Xscape (group)

Xscape (group)

Infobox musical artist
Name = Xscape

Img_capt = R&B group Xscape
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Origin = Atlanta, Georgia
Genre = R&B
Years_active = 1993–2001, 2005
Label = Sony BMG Music Entertainment So So Def
Past_members = LaTocha Scott (1993-2005)
Tamika Scott (1993-2005)
Kandi Burruss (1993-1998)
Tameka "Tiny" Cottle (1993-2005)
Kiesha Miles (2005)

Xscape is a female American R&B quartet that had a string of hit songs during the early and mid 1990s. The original lineup of the group consisted of sisters LaTocha Scott ("Meatball") (born October 2, 1973) and Tamika Scott ("Juicy") (born November 19, 1975), along with Kandi Burruss ("Kandi") (born May 17, 1976), and Tameka Cottle ("Tiny") (born July 14, 1975).


Sisters LaTocha and Tamika Scott's father, Rev. Randolf Scott, was part of the 1970s R&B group Scott Three. The sisters sang at church throughout their childhoods while being trained by their father. In 1990, they met the other two members, Burruss and Cottle, in College Park, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. [cite web|url=http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:fxfyxqwgldse|title=Xscape: Biography|last=Bush|first=John |publisher=allmusic.com|accessdate=2008-08-04]

Music career

The quartet debuted singing at producer Jermaine Dupri's birthday party in 1991, and were later signed by Dupri to his label, So So Def Recordings. They released their debut album, "Hummin' Comin' at 'Cha", on October 12, 1993. [cite web|url=http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/discography/index.jsp?pid=120517&aid=148096|title=Xscape: "Hummin' Comin' At 'Cha"|publisher=billboard.com|accessdate=2008-08-04] The first single, "Just Kickin' It", reached #2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.cite web|url=http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/retrieve_chart_history.do?model.vnuArtistId=120517&model.vnuAlbumId=298305|title=Xscape Chart History|publisher=billboard.com|accessdate=2008-08-04] The singles, "Tonight", "Understanding", and '"Love on My Mind'" were also released.cite web|url=http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/discography/more.jsp?tp=singles&pid=120517&aid=298305#artAlbumMoreContainer|title=Xscape Discography|publisher=billboard.com|accessdate=2008-08-04]

In July 1995, Xscape released their second album, ""Off the Hook"". [cite web|url=http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/discography/index.jsp?pid=120517&aid=169710|title=Xscape: "Off the Hook"|publisher=billboard.com|accessdate=2008-08-04] It featured the song "Who Can I Run To" (a cover of the song originally recorded by The Jones Girls), which also reached #1 on the U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs singles chart. Three singles, "Feels So Good'", "Can't Hang", and "Do You Want To", followed. During the three years, the group occasionally appeared on soundtracks, and made cameos on MC Lyte's "Keep On Keepin' On", for the "Sunset Park" soundtrack and Mariah Carey's "Always Be My Baby (Mr. Dupri Mix)". [cite web|url=http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/esearch/chart_display.jsp?cfi=365&cfgn=Singles&cfn=Hot+R%26amp%3BB%2FHip-Hop+Recurrents&ci=3025446&cdi=7135203&cid=12%2F07%2F1996|title=Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrents Keep On, Keepin' On (From "Sunset Park")|publisher=billboard.com|accessdate=2008-08-04]

In May 12, 1998, Xscape released their third album, "Traces of My Lipstick", and released the singles, "The Arms Of The One Who Loves You", "My Little Secret", "Am I Dreamin", and "Softest Place on Earth". After the release of this album, the group parted ways.

After a five year hiatus, sisters LaTocha and Tamika Scott reunited with Tameka "Tiny" Cottle. They replaced Kandi Burruss with Kiesha Miles, to release a new album "Unchained". They released the single, "What's Up". [cite web|url=http://www.s2smagazine.com/content/content.asp?issueid=200503&listid=01|title=Xscape breaks the chains by Jamie Foster Brown with the assistance of Ericka Boston and Calvin Terrell|publisher=s2smagazine.com]

olo careers

Tamika Scott

Scott released the single, "Day & Night" in Japan. She also appeared in the 2004 Tyler Perry play "Meet the Browns", as Millet Jenay Baptiste-Brown. She has written, produced, and arranged four songs for and is featured as a solo artist on the Tyler Perry movie soundtrack, "Daddy's Little Girls". The soundtrack was released January 16, 2007, on Atlantic Records. She also appeared on the soundtrack for Perry's film "Why Did I Get Married?". [cite web|url=http://www.singersroom.com/interview/artist-v-59.asp|title=Tamika Scott: High Definition|last=Omisore|first=Adeniyi |date=2007-03-27|publisher=singersroom.com|accessdate=2008-08-04]

LaTocha Scott

Scott recorded a solo album, titled "Solo Flight 404", and made appearances on Jermaine Dupri's "All That's Got To Go", J-Shin's "One Night Stand", Cha Cha's "Dear Diary", and Trick Daddy's "Thug Holiday". [cite web|url=http://www.rawdealrecords.com/latocha_scott.htm|title=LaTocha Scott|publisher=awdealrecords.com|accessdate=2008-08-04]

Kandi Burruss

Burruss has the most solo success as a singer and songwriter. She has written for artists such as Mariah Carey, TLC, Destiny's Child, *NSYNC, Boyz II Men, Faith Evans, and Alicia Keys. In 1999, she appeared on Sole's debut album and was also in a video for the album titled, "4,5,6". In 2000, Columbia Records released her solo debut, "Hey Kandi…", which featured the hit song, "Don't Think I'm Not". She is also responsible for discovering male R&B quartet Jagged Edge. In 2006, she released "I Need", featuring Eightball & MJG from an upcoming solo album UpFront Records. She is also featured on E-40's hit "U and That", and performs under the name "Kandi Girl." In 2007, she formed a duo, Peach Candy, with MC Rasheeda. [cite web|url=http://www.ballerstatus.com/article/features/2007/09/3146/|title=Peach Candy: Best Of Both Worlds|date=2007-09-27|publisher=ballerstatus.com|accessdate=2008-08-04] [cite web|url=http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/search/google/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1314648|title=Kandi: From Songwriter To Artist|date=2000-09-07|publisher=billboard.com|accessdate=2008-08-04]

Tameka "Tiny" Cottle

Cottle, along with Kandi Burruss, wrote TLC's 1999 hit, "No Scrubs", in which Tiny lends her vocals, singing the hook of "No Scrubs". Cottle also sings background vocals to Lil' Kim's song, "I Know You See Me", on Lil Bow Wow's single, "Let's Get Down", and on 8Ball & MJG's, "Things We Used To Do". Cottle has been in the studio working on tracks for a future album and has been producing more tracks for her new group, the Ga.p Girls, with former replacement Xscape member Keisha "Babi" Miles. [cite web|url=http://www.s2smagazine.com/content/content.asp?issueid=200608&listid=15|title=T.I. visits S2S and he brings his crew and Tiny with him|date=2006-08|publisher=s2smagazine.com|accessdate=2008-08-04]




External links

*imdb name|id=3033718|name=Xscape
* [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:fxfyxqwgldse Xscape] at Allmusic
* [http://www.discogs.com/artist/Xscape Xscape] at Discogs

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