In The News : Rodney Jerkins Talks MJ's Last Studio Album, Invincible
Linda Hobbs talks to producer Rodney Jerkins about playing pilot on MJ's final studio album.
About twenty-five years ago, Rodney Jerkins had his mind set on one goal: to work with the King of Pop.
The super-producer, who has worked with Whitney Houston and Beyonce among others, wish came true around 1993 when Teddy Riley linked Jerkins with his shy hero. Jerkins convincingly campaigned to produce new millennium Michael. The two soon began work on what became Michael's earnest attempt at recapturing praise for his music...
At 19-years-old, Jerkins was given the task of producing the bulk of Michael's last full studio album, Invincible, amongst a teeny-bop generation who were embracing his copycats.
Even though it sold 13 million copies worldwide, the album was picked apart by critics. A day after Jackson's funeral, Jerkins calls VIBE from California to reminisce on the album that got away.
VIBE: You were around 19 when you started working on Invincible. You guys became friends in the process. What was the friendship like?
RODNEY JERKINS: Sometimes he would come to my house for dinner, or I'd go out with him and his kids. It's really trust. You build trust around each other. He use to tell me all the time, "You're a true loyal friend." And he knew that when certain situations arose, I had his back.
I'll never forget, Michael just let me take all my friends and literally gave me Neverland Ranch. He'd be like, "I have to go to Germany for a month," and just leave. I'd call everybody I knew, like, "Yo, party at Neverland!"
Plus we would have bets, like whoever wins gets like a 100 DVDs. He beat me the first time and I took him to Virgin Mega Store in Times Square and got him like a 100 DVDs. We went late at night. The first time he went to the store, he was in disguise. But a fan noticed him and blew the whole cover.
Why did the album take so long to finish? You guys were going at it for three years.
You were cool with that?
I heard you videotaped the Invincible studio sessions. Have you released that yet?
Do you ever go back and watch the footage?
What was Jackson like in the studio? Timid?
Let's be honest: are you proud of the outcome of Invincible
I think Invincible needs to be re-released. Because something happened at the record company [Sony] that caused them not to promote it no more after we done put our heart and soul in it. He had about five singles on the album. But it came down to who can stop who. And he was caught up in that mess.
A lot of critics criticized the album for being so long. Was it Jackson's idea to make the album really long?
Do you still listen to it?
Does it make you sad?
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