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What Are XSCAPE's Top Songs? Listen to Their Biggest Hits Now
XSCAPE exploded onto the scene with the hit "Just Kickin' It" in the '90s.
Get ready to just kick it because XSCAPE is "hummin’ comin’ at ‘cha" (yes, pun intended).
The Atlanta-based mega group — consisting of Kandi Burruss, Tameka “Tiny” Harris, and sisters LaTocha Scott-Bivens and Tamika Scott — helped shape '90s girl groups and the R&B genre. With platinum albums such as 1993’s Hummin’ Comin’ at ‘Cha and 1995’s Off The Hook, there was no shortage of hit XSCAPE songs playing on the radio throughout the decade.
Recently, the award-winning group teamed up with fellow '90s girl group SWV for the new limited series SWV & XSCAPE: The Queens of R&B, airing Sundays at 9:30/8:30c on Bravo, where viewers will get an inside look at the two super-successful groups as they prepare for a one-night-only event.
But you don't have to wait to listen to XSCAPE songs. Check out some of XSCAPE's top hits now.
1. "Just Kickin’ It"
Discovered by legendary record producer Jermaine Dupri, XSCAPE quickly broke out the Atlanta scene with the 1993 XSCAPE song “Just Kickin’ It.” Hot off their platinum Hummin’ Comin’ at ‘Cha album, the hit spent 21 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts and climbed to number one on the R&B charts.
Dupri, speaking in an interview in 1993, compared the group to a hip-hop version of En Vogue soon after the single was released.
“‘Just Kicking’ It’ went to number one on the R&B charts,” said Dupri. “It’s been out for five weeks, and they’re the first group on my label. So, me to have a first group go to number one in five weeks, I can’t be more happy for that.”
XSCAPE member LaTocha Scott recalled hearing the single for the first time while in the car, claiming the ladies “started screaming,” according to city paper Creative Loafing in 2013.
“Things kinda took off for us, and then Jermaine sat us down and was like, ‘Y’all went platinum,’” LaTocha explained. “We didn’t know what platinum was. We were like, ‘OK, is that good?’ He said, ‘Y’all sold a million records!’”
With more than 44 million listens on Spotify, you can listen to “Just Kickin’ It” here.
XSCAPE’s second single, “Understanding,” was a follow-up success for the group, reaching number one on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart.
When speaking to reporters in 1995, Kandi cited “Understanding” as the sound the ladies hoped to maintain.
“On the last album, I felt like I could do ‘Just Kicking’ It’ in my sleep,” said Burruss. “Songs like ‘Understanding,’ which is more vocally complex, had real feeling to it, and that’s what we wanted more of in our new album.”
“Understanding” spent 20 weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100, reached number one at the beginning of 1994, and spent 26 weeks on the Radio Songs chart, making it XSCAPE's longest-running hit on the list.
“Understanding” became XSCAPE's best-known love ballad and can be heard here.
3. "Who Can I Run To"
From XSCAPE’s successful sophomore album Off The Hook in 1995 (which, like Hummin’ Comin’ at ‘Cha, became certified platinum), “Who Can I Run To” peaked at number one on the R&B and Hip Hop charts, leading as the group’s longest-running song in that category after 26 weeks.
“Who Can I Run To” was a piano-backed cover sung originally in 1979 by The Jones Girls, an all-female Detroit-based R&B trio that found success in the 1970s and '80s.
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The song is still one of XSCAPE's greatest hit songs and one of their most popular live performances, making appearances on The Steve Harvey Show and The Rickey Smiley Morning Show.
It’s also a favorite for group member Tamika Scott, as relayed in a 2020 interview.
The original song would go on to be covered multiple times, including a gospel rendition by Ricky Dillard and another by rap musician Juvenile, but you can listen to XSCAPE’s version here.
4. "The Arms of The One Who Loves You"
The group’s third — and sadly, final — studio album was 1998’s Traces of My Lipstick. Much like XSCAPE’s first two albums, the album became certified platinum.
Written by Hall of Famer songwriter Diane Warren, “The Arms of The One Who Loves You” found its way to multiple Billboard charts, including the Hot 100 and the Hot R&B and Hip Hop categories. The song was a power ballad, showcasing the ladies’ gospel-infused talent for which they are so well-known.
The song, as well as the music video, are both romantic treasures, which you can listen to right here.
5. "My Little Secret"
Last but certainly not least is the group’s final single of the '90s: “My Little Secret,” which reached number nine on Billboard’s Hop 100 and spent 14 weeks on the charts.
“My Little Secret” tells a scandalous story from the perspective of “the other woman” and has a music video where the ladies show off some of their more seductive moves.
The single was also sampled in the 2010 song “Little Secret” by Lil’ Twist and Bow Wow, the latter of whom was — like XSCAPE — discovered by Jermaine Dupri.
“My Little Secret” would be the last single before XSCAPE broke up that same year. But don’t worry, the quartet reunited in 2017 and made their first reunion tour appearance on The Wendy Williams Show, where they sang — you guessed it — “My Little Secret,” which you can find here.
Tune in to Bravo’s six-part limited series SWV & Xscape: The Queens of R&B, airing Sundays at 9:30/8:30c. You can stream new episodes on Peacock the following day.