groups that had beef with one another. Coko said, “Yeah, of course, we all had beef with somebody.” The topic caught the interest of the interviewer who wanted more information on who had tension.

“You, know, when SWV first came out, our name was TLC. Honey, we got a cease and desist real fast,” she revealed while laughing. “So, we had to change our name… We had to change our names so fast, so, you know, we weren’t too happy about that. That’s how we went from TLC to SWV.” For them, TLC would stand for their names, Taj (Tamara Johnson), LeLee (Leanne Lyons), and Coko. However, that name was obviously already taken.

That wasn’t the only run-in they had with a girl group. “We had a little something with Jade back in the day,” Coko added of the “Don’t Walk Away” hitmakers, noting that none of these small beefs never got physical. “We were so ghetto,” she joked. “So ghetto! So I don’t really think—but it wasn’t that deep that we would throw hands or something like that.”

Check out Coko’s full interview below.