Chilli's last CD with TLC called 3D was released in November 2002, seven months after the death of bandmate Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes.
In 1991 Chilli joined the group TLC, replacing founding member Crystal Jones after Tionne Watkins and Lisa Lopes found it was necessary to replace Crystal Jones.
Chilli was first a dancer for Damian Dame.
On June 2, 1997 she gave birth to her son Tron.
Her father, Abdul Ali, is of East Indian and Middle Eastern (Arab) descent. Her mother, Ava Thomas, is an American of African descent.
She is romantically linked to fellow R&B singer Usher.
She appears in OutKast's video "So Fresh, So Clean".