Kandi Burruss Clarifies Why She Doesn’t Want To Make New Xscape Music
During a recent interview with The Breakfast Club, the group and Jermaine Dupri had an open dialogue about why she Kandi isn’t interested in recording new music with the group. The exchange went as follows:
Are y’all doing new music with all four of y’all?”
No…[but] Kandi does solo music.
Yeah I do music.
Charlemagne the God:
why is Kandi so against doing music with Xscape?
No, I feel like I really enjoy performing with my group members, but at this age, I want to be able to do whatever I want to do and business-wise, I want to be able to be in control of my own situation. You know when you’re doing business with four different people with four situations…everybody has their own mindset of how they want to handle business. And the more and more stuff you do together, it’s kind of like, ‘OK,’ you know? When you’re doing a tour, it’s like, ‘OK, we’re doing this tour, and we’re going to make it happen.’ And the fans I loving it, and that’s awesome…
Well, I liked her answer – she had a different answer before, that I heard. That different answer was that you felt like the music and the artists and where y’all at as a group – you didn’t want to tarnish the success.
Well, yeah. Like back in the day, we sold multi-platinum records, and it’s not the same as it was then. You know what I’m saying? Now it’s a totally different way that people sell records, and I don’t know if it’ll ever be back the same as it once was, as far as having multiple platinum hits. So in my mind I feel like, ‘Why tarnish that?’ If you’re on top, why put out a record that may be like ‘meh?’
Man, Kandi ain’t got no faith in y’all makin’ no hits!
Now, see y’all trying to make it something else!
When we first came out, it was never predicated on how many records we were going to sell. We just did it because of the love, and then things happened…I want to be able to do what I love, and if people embrace it – they embrace it. And to me – that is success.
Because if you do a solo record and they don’t embrace it, it’s still kind of the same thing.
Either way, it’s still like if it’s not going to be something that I’ll smash what you’ve done before, you might as well do something brand new and totally different, and have fun with it and be able to be in control of what you’re doing. It’s like when you have four people, you gotta get four people on the same page creatively and business-wise. And we’re not always on the same page.
It was actually really easy when we did it [the EP].
Oop! The last exchange was an awkward moment between Kandi and Tamika, whose personal issues lead to Kandi declaring that she would never return to Xscape. This was also discussed during the interview.
Since their reunion tour – the nationwide “Great Xscape Tour” – LaTocha, Tamika, and Tiny proceeded as a trio, stylized as Xscap3. Kandi joined the Broadway production of “Chicago.”
Despite the group having difference of opinion on new music, the So So Def Cultural Currency Tour kicks off in October. Watch the rest of their interview with The Breakfast Club below:
Written by Miata Shanay