What Had Happened Was…Rap And R&B Groups That Didn’t Last Through The Fame

February 13, 2013 ‐ By Iva Anthony

Making it in the music industry as a solo artist is hard enough but when there are two or more people in a group, tensions are bound to arise because mo’ money plus mo’ people equal mo’ problems. Although they made beautiful music together, these 15 popular rap and R&B groups just couldn’t set aside their differences in the long run.

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Arrested Development

Afrocentric alternative hip-hop group Arrested Development became very popular in the early 90’s. Founded by Speech and his former best friend, DJ Headliner, along with Dionne Farris and spiritual leader Baba Oje, they are best known for their song “Everyday People.” In 1993 the group won Grammys for Best New Artist and Best Rap Performance. They were also tapped by Spike Lee to record a song for his “Malcolm X” biopic that same year. However, Arrested Development never eclipsed the success they had with their debut album. Their sophomore album was panned by critics and shortly after that the group broke up due to “creative differences.” The band patched things up four years later but things were never the same as they struggled to reclaim their popularity in the U.S. Today, the group continues to tour internationally and released their 10th album in 2012.

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  • ♏ ®

    Cindy Birdsong also sang with the Supremes.

  • Black


  • I wonder what happened to Kima from Total?? I just found out that her and Vida (that used to rap with Murder Inc) were sisters!

  • Tamz

    I keep missing EPMD’s “Unsung”!! I saw them in concert years ago rocking my asymmetrical haircut and British Knights!!! Lol

  • chanela

    LOL @ tiny in the damn back of the album cover. ahhhhhh

  • cellyb2000

    Uhh the superbowl was definitely THIS month…

  • What?

    TLC shouldn’t be on here.

  • What?

    TLC shouldn’t be on here.

    • Kenedy

      Even before the passing of Lisa, RIP, you could tell that Lisa wasn’t feeling the group thing anymorw & wanted to do her own thing, remember how she began missing appearances cause they weren’t getting along? so i think eventually they would have disbanded

  • bigdede

    I need an Xscape reunion. I will put up with Tiny’s face and the way she talks if I could just have ONE reunion concert. I need to hear them sing Your my little secret.

    • ♏ ®

      YESSS!! My goodness XScape & En Vogue blanked my entire 90’s with their melodious harmony. I still listen to both regularly because I have all their albums.

  • Is It 5:00 Yet?

    Kandi from Xscape is more than a reality tv star. She has written a lot of hit songs for artists.

    • FunnyChick

      Lets not forget her toy line, clothing store… Somebody need to rewatch the last 4 seasons of RHWA

      • Is It 5:00 Yet?

        You talking about them or me?

        • FunnyChick

          oh not to you i was talking to the person who wrote this.