Xscape Biography

An initially rather laboured attempt at emulating the swingbeat success of SWV and their ilk, this four-piece was assembled in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, by writer/producer Jermaine Dupri, who was previously the force behind Kriss Kross’ chart success. However, there was an important difference. While acts such as TLC (another band overseen by Dupri) had been closely identified with provocative sexuality, Xscape had roots in the gospel tradition and eschewed such salacious themes. Xscape was formed in 1990 by sisters LaTocha ‘Juicy’ Scott (2 October 1973), Tamika ‘Meatball’ Scott (b. 19 November 1975), alongside Kandi Burruss (b. 17 May 1976) and Tameka ‘Tiny’ Cottle (b. 14 July 1975). The intention was to offer a female Jodeci, and they certainly achieved commercial recognition with their ‘Just Kickin’ It’ debut single, which made number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. A subsequent album, Hummin’ Comin’ At ’Cha, also achieved mainstream success alongside a second single, ‘Who’s That Man’, which was included on the soundtrack to the movie The Mask. Their second album, Off The Hook, also charted in the Top 3 of the US R&B Albums chart and went platinum. It featured more expansive song arrangements, including electric guitar and acoustic piano. ‘The Arms Of The One Who Loves You’ was a US number 7 hit in May 1998, and was followed in October by another Top 10 hit, ‘My Little Secret’. After one further album the quartet disbanded. Tamika Scott, who is an ordained minister, recorded a solo gospel album. Kandi’s career as a songwriter took off in the late 90s with huge hits for TLC (‘No Scrubs’), Destiny’s Child (‘Bills, Bills, Bills’) and Pink (‘There You Go’). She released her solo debut in summer 2000.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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