It took several years in the making, but every member of Xscape came together and documented their journey for Bravo’s Xscape: Still Kickin’ It reality show, which premiered Sunday night to the delight of fans.
Widely documented is the relationship breakdown between members Kandi Burruss and Tamika Scott after rumors began circulating about Burruss being promiscuous with their So So Def management team in the 1990s. Scott eventually publicly apologized and the group reunited to address a biopic being made without their permission—which eventually led to the idea of them reuniting for a series of performances.
But in the premiere episode, fans find out that the issues with Xscape run far deeper that just radio rumors.
“In 2001 when the girls were ready to come back as a group the first time, I wasn’t ready to,” Burruss said in her confessional after a rehearsal where the other three members are singing a revised version one of their hit songs.
Xscape member LaTocha Scott then chimed in, “About three years after the group dissolved, all of us were missing the stage. We were missing being together. And at that point Kandi was just like, ‘No, I don’t want to do it.’ And we were willing to go on with just three.”
“But it didn’t work,” said Tamika.
Burruss then noted, “If it wouldn’t have popped off with just the three of them, they would have looked at me and thrown the middle finger up. Believe that. But because it didn’t work, now, they want me to be a part of it.”
Adding, “Now I feel left out. Clearly everybody knows this but me.”
Burruss also noted that the slight age difference between her an LaTocha have caused a friction of opinions —since high school— with Burruss feeling dismissed as the youngest member.
After a practice session gone sour, argument over the performance set list and additional pressure of a last-minute BET performance, tensions are high.
We know they get it together in time to kill the BET Awards, ESSENCE Fest and a big Detroit show. But the journey to get there is way more dramatic than we could have imagined.