Oh baby. TLC made a big impact with this smooth R&B number, which finds them setting clear expectations for their man. They expect full commitment (no part-time lovin') and lots of good conversation.
It was released as their second single, following the much more energetic and libidinous "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg
," where it's the lovin' they need, not the conversation. That song did well on pop radio (in edited form) and on hip-hop stations, but "Baby-Baby-Baby" was a crossover, getting them on more adult-leaning formats and saturating pop. The Ooooooohhh... On the TLC
Tip album went on to sell over 4 million copies, and they proved even more versatile on their next album, CrazySexyCool
, with the hits "Creep
" and "Waterfalls