Xscape, often referred to mononymously as the word "Escape," and
a pun on the common mispronunciation of that word, was a female American
R&B group originally starting out as a quintet then became a quartet,
the group had a string of hit songs during the 1990s. The original
lineup of the group consisted of sisters LaTocha Scott and Tamika Scott-Byas,
Kandi Burruss, Tameka "Tiny" Cottle, and Tamera Coggins.
LaTocha and Tamika Scott's father, Rev. Randolf Scott, was part
of the 1970s R&B group Scott Three during the early '70s. The
sisters were trained to sing by their father at an early age. They
sang in church and competed in talent shows around the area while
growing up. In the early '90s, they met Xscape's other three members,
Kandi Burruss, Tameka "Tiny" Cottle-Harris and Tamera Coggins,
at the magnet performing arts high school, Tri-Cities, in East Point,
Georgia, a city outside of Atlanta. Cottle's father, Charles Pope
and her uncle, Joseph Pope (1933-1996), were members of the R&B
group, The Tams.
 Hummin' Comin' at 'Cha (1992-1994)
Main article: Hummin' Comin' at 'Cha
After Coggins left the group in 1993, Xscape became a quartet. They
were later discovered by Jermaine Dupri while singing at an annual
Martin Luther King, Jr. festival in Atlanta. Dupri immediately signed
the group to his up and coming So So Def label. He debuted the quartet
at his birthday party in 1991. The group released their debut album,
Hummin' Comin' at 'Cha on October 12, 1993.. The album peaked
at number seventeen the U.S. Billboard 200 and number three on the
Top R&B Albums chart. It was a critical and commercial success,
being certified platinum within a year and launching two top ten
single. The debut single, "Just Kickin' It" and second
single "Understanding" both entered the top 10 of the official
Hot 100 and became platinum and gold certified number-one hits on
the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The follow up singles, "Love
on My Mind" and "Tonight" didn't receive the same
The group's lyrics, which were chiefly written and produced by Dupri,
had strong, female-empowering, soulful, and powerful vocals with
harmonization. The musical formula was augmented by the girls' baggy
and cool down-to-earth Atlanta style.
The group later appeared on The Mask soundtrack.
 Off the Hook (1995-1998)
Main article: Off the Hook (Xscape album)
After much success, Xscape released their second studio album, Off
the Hook, in 1995. The lead single, "Feels So Good", reached
the top 40 of the US Hot 100, while "Who Can I Run To" peaked
at #8. The follow-up singles "Do You Want To" and "Can't
Hang", the latter featuring rapper MC Lyte, were released as
a double A-side single. It went only as high as number 50 on the
Hot 100, but peaked at #9 on the "Hot R&B/Hip Hop" charts.
The album eventually went platinum.
In 1996, the group was featured on MC Lyte's single "Keep On,
Keepin' On", which appeared on the Sunset Park soundtrack. The
single reached the top ten on the "Hot 100" and #3 on the
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
In 1997 the group's popularity was growing, and their songs appeared
on the soundtracks to the films Love Jones and Soul Food.
 Traces of My Lipstick (1998-2001)
Main article: Traces of My Lipstick
In early 1998, Xscape was featured on the Keith Sweat-production
by R&B new-coming group Ol' Skool on the single "Am I Dreamin'".
The single was a success in North America, peaking at #31 on the "Hot
100". The single would later be featured on their third album "Traces
of My Lipstick".
The third Xscape album,Traces of My Lipstick, debuted at No. 28
on the Billboard 200 and at No.6 on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop album
chart; over a million copies were sold in the U.S. The album featured
the top ten hit "The Arms of the One Who Loves You", which
reached number 7 on the "Hot 100" chart, and "My Little
Secret," which reached number 9. Although there wasn't an official
third single released, "Softest Place on Earth" reached
number 28 on the "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs" chart.
The group also made appearances on the Big Momma's House and Hardball
soundtracks. They later disbanded.
 Unchained and present (2003-present)
After a five-year hiatus, sisters LaTocha and Tamika Scott reunited
with Tameka "Tiny" Cottle. They replaced Kandi Burruss
with Kiesha Miles to sing background to record a fourth album, Unchained.
The new single "What's Up" was released on a mixtape and
later got some airplay in hometown Atlanta. However, the album
wasn't released due to lack of promotion from the record label.
 Solo careers
 Tamika Scott
Scott released the single "Day & Night" in Japan.
She also appeared in the 2004 Tyler Perry play, Meet the Browns originating
the role of Millet Jenay Baptiste-Brown. She has written, produced,
and arranged four songs for and is featured as a solo artist on the
movie soundtrack of Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls, which was
released January 16, 2007 on Atlantic Records. In 2010, she made
a female version of "Say Ahh" with the female rappers Trina,
Rasheeda, and Gloss Da Boss. On December 18 2010 She did a play called
Christmas In The Hood.
 LaTocha Scott
Scott, Recorded a solo album, titled Solo Flight, and made appearances
on Jermaine Dupri's song "All That's Got to Go" and J-Shin's "One
Night Stand", which was Scott's first solo R&B single. She
also appears on "Liar, Liar" from the soundtrack of The
Best Man, Cha Cha's "Dear Diary," and Trick Daddy's single "Thug
 Kandi Burruss
Main article: Kandi Burruss
Burruss has co-written song for artists such as Mariah Carey, Pink,
Whitney Houston and Alicia Keys. Also written songs for artist like
TLC, Destiny's Child, 'N Sync, Boyz II Men, and Faith Evans. In 1999,
she appeared on Solé's debut album and was also in a video
for the single, titled "4, 5, 6". In 2000, Columbia Records
released her solo debut, Hey Kandi, which featured the hit song "Don't
Think I'm Not." On December 14, 2010, Buress released the album
1Kandi Koated featuring tracks "Fly Above" and "Leave
U." She is also responsible for discovering male R&B quartet
Burruss sang backup on LSG's "Wide Open" on their final
album, LSG2 in 2003. In 2006, she released "I Need", featuring
Eightball & MJG from an upcoming solo album on UpFront Records.
She is also featured on E-40's hit "U and Dat" and performs
under the name Kandi Girl. In 2007, she formed a duo, Peach Candy,
with Atlanta female rapper Rasheeda 
In 2009, Burruss joined the hit Bravo reality show, The Real Housewives
 Tameka "Tiny" Cottle
Main article: Tameka Cottle
Cottle co-wrote TLC's 1999 hit "No Scrubs" with Burruss,
with her singing vocals on the chorus of the song and on Lil' Kim's "I
Know You See Me", Lil Bow Wow's "Let's Get Down",
and on 8Ball & MJG's "Things We Used to Do."
Cottle is still in the music business, and has branched out into
television. She stars in the BET reality show Tiny & Toya which
follows Cottle and her friendship with Antonia "Toya" Johnson
Carter, the ex-wife of rap artist Lil’ Wayne. Cottle and rapper
T.I. have been dating since 2001; they married on July 30, 2010
in Miami Beach, Florida.