TLC founding member Rozanda "Chilli" Thomas has inked with Akron's Konvict Muzik label, which is aiming to release her as-yet-untitled solo debut in mid-2007. The album will be distributed by Intersco

TLC founding member Rozanda "Chilli" Thomas has inked with Akron's Konvict Muzik label, which is aiming to release her as-yet-untitled solo debut in mid-2007. The album will be distributed by Interscope.

"This will be totally opposite from when she was with the multiplatinum group," Akon tells Billboard. "She's an incredible artist and I want people to reconnect with her." Akon is working on half the album with Chilli; also lending production guidance are Missy Elliott, the Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am and Timbaland.

Chilli has been relatively quiet since the release of TLC's final album, 2002's "3D." That set was released in the wake of group member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes death in a car accident.

In related news, Akon will begin casting in February for "Illegal Alien," a film inspired by the Senegalese-born singer's life story. "The majority of the film is basically true," says Akon, who will write, produce, co-direct and score the movie.