Kandi From 'Xscape' Speaks On Groups Split
"In 1993, at age sixteen, Kandi, along with Tiny and sisters LeTocha and Tamika Scott released their first single “Just Kicking It” off their debut album, Hummin', Comin' At 'Cha on So So Def Records, establishing themselves as four girls from around the way that could harmonize tighter than established contemporaries. Still, a number of things led to the disbandment of Xscape.
The petty: someone in the group steals Kandi’s diary out of her purse while on tour.
The complicated: inept management of the group finds the label profiting more than the talent.
Fights break out among the girls, specifically LeTocha and Kandi, over the group’s inefficient helming by their manager who also happens to be LeTocha’s boyfriend. During negotiations for their third record, Traces Of My Lipstick, LeTocha works out a solo deal without telling members of the band who ultimately find out through word of mouth. Lipstick is the group’s final record before Xscape is released from So So Def and the creative crafting of Jermaine Dupri, the man responsible for turning their hits into R&B classics.
But even after the group separated, problems would arise again in a 2005 reunion album shelved by Warner Brothers despite good reception to its first single “What’s Up” from the soundtrack to the movie ATL. No one mentions the reunion to Kandi, though she claims, during the time she spoke to Tiny everyday. Kandi finds out through Brandon of Jagged Edge who extends the invitation to reunite on behalf of the girls. She agrees on the condition that she write five songs and gets an executive producer credit on the album. Xscape finds Kandi’s replacement. "
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