The upcoming Verzuz Battle will focus on the most popular R&B girl groups in 1990 in a voice show that is sure to lift the roof. The one-year birthday plan for the popular band online is set to be at 8:00 p.m. ET on May 8 and will include SWV vs Xscape.
The SWV Verzuz Xscape will follow the next April 4 old school game between Isley Brothers vs Earth Wind Fire Verzuz Battle and April 20 between Redman vs Method Man Verzuz Battle.
SWV Verzuz Xscape
New York new jack swing trio SWV (Sisters With Voices) – featuring Cheryl Gamble, Leanne Lyons, and Tamara Johnson – was one of the most successful R&B voice bands in the 90s, with hits like Billboard Hot 1oo No. 1 “Weak,” and “I’m So Into You,” “Right Here (Human Nature Remix)” and “That’s You.” The trio released their first single, About Time, in 1992. They released two more albums, 1996’s New Starting, and 1997’s Release Some Tension, before being released in 1998 and reunited in 2005.
Atlanta’s four-member Xscape – which includes Tameka “Tiny” Harris, LaTocha Scott, Tamika Scott, and Kandi Burruss – was acquired by producer/rapper Jermaine Dupri, who signed them to his label So So Def, who released their first single, Hummin ‘Comic’ At ‘No, in 1993. The debut played the band’s signature songs, “Understanding” and “Just Kickin ‘It,” followed in 1995’s Off the Hook and their final efforts, 1998’s Traces of My Lipstick.
SWV vs Escape
The group continued to hiatus after Lipstick and rescheduled it in 2005, with the first quartet reunited in 2017 at the BET Awards. Harris is currently facing allegations of sexual harassment and a male therapist TI, based on more than a dozen women who claim the couple committed a series of incidents including kidnapping, rape, and drug trafficking; the couple denies the allegations.
Just Kickin’ It
There’s no way that we could position the song and video that put Xscape on the map anywhere but at the number one spot. “Just Kickin’ It” opens up with Kandi, LaTocha, Tiny, and Tamika clad in baggy pants and oversized tees, and we can honestly admit that we were not expecting the smooth R&B sounds that followed. Plus, the choreography was easy enough for us to memorize and cool enough for us to perform at impromptu talent shows when were growing up. 10/10.
Feels So Good
When Xscape wasn’t wearing tomboy outfits and dancing, they were being sexy. Like, really sexy. “Feels So Good” embodies the sexiness of 90’s R&B, with all the classic elements: skintight black turtlenecks, wet hair, and Jermaine Dupri. We’re sold!
It’s impossible to talk about Xscape without talking about “Understanding.” This song is applicable to basically every relationship you may have, romantic, platonic, or otherwise. It has just the right amount of angst to make it a perfect song to belt out in the shower at the top of your lungs.
Right Here (Human Nature Radio Mix)
The original version of the song was already dope, but the remix took it to another level. The song still remains in heavy rotation at R&B parties.
I’m So Into You
A funky New Jack Swing anthem that is one of the many legendary songs writer/producer Brian Alexander Morgan created for the group.
Next in our Top 10 Best Songs showcase, we celebrate the legendary legacy of SWV by revisiting their discography. As with all of these features, our goal is to highlight what we consider to be the best songs they’ve given us over the years.