Xscape was a female R&B girl group of the 90’s. On Wednesday, July 8, 2015 Xscape appeared on a TVONE show, “Unsung”. The group consisted of sisters LaTocha and Tamika Scott, Kandi Burruss, and Tameka “Tiny” Cottle. They formed the group at a performing arts high school in Atlanta. Xscape had six top 10 hit songs on the Billboard Hot 100 during their time as a group.
“My Little Secret” came from the group’s third studio album, “Traces of My Lipstick”. Jermaine Dupri lends his vocals at the beginning of the song and then the group proceeds to tell you all about their secret. This single reached number 9 on Billboard.
“Understanding” is a masterfully made classic from Xscape released in 1996. The harmonies this group produced on this 1996 cut was amazing. The song is about understanding each other in a relationship so things can go smoothly. It rose to #8 on Billboard charts.
“Just Kickin’ It” was the group’s first studio single from their debut album Hummin’ Comin’ At You. This single soared to the top of the Billboard charts making it their first #1 hit. Xscape was so different, this song made men and women, boys and girls sit up and listen.
“Who Can I Run To” stands out as one of their slower but powerful ballads from the 1995 album, Off The Hook. The lyrics to the song were actually sang by the 1970’s girl group, The Jones Girls. The remake led this track to Billboard’s number eight.
“Do You Want To” peaked at number 9 on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop charts. The song is about a boyfriend who might be cheating and they just want to know if he feels the same way she does. In the video her girls are trying to tell her he’s no good but she still has hope.
“The Arms of the One Who Loves You” could be for a lover, friendship or family. Xscape tells you that their arms are open to comfort you. It was such a hit it soared to #7 on the Billboard’s charts.
“Tonight” took acapella singing to a whole other level. Singing with only a bass cello, Xscape let the world know that everyone in their group could sing. “Tonight” was a simple video with the whole group singing with rain in the background.
“Work Me Slowly” is a manual of how to love or better yet, make love. Led by Kandi Burruss, this is one of the underrated songs the group released but to fans it will always be loved. Of course, this was released after all the girls were grown.
“Softest Place on Earth” never reached the Billboard Top 100 but stationed at number twenty-eight on the “Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks” chart. It got plenty of radio airplay and became a classic fan favorite. It was released on September 29, 1998 and led by group member LaTocha Scott.
“Is My Living In Vain” was another remake released in 1994 from their debut album. This time they took a classic gospel song from the Clark Sisters. They traded the slower tempo of the gospel song to an up-beat tempo but still has powerful vocals.