This version was later deemed as one of the most iconic pop videos of all time, notably for the famous silk pajamas costumes and the choreography.
With changes in both musical style and image, the song marked a major reinvention in TLC's career and was hailed as a "masterpiece".
Despite this, La Face and Arista Records still released the song as the album's lead single on October 31, 1994, which subsequently granted critical acclaim and commercial success.
Praises from music critics went to Austin's work and TLC's new musical direction while commercially, "Creep" became the group's first number one on US Billboard Hot 100.
As for Lopes' part, she wrote a new rap verse for the remixes which warns listeners of safe sex matters.
"Creep" was listed on many publications' best-of lists and was awarded a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals at the 38th ceremony.
We were really happy and we still are really happy to be the voice for so many women in so many different situations in their lives," she told Myspace in 2014.
Jon Parales of The New York Times stood by the song's concept, he wrote: "The women sing about infidelity, revenge, status and power plays, not as victims but as contenders; when they're cheated on, they cheat, too." It is one of Crazy Sexy Cool's tracks for which Lopes was absent due to her having checked herself into rehab for alcohol abuse which had played a part in her being charged with arson to boyfriend American football player Andre Rison's mansion in June 1994.
Vibe contributors, Jess Harvell, felt its lyrics were "unconscionable," instead, he praised the song's groove that was "so seductive you barely register what you're singing along to." Harvell continued to say that Austin even managed to make scratching, "that emblem of noisy hip-hop ruckus", sound "smooth." "No mean feat.," he gave out an endnote.The rehab facility only released the group's rapper for a couple of recording sessions, forcing her to have less of an input on the album.This significant musical re-invention was said to have formed during the midst nineties' R&B "renaissance" in music and partially because of Lopes' stint in rehab, which putted a stronger focus on the group's pop elements on the song and on Crazy Sexy Cool."Creep" is a song recorded by American group TLC for their second studio album Crazy Sexy Cool (1994).It was written and produced by Dallas Austin, who tried to write the track from his "female perspective" while basing on member Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins's real story of infidelity.