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

February 13, 2013 ‐ By Iva Anthony

"En Vogue album cover"

En Vogue

Two music producers from Oakland held auditions for a singing group in 1989 and En Vogue was born. Their rich and soulful voices blended together harmoniously and these four powerhouse singers rocketed to stardom. Cindy Herron, Maxine Jones, Dawn Robinson, and Terry Ellis went on to experience enormous success, becoming one of the most successful female singing groups of all time. En Vogue would win numerous awards and receive tons of accolades in the 90’s before Robinson abruptly left the group over stalled contract negotiations in 1997; Jones left the group four years later. Though a new member joined the two members  who remained, En Vogue never reached its previous pinnacle of success. A few years later the original four reunited but this proved to be short-lived. In August of 2012, Jones and Robinson announced they were once again leaving the group, this time to create their own En Vogue, ultimately creating a showdown in court for the group’s name.

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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.