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XSCAPE Reveals What They’d Go Back and Do Differently in the ‘90s
The ladies of the iconic R&B girl group XSCAPE hope to "inspire" others by sharing some life lessons learned.
The ‘90s were some of the most incredible years, but even some of its decade-defining figures wish they could go back and change a thing or two — including some of the cast members of SWV & XSCAPE: The Queens of R&B.
LaTocha Scott-Bivens, Tamika Scott, Tameka “Tiny” Harris, and Atlanta Housewife Kandi Burruss, all part of the iconic girl group XSCAPE, reflected on what they might have done differently if given the chance in a recent interview with The Daily Dish.
Kandi looked back at how young they were at the time, having formed in Atlanta while they were still in high school.
“I mean, we were super young when we first got into the industry,” Kandi told The Daily Dish. “Our moms had to sign for us when we signed our first contract.”
The R&B and hip hop quartet broke into the Atlanta music scene (and far beyond) with their 1993 platinum album, Hummin’ Comin’ at ‘Cha, featuring singles such as “Understanding” and “Just Kickin’ It.” Despite multiple breakups and makeups over the years, the group persevered, most recently joining forces with another super successful R&B girl group from the ‘90s, SWV, for the limited six-part series SWV & XSCAPE: The Queens of R&B.
Reminiscing about their breakout success, Kandi told The Daily Dish she wished the group was a little more hands-on.
“I would definitely have said we should have been writing more when we were younger, as far as, our own albums, meaning bigger percentages,” Kandi said. “Not to say we don’t appreciate the music that we got because we love everything that Jermaine [Dupri] did. But we could have gotten a few more songs.”
Kandi added that she wished the group toured more because that’s where “the real money is,” lamenting that they only had one tour per their first two albums.
“I feel like it was way more money to be made, but at the time, we were young; we were just relying on the people who were leading us,” Kandi continued. “And, obviously, we’ve all learned so much more since then.”
As far as Tiny was concerned, she would have gone back in time and learned the business side of the music industry, which might have helped them navigate the “hiccups” of their music careers.
“We trusted everybody because basically, they told us, ‘Just be an artist and let us handle the business,’” said Tiny. “And honestly, I don’t think that [was] the best thing for us because we got ‘got’ so many times from not knowing the business and trusting in people that supposedly know the business, but [they] weren’t always looking out for the best of XSCAPE.”
“We definitely learned by doing,” Kandi added.
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LaTocha agreed and ultimately compared their experiences to reading a new book, explaining you had to get through the whole thing before reaching the end.
“Sometimes, you’re not going to know everything upfront,” said LaTocha. “So when you learn these lessons, it helps you along the way.”
She then told The Daily Dish what advice she would give her younger self.
“I would have told my younger self to just believe in what it is that you’re doing; that you’re enough,” LaTocha said. “You know, so many times we think, ‘Oh my gosh, I want to be this megastar.’ But if you just focus in on just loving what you’re doing, loving it and being passionate about it, it’s going to work.”
Of course, LaTocha, Tiny, and Kandi understand they can’t change the past, but by sharing what they’ve learned, they hope to “inspire” others who might be heading down paths long traveled by XSCAPE.
To see where the road takes them, you can watch part of their journey in SWV & XSCAPE: The Queens of R&B, airing Sundays at 9:30/8:30c on Bravo.