Some may know her as one of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” while others may be familiar with her work with 90’s girl group, Xscape. Even if you don’t know her by name Kandi Burruss has earned her fame. Xscape released 3 platinum CDs, but the group broke up and went their separate ways. Kandi continued to record and released a solo project, “Hey Kandi” which was received with mixed reviews. She forged ahead and has been successful behind the scenes writing hit songs for mega songstresses such as Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Pink, and TLC in which she received numerous awards including a Grammy for “No Scrubs”.
Kandi has kept on going and showing that she’s still got it wearing various hats – singer, songwriter, producer, entrepreneur (clothing store Tags Boutique) and Internet radio personality (Kandi Koated Nights). In 2009, Kandi came back into the spotlight on Season 2 of the reality T.V. show “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” (isn’t the definition of a housewife is a married woman who takes care of things at home while her husband is considered the breadwinner?) Weren’t there any other married women in ATL that could have been included in this chaotic cast? This is where reality T.V. becomes a little distorted, because Kandi was only engaged and also the one making more money in the relationship.
Kandi keeps it 100 for the most part, but sometimes she lets her sweet side get suckered by a so called friend she penned a song for and didn’t receive one dime for her time (the only thing she got was a tacky wig as a birthday present). Giving someone a gift certificate to a salon is one thing, but as a Black woman, I would be offended if someone gave me a wig as a gift. As Kandi stated on the show, “the wig looks hookerish” and “wish she would have given me the royalties for “Tardy for The Party.” Hopefully Kandi has learned her lesson and will get paid this go round for “The Ring Didn’t Mean a Thing” (sorry but the other fake Housewife of Atlanta cannot sing even with Auto-Tune). The concept for the song comes from the wacked Kim Zolciak’s on again off again relationship with a married man referred to on the show as “Big Poppa”, but Kandi gets all the credit for creating the lyrics and the sound.
Kandi not only can write a banging song, but on the show she came up with some of the most cackling catch phrases. On Season 2 she and the notorious NeNe Leakes had a confrontation at snobby Sheree Whitfield’s Independence Party in which NeNe was going off on Kandi about some he say/she say nonsense. Kandi tried to stay cool calm and collected, but when NeNe got up in her face, she had to put her in her place telling NeNe she is “acting all hyped and crunk”. When NeNe got louder Kandi couldn’t control herself and told her she needed to “bring it on down, bring it on down.” On Season 3, Kandi describes Phaedra Parks’ baby shower as “Boughetto”, a combination of bourgeois and ghetto.
Well being on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” has worked to Kandi’s advantage. It gave her the exposure she needed to get back on her singing game. By the end of Season 2, it was reported that Kandi’s Fiancé, Ashley “A.J.” Jewel, was killed in a club brawl. With all that she has gone through musically and personally, Kandi comes back strong with a song called “Fly Above” which you will absolutely love. The tune was featured on the show, but is not the jump of single for her upcoming CD, “Kandi Koated”. “Leave You” will be the lead song on Kandi’s long awaited solo project. The video was debuted on BET’s 106 & Park. Although she’s singing about leaving her lover to be with another if he doesn’t get his act together, this song will leave you longing for more.
Stay tuned for the upcoming review of Kandi Buruss’ CD “Kandi Koated”.