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Don’t hate on him: Jermaine Dupri didn’t work with TLC on group’s fifth and final album


Thaddaeus McAdams/ExclusiveAccess.netSeveral of music industry’s biggest names, like music executive Antonio “L.A.” Reid and musician Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, are credited with launching TLC‘s legendary career.  

But only one name consistently comes to mind where the group’s distinct sound and artistry are concerned: Jermaine Dupri.   

However, Dupri says he’s not involved with TLC’s new music.

The So So Def Recordings founder tells ABC Radio that he didn’t help craft any songs for TLC’s forthcoming fifth and final album, which arrives everywhere June 30.  

“I don’t know what the album is actually about. So, I think that’s what you have to find out first,” he says.    

TLC and their manager Bill Diggins have asked fans to help come up with a title for the upcoming disc, which they’re funding via Kickstarter.  

That request reminds Jermaine of the time when TLC asked fans for their names so they could be included in the liner notes of their third studio album. 

“I felt like that was reminiscent of FanMail, that last album that they did,” he adds. Jermaine was responsible for producing and mixing the 1999 Grammy award-winning project. 

According to TLC’s Kickstarter page, more than 4,000 people together pledged $430,255 so the group could create the album. It will be TLC’s first since third member Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes died in a car accident in 2002.  

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