XSCAPE Reveals The Real Reason Behind Their Split, New Music & Biopic Details

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It’s been nearly two decades since Kandi Burruss, Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, LaTocha Scott and Tamika Scott shared a stage, but gathered together in a photo studio on a cloudy Monday afternoon in Atlanta, they look as if they’ve never left the scene.

At one point, it seemed only an act of God would see fans’ wishes of an XSCAPE reunion come to fruition, but it was actually word of an outside party looking to profit off of their legacy that reignited the flame. “We caught wind that somebody was doing an unauthorized movie about us and we felt it was important for us to tell our own story, instead of somebody else telling it,” Kandi tells ESSENCE.

“Tamika [Scott] and I hadn’t communicated in a long time but, when I was expressing to Tiny how I felt about our story not being told right, she relayed the message to everybody else and it turned out that we were all on the same page.”

While the ladies believe the lack of guidance in the midst of their growing pains as young women trying to navigate the music industry is what eventually caused the group to part ways, it was a long overdue conversation between Kandi and Tamika that ultimately led to them getting back on track. “When we came into the business, we were learning, our parents were learning and….we were young,” Tamika says. “So, we had to figure out a lot through trial and error.”

“The issue between Kandi and I came after the group had already broken up so, it had nothing to do with the split. Once she and I got a chance to finally sit down as women to squash any beef that we had with one another, we realized continuing our legacy was bigger and more important than any problems we went through. As adults and as businesswomen, we just put everything to the side to pick up the pieces and said we were gonna do this, do it right, do it for ourselves and for our families.”

This July, the grind will lead the group to the 2017 ESSENCE Festival stage, where they’ll perform together for the first time since reuniting. “To me, ESSENCE Festival is iconic,” Kandi adds. “When you think of it, you think of all the great acts and thousands of people coming into town to enjoy all of these artists that they love. So, I feel like it’s the perfect place for us to be able to reach fans from all over.”

Continue reading on ESSENCE.com for more details on new music and the official biopic due next year.

  • Chuck

    Kandi’s freakish ass cannot sing! Todd is coming up off of her. He is with her for the $ and will take her for broke when he leaves. Is Riley slow? When she speaks, it sounds like she is “special.”

    • Pamela Stovall

      OMG Really… I hope you never have/has kids. I’m not a big Kandi fan but to call someone’s kid special….bye

      • louise_1

        I know you have read on social about homely Blue Ivy. It is what it is.

      • Chuck

        Special is good. lol

        • Kristen

          Wow, lots to say with no real content! Kandi is a boss! And speaking on anyone’s kids is below the belt shame on u!

    • louise_1

      Gosh, you are so right about Todd. Her Mother has tried to tell Kandi that he is not into her
      She is too goofy to see what’s going on. Her and Serena Williams are going to be paying alot of spousal support.

    • Jo Lynn Wallace-Nation

      todd don’t love u. he love ur money. same as ur mama joyve.

      • Chuck

        I think her mom loves her, but Todd doesn’t. He’s there to collect. Her mom is the reason behind her fame. When the father left, the mom worked three jobs so Kandi can attend art/music school.

    • Magnolialady3

      How the devil do you know his feelings, you are miserable but no one wants to keep company with you. You must be the “special” one trying to down a child you have no contact with, or a child period, misfit.

      • Chuck

        LMAO at you for being in your feelings over a “special” & “miserable” man’s post. I wonder who’s special and miserable. You poor lady (yes, pun intended).

  • louise_1

    I love their music
    Tocha Scott is a great singer and I wish them good luck

  • Batister Rubin

    Yes..Im so haooy i love Xscape??

  • Shirley Clayton

    So very happy for them to be able to come back together and make great music ?! Gods blessings

  • Jennifer Mitchell

    I want to audition for the role of Latocha Scott. I love the group and I have a great resemblance to her that is uncanny. Please send me the details. I have what it takes for this role.

  • james melton

    I knocked on this door, perhaps by mistake or design. Xscape please grant me latitude I want to take your song Can’t Hang to the top of the chart now 20yrs after it’s debut.
    Really, I feel I have the only horse (metaphor) capable of this. Any reader of authority
    may contact Lightstrike Productions, the horse is wating