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Kandi Burruss: Destiny Child's 'Bug a Boo' Almost Didn't Happen
The Atlanta Housewife breaks down the secret history of Beyonce's hit.
You couldn't imagine Destiny's Child's music catalogue without it's sassy single, "Bug A Boo." But The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss recalls it took some convincing to get Beyoncé and crew to agree to record the track, which dropped in 1999.
"When we first played the track 'Bug A Boo' to Destiny's Child, I remember, they were kinda looking like, 'Eh, I don't know about this," Kandi recently told Yahoo Music. The Atlanta Housewife co-wrote the single, featured on their second album, The Writing's on the Wall, with Kevin "She'kspere" Briggs and the group. "If you can remember what the track is like, it was like really fast. At the time people weren't really singing over those types of tracks. You'd look at it as something they'd rap over."
Before they even recorded the song, Beyoncé and the group expressed their concerns about the track. "I remember Beyoncé was telling the rest of the girls, 'Y'all, if we really don't like this, maybe we should let him know,'" Kandi said. "Because [the producer] She'ksphere had stepped out the room."
"I was like, 'Well, if you don't mind I could kinda like sing you the idea I was thinking, before you [decide],'" Kandi continued. "They were like, 'OK.' At the time I think I only had like a verse and the hook kinda together. It wasn't all the way together. It was just like a little bit of where I thought it could go. And they were like, 'OK.' And then we finished it together."
The rest is, as they say, music history. "So, it's funny because had I not spoken up and said, 'Hey,' then that song would never exist," she said.