Date of Interview: 09/02/2009
© 2009 Clayton Perry
With hindsight as our guide, time has shown that Kandi Burruss has been the central and driving force behind the development of the contemporary canon of women’s empowerment music. As a member of Xscape, Kandi contributed her vocals to a string of gold and platinum R&B classics, like “Understanding,” “Who Can I Run To” and “The Arms of the One Who Loves You.” Although an accomplished vocalist, Burruss would make history as a songwriter. Her songwriting and production credits include the following groundbreaking singles: “Bills, Bills, Bills” (Destiny’s Child), “There You Go” (Pink), “4,5,6” (Sole), and the unforgettable, GRAMMY-winning “No Scrubs” (TLC).
In the months following her win at the 2000 GRAMMY Awards, Kandi Burruss became the first female recipient of the ASCAP [American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers] Rhythm & Soul Music Award for “Songwriter of the Year.” The accolade would go on to blaze a well-paved trail for a host of African-American women. As a matter of fact, in 2001, the subsequent year, Beyonce Knowles would follow in Burruss’ footsteps and win the “Songwriter of the Year” award at the ASCAP’s Pop Music Awards.
Upon the release of B.L.O.G., Kandi Burruss’ highly-anticipated sophomore solo release, the talented singer/songwriter managed to squeeze some time out of her busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry — reflecting on Queen Latifah, “Leroy Jones,” and the difficulties girl groups face.