Xscape was a female R&B group from the ’90s that originally consisted of LaTocha (born on October 2, 1973 in College Park, Georgia) & Tamika (born on (born November 20, 1975 in College Park, Georgia) Scott, Tameka “Tiny” Cottle (born Tameka Pope on July 14, 1975 in College Park, Georgia), Kandi Burruss (born on May 17, 1976 in College Park, Georgia) and Tamera Coggins-Wynn.
Tamika and LaTocha’s father, Reverend Randolf Scott was a member of R&B group Scott Three in the early 1970s & were trained by their father to sing at a young age. The Scott sisters sang in church and competed in talent shows in Georgia.
Tiny’s late father, Charles “Speedy” Pope and her late uncle, Joseph Pope formed the R&B group The Tams (which also features her brother, Redd, who released a solo album of his own in 1986).
During high school, the Scott sisters met Kandi, Tiny & Tamera and formed a music group. After Tamera Coggins left the group in 1991, it narrowed down to just LaTocha, Tamika, Kandi & Tiny.
Xscape was discovered by music producer Jermaine Dupri who immediately signed them to his then up & coming record label, So So Def. The group made their debut at Dupri’s birthday party in 1991.
In August of 1993, the group released their debut single “Just Kickin’ It” which peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 (making it their only highest appearance on the chart) and topped Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart for 4 weeks, staying on the chart for 25 weeks.
It was also moderately successful in the United Kingdom, Australia & New Zealand. The song was later certified Gold by the RIAA in the U.S., selling 900,000 copies and also earned them a Soul Train Music Awards nomination.
In October of 1993, Xscape released her debut album “Hummin’ Comin’ at ‘Cha” which peaked at #17 on the Billboard 200 chart and #3 on Billboard’s R&B albums chart. The album was critically & commercially successful and was certified Platinum within a year of its release.
In December of 1993, the second single from the album “Understanding” became the group’s second number-one R&B hit, topping the chart for 2 weeks, staying on the chart for 20 weeks. It also peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #24 in New Zealand.
In January of 1994, the third single “Love on My Mind” peaked at #46 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #16 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks. It also peaked at #54 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The last single released from the album “Tonight” (which was released in April of 1994) peaked at #59 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks, but missed the Hot 100. Another song from the album “Is My Loving in Vain” peaked at #47 on Billboard’s R&B Airplay chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks.
During 1994, Xscape appeared in an episode of “Beverly Hills 90210” and appeared on the soundtrack to the film “The Mask.” In 1995, the group was featured on the soundtrack to the film “Panther” on the track “Freedom” (which featured various female R&B artists).
In June of 1995, Xscape released the lead single from their upcoming sophomore album “Feels So Good” which peaked at #32 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #8 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks. It also peaked at #34 on the U.K. Singles chart.
In July of that same year, they released their sophomore album “Off the Hook” which peaked at #23 on the Billboard 200 and #3 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. The album was later certified platinum by the RIAA.
The second single from the album, a cover version of The Jones Girls’ song “Who Can I Run To” peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart for a week, staying on the chart for 26 weeks. The song would become Xscape’s last number-one hit to date as a group.
The last single released from the album “Can’t Hang” (featuring rapper MC Lyte)/”Do You Want To” peaked at #50 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #9 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.
In 1996, Xscape was featured on MC Lyte’s song “Keep On Keepin’ On” which was successful on the pop and R&B charts. A year later, they were featured on soundtracks to the films “Soul Food” and “Love Jones.” They were also featured on the remix to Mariah Carey’s song “Always Be My Baby.”
In February of 1998, the group released the single “The Arms of the One Who Loves You” which peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #4 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 22 weeks & was certified Gold by the RIAA. During that same month, they were featured on R&B group Ol Skool’s song “Am I Dreaming.”
After three years since the release of their previous album, Xscape released their last studio album “Traces of My Lipstick” in May of 1998 which peaked at #28 on the Billboard 200 and #6 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
In July of 1998, the second single from the album “My Little Secret” peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks, becoming Xscape’s last single to reach the top 10 on both music charts.
The last single released from the album “Softest Place on Earth” peaked at #111 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and #28 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 18 weeks.
After their third album was released, LaTocha left the group to pursue a solo career which caused the group to go on hiatus although they would later reunite & appeared on the soundtracks to the films “Hardball” & “Big Momma’s House” and were also featured on rapper Lil Bow Wow’s song “Bounce With Me” before going on hiatus again.
In 1999, LaTocha was featured on R&B singer J-Shin’s song “One Night Stand” which was moderately successful. She recorded a solo album called “Solo Flight 404”, but it doesn’t look like it was given an official release (although some copies appear on the Internet).
After the group first went on hiatus, Kandi began focusing on songwriting & music production. In 1999, she and Tiny teamed up together to score TLC’s number-one hit song “No Scrubs.” She would later go on to write songs for Destiny’s Child and Pink. She is also responsible for discovered R&B music act Jagged Edge.
In 2000, Kandi became the first African-American woman to win the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’s Songwriter of the Year award (which was given to her songwriting credits on “No Scrubs” and Destiny’s Child’s song “Bills, Bills, Bills”).
During that same year, she released her first solo album “Hey Kandi” which featured her most successful solo single to date “Don’t Think I’m Not” (which peaked at #24 on the Billboard Hot 100).
In 2005 (after a five-year hiatus), LaTocha and Tamika reunited with Tiny and new member Kiesha Miles to record a new album called “Unchained” and a new single called “What’s Up” was released, but due to lack of promotion from the record label, it was never released and by 2009, it appeared as if Xscape officially disbanded.
These days, LaTocha is still continuing with her solo career and in 2013, she was featured on the TV One network reality series “R&B Divas: Atlanta.” According to research, it appears that LaTocha is working on a new album which has yet to be released.
Meanwhile, her sister Tamika has continued to perform music and is also an actress, appearing in Tyler Perry plays such as “Meet the Browns” and “What’s Done in the Dark”. She also written & produced four songs for Tyler Perry’s film “Daddy’s Little Girl” and the title song to the film “Why Did I Get Married.” Currently, she is touring in a gospel stage play called “Shh Please Don’t Tell.”
Kandi has continued to write & co-write songs for various artists such as Boyz II Men, Mariah Carey, *NSYNC, Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys and Faith Evans. As of 2009, she stars on the Bravo network reality series “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”. In 2010, she released her second solo album “Kandi Coated”.
Along with her music career, Kandi has also appeared on television series such as “Single Ladies,” “Let’s Stay Together” and “Chef Roblé & Co.” She has also been given several spin-off series such as “The Kandi Factory”, “Kandi’s Wedding” and “Kandi’s Ski Trip.” She also has her own sex toy company called Bedroom Kandi and formed a “sex & relationship” web series on Ustream called “Kandi Koated Nights” in 2011.
Currently, Kandi resides in Atlanta with her husband, Todd Tucker, her two daughters Kaela & Riley and her son, Ace.
As for Tiny, she still continues to be active in the entertainment business. She is married to rapper T.I. (whom she married in July of 2010) and they have three children with together: sons King & Major and daughter Heiress. In 2007, her daughter, Leyah was stillborn at 6 months. Tiny also has an older daughter named Zonnique from a previous relationship and three stepchildren through her marriage to T.I.
In December of 2011, Tiny and T.I.’s reality show “T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle” (which focuses on the lives of T.I. and Tiny along with their family) premiered on the VH1 network and as of 2015, the show has aired for 5 seasons.
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