Happy Birthday, Kandi Burruss!
The contributions of some of your favorite '90s girl groups live on in throwback playlists and weekly reality shows thanks to people like Kandi Burruss, one-fifth of Xscape. The current co-star of The Real Housewives of Atlanta turns 39 today (May 17).
Tameka "Tiny" Cottle, T.I.'s wife, is also another member of Xscape who got additional attention thanks to reality television. However, Cottle and Burruss' work as part of the quintet is too good to be clouded by reality television shenanigans. Xscape managed to earn six Top 10 singles off of three albums, including "Just Kickin' It," "Feels So Good" and "Who Can I Run To?" All three of Xscape's albums went platinum.
Burruss had a decent amount of success after Xscape broke up. In addition to releasing two solo albums (Hey Kandi... in 2000 and Kandi Koated in 2010), the singer was also known for writing one of Destiny Child's and TLC's best-known songs: "Bills, Bills, Bills" and "No Scrubs," respectively. Burruss became ASCAP's first African-American woman Songwriter of the Year award for the former.
She also wrote "Tardy for the Party" for her The Real Housewives of Atlanta co-star Kim Zolciak. Although it's the most popular song to come out of the show, "Tardy for the Party" also became a source of conflict both in front of cameras and in the courtroom. Burruss sued Zolciak for allegedly withholding payment for her production services. The suit didn't go far, but someone with Burruss' talent should be fine regardless.
Watch Xscape's "Who Can I Run To" Video
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