HOLLYWOOD The album TLC are finishing without the late Lisa
"Left Eye" Lopes will include what producer Rodney Jerkins described as "the
most beautiful ballad that I've ever done in my life."
Jerkins took a break Tuesday from recording with Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and
Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas to attend the BET Awards (see "Ja Rule, Missy, B2K Win, Suge And Snoop Exchange Words At BET
"It was very emotional when we first started, 'cause we started around the
time when [Lopes] passed," Jerkins said before the ceremony as he made his
way up the red carpet. "But we started, and it's clicking now, and I think
everyone's working harder because of the situation. Expect the best from
this project, really, the best from all of us."
The album, which will include vocals Lopes recorded before she died in a car
accident on April 25, is mostly filled with what Jerkins called "innovative
bangers." Dallas Austin and Raphael Saadiq have also contributed production
work (see "T-Boz, Chilli To Complete
Fourth TLC Album").
Aside from tracks for the TLC album, Jerkins has recently produced a song
called "Wishful Thinking" with Chilli and Carlos Santana for the latter's
upcoming album and a remix of Cher's "A Different Kind of Love Song."
"It's incredible to be able to work with a true diva," Jerkins said. "Cher
said she just wanted me to do my thing, which was the most incredible thing
in the world. And I had fun doing it."
Jerkins is planning to work with Whitney Houston in the next few weeks and
is also focusing on developing a new rapper from Harlem named Fats. His
debut, Follow Your True Story, is due later this year and will
include the single "Stand Up," featuring Freeway.
"I really believe that he's gonna be that next rapper that everybody talks
about," Jerkins said.
For complete coverage of the Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes
tragedy, see Remembering Left Eye: The
Lisa Lopes Reports.