Sep 13, 2013

ROOTS & RHYTHM: TLC - "No Scrubs"

When XSCAPE broke up after internal conflicts, it was hard to tell what to expect from the individual members.  Over time, Kandi Burruss has continued to build on her opportunity with music and develop a business sense that has sustained her initial success.

Kandi with her hair pressed straight.

"I may be small but my empire keeps on growing."
                                                                                                   -Kandi Burruss

When you consider everything that Kandi has achieved since her time with XSCAPE, she serves as perfect inspiration for Super September.  Kandi worked to launch a solo career afterwards, but never found the same success.  Instead of stepping away from what she loved, she channeled her creativity and gifts into other artists through writing and production.

Kandi let her hair fly a free on this day.
Working with artists like NSync, Mariah Carey, Destiny's Child, Pink, Whitney Houston, and Alicia Keys afforded Kandi the opportunity to establish herself as permanent fixture in the music industry.  Her efforts earned her a Grammy and ASCAP Songwriter of the Year in 2000.

Kandi rode the wave of her writing success right to the set of The Real Housewives of Atlanta where she revealed her business mind to the world.  Today Kandi has a production company and record label, an affiliate program, boutiques, an app, and now her own show on Bravo, The Kandi Factory.

Here is Kandi's secret for smoothing out her curls.
Through it all, Kandi has balanced all of the things that every woman deals with and did it well.  Her daughter obviously adores her and after devastating heartbreak, she's found love again.  Couple that with getting back in shape in the last few years and it seems that Kandi is poised to step to the next level...again.

Kandi with her daughter, Riley, and their hair stylist Gocha Hawkins of Gocha Salon.

Here's a flashback to the song that earned her a Grammy, TLC's No Scrubs.

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