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Jerkins Says New TLC Record Full Of 'Innovative Bangers'

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.

"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.

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.

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