Hits For Days: Did You Know Kandi Wrote Or Produced These Songs?

April 10, 2013  |  
Source: WENN

Everyone knows that Kandi Burruss is a hitmaker. Being able to purchase her first home at 19 years old, it’s clear that this woman has been thinking business for a long time. Despite what some of her Real Houswives’ cast mates and even former group members would have us believe about her, Kandi has more than proven she’s not one to sleep on. In addition to writing bangers, she was also the first African American woman to be named songwriter of the year by the prestigious American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP) in 2000. Her accolades are numerous but we’re sure that you really don’t know ’bout Kandi like you should. So in an effort to be informed, check out the hits Kandi’s made over the years. We’re sure there will be some surprises.

Source: Arista

No Scrubs- TLC

Best to get the one you know out of the way. No doubt, Kandi is still collecting royalties for her Grammy Award winning song, “No Scrubs.” I’m sure we all remember how monumental this song was. “No Scrubs,” co written by Chilli, T-Boz, Debra Killings, Kandu and Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, was the first song to receive that amount airplay. It was the first song to peak at 140 million audience impressions. Spending 15 weeks at the top, the song still holds the record for longest run on the Rhythmic Top 40.

Source: Columbia

The Writing’s On The Wall Destiny’s Child

If you love Destiny’s Child’s second album The Writing’s On The Wall, then you love Kandi Burruss. She wrote and produced several of the best songs on the hit album including, my favorite, “So Good,” “Bills,  Bills, Bills,” “Bug-A-Boo,” “She Can’t Love You” and “Hey Ladies. In a sit down interview, B Scott asked Kandi if she felt like, with hits like “No Scrubs” and “Bills, Bills, Bills,” that she contributed to the “girl power,” “women’s empowerment” movement in music. Kandi said she can’t take all the credit but she definitely had a hand in it.

Source: YouTube

There You Go- Pink

Remember when Pink was singing urban music? Before she made the switch to a more alternative sound, Pink collaborated with Kandi Burruss and Kevin “She’kspere” Briggs to write the song and Briggs to produce it. The song, which served as Pink’s debut, was a major hit in both the US and abroad. The song was number 2 on Billboard’s Pop charts.

Source: Jive

It Makes Me Ill- N’Sync

Kandi not only wrote the lyrics for this song along with long time partner Kevin “She’kspere” Briggs, she also served as a vocal arranger and producer for the song. The song was featured on N’Sync’s hit album No Strings Attached.

Source: Columbia

Jane Doe- Alicia Keys

If you remember Alicia Keys’ debut album you may have heard Alicia shout out Kandi on the “Jane Doe” track. “Kan-dee collabo…” Kandi wrote the song with Keys and then sang background on the track.

Source: Arista

Tell Me No- Whitney Houston

Kandi teamed up with Babyface, Holly Lamar and Annie Roboff to write this heroic rock-and- roll anthem for the diva’s fifth studio album, Just Whitney which was released in 2002. Babyface would produce the song.

Source: Columbia

Solo Star- Solange

Unfortunately, this is probably one of Kandi’s least successful songs. “Solo Star” was the title track for Solange’s debut album, released in 2002. The album underperformed, only selling 112, 000 copies and dropped off the charts after a while.  In her defense, this album was released before Solange was really able to explore the musical style.

 

Source: Universal

Good Guy- Boyz II Men

2000 was a great year for Kandi. In addition to releasing “No Scrubs” and “Bills, Bills, Bills” she also wrote “Good Guy” for Boyz II Men’s LP Nathan Michael Shawn Wanya. The album was named after the group members because this was the first album where they had the most creative control.

Source: Interscope

How You Gonna Tell Me- Mya

Kandi picked up the pen once again for Mya’s Fear of Flying album. If you’ve forgotten what the song was about, it’s about a woman who’s always ready and willing to give advice though she has no experience in these various areas. Mya wrote this song along with Kandi and Briggs. Kandi and Briggs also shared producers credits for this track.

Source: Columbia

X Girlfriend- Mariah Carey

In 1999, the year before Kandi started penning mega hits, she worked with Mariah Carey for her Rainbow album. She, along with Mariah Carey and Briggs, wrote the song X Girlfriend. Kandi and Carey also produced the track together.

Source: Universal

Best Man- Faith Evans

Talk about controversy. Though this song was clearly written for The Best Man soundtrack, people speculated, based on the suggestive lyrics, that Faith was singing about her husband Biggie and the alleged affair she had with Tupac.

Source: DreamWorks

4,5,6 – Sole

If you remember this hit, it’s no surprise that Kandi wrote this song. After all, she sang the chorus and background vocals. In this one, Sole and Kandi warn their men that whenever they get horny, instead of dipping out they should just come home and let their women take care of them.

Source: YouTube

Ready-N-Toon

If you’re like me, you probably don’t remember N-Toon at all. But I’m bringing your attention to the fact that Kandi wrote this song because Lloyd is the lead singer of this group. Also if you decide to watch the video you’ll notice that Sammie makes an appearance in the video alongside young Lloyd.

Source: Arista

Pop Ya Collar – Usher

Did you have the 8701 album? It was no Confessions but there were a couple of gems on the album including “Pop Ya Collar.” This uptempo, confidence boosting track was penned and vocally produced by Kandi as well. The song has an interesting history. First it appeared on his third studio album All About U. Later, it was re-released on 8701.

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  • rainbow

    too much damn clicks!

  • Kendra Johnson

    I used to LOVE “Good Guy”. I didn’t know she made that one.

  • Estelle

    why on earth should Kandi be doped? She is a wonderful artist, a great friend even to Kim
    who sang like me (not a compliment) a caring mother, daughter and a funny housewife to watch because although she has money, she is very modest and is a hard worker, ok ok
    i am Team Kandi….lol

    • rainbow

      team khandi straight! Love her!

  • Steve Stone

    Now y’all know why her mama is steadily actin a fool. Kandi got skills with that pen and worth 35 million because of it.

  • manonyme

    ALL THIS TIME and i didn’t know my girl wrote ‘there you go!’ … you know, back when pink was black for a brief moment…that whole album was really good too. yeah, hits fa days.

    • rainbow

      lol, right?!! I was thinking that too. That was back when pink was down with the brown lol!

  • Jacee

    I NEVER knew Kandi wrote soo many good and great songs for soo many artists. Tiny’s songwriting is shouted from the rooftops, but I think Kandi passes Tiny by alot?!
    I havnt seen all RHOA episodes, but Id reckon Nene jealous-aint her money from her rich OLD MAN husband?!? Smh Kandi’s wealth has it’s origins in God Given TALENT.

    • SonnySky

      Kandi talked about that songwriting and how many of them take those songs she wrote and change the lines leaving her with little money or recognition.

  • A couple of songs that Kandi Burruss wrote (And I’m surprised they weren’t mentioned):
    “I Think That I Should Be” by Mista (Bobby Valentino’s former group)
    “Single For The Rest Of My Life” by Isyss

  • jennae

    I loooooooove Ready by N-Toon!!!!!

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  • mik bailey

    Bey and Kelly look quite different here; nose, chiseled faces, cheek bones, etc. Know they both also had breast augmentation, lipo and butt implants. Thank God for pics, they don’t lie.

  • I love “it makes me ill” by Nsync

  • Nina

    i already thought kandi was dope. i had no idea she was such a prolific
    writer; humble and seems pretty cool considering…. good for her!

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  • Meyaka

    Nice resume, Big ups Sister.

  • Cathy

    ive posted two comments MadamNoire what kind cencorship is this?

    • Guess

      ikr. these sites are ridiculous with the censorship. don’t even think about going onto clutch magazine’s site. the site staff will actually cut into the dialogue and scold ppl about disagreeing with them. hilarious yet sad.

  • Cathy

    Kandi please don’t waste your time on filth = kim zolciak a user with a personality disorder

  • Cathy

    Kandi is an amazing woman, talented and a star a real role model unlike the trash of today with the likes of Rhianna et al

  • Cathy

    Kandi is an amazing woman, talented and a star a real role model unlike the trash of today with the likes of Rhianna et al

  • nolimit_soldier

    I remember when Kandi and Sole played strippers in Sole’s 4,5,6 video. Although that song is years old I still play that song and people always ask me is that song new lol smh (some people never even heard it before and still say its dope once I tell them that song is older than some of their kids)..I’m 24; that song had to come out when I was about 10, 11.
    “I don’t care if its 4,5,6,7,8 in the morning, boy you better call me when you think your getting h0rn3y. I don’t give a danmn about who you with just as long as you ain’t giving up my isht”

  • tysandsnyc

    What happened to Sammie and his fine asš?

    And Pop Ya Collar use to be my jam! Yaaaaaassssss!!!!!!

  • kd high

    She also collabed with E-40 in “trying to get you and that bootie”

  • TbeeZ

    I love Candy!

  • lilmissmatched

    Kandi is talented but that list definitely highlighted more of her shortcomings than her hits. She’s definitely a go-to writer in the industry so her repertoire has to be better that THAT….

  • sabrina

    I’m only familiar with 1-5, and 11, and I already really liked them all!!

  • This is the reason nene does not like Kandi-jealousy! If you remember one of the episodes-she was unpacking some of the awards she has won (I think she was placing them in her recording studio) Kandi does not seem to spend her money foolishly- & she probably has made some wise investments. Kandi has made her OWN money & this is why she is independent & does not have to depend on a man like nene & some of the other “gurls”.

    • Guesss

      why do we always feel the need to tear someone down in order to lift someone else up? this has zero to do with nene & as i recall the disagreement between nene and kandi ensued when kandi had a skrip per stir her drink & soon after began selling “intimate” toys, all of which nene believed were out of line. kandi is definitely talented, but i find her to be socially awkward and morally challenged… we need to stop placing so much emphasis on commercial success and instead focus on the content of ppl such as kandi’s character IN CONJUNCTION with commercial success…

  • Beejcee

    I couldn’t figure it out. Now I see why Nene is so jealous!!

    • Guesss

      why do we always feel the need to tear someone down in order to lift someone else up? this has zero to do with nene & as i recall the disagreement between nene and kandi ensued when kandi had a skrip per stir her drink with his “part” & soon after began selling “intimate” toys, all of which nene believed were out of line. kandi is definitely talented, but i find her to be socially awkward and morally challenged… we need to stop placing so much emphasis on commercial success and instead focus on the content of ppl such as kandi’s character IN CONJUNCTION with commercial success…

      • B Cooper

        No season two I think was THE FIRST season for Kandi, Nene said Kandi can not sing and the fight between them was on. I am not saying Nene was wrong IJS

  • nia

    Kandi is a beast! I really don’t know why she’s even on RHOA. She doesn’t need the check!

  • NYC Gal

    Kandi also wrote Independent Women for Destiny’s Child. I heard her mentioned this on RHOA. Beyonce took writing credit as usual.

  • gn

    She’s so incredibly talented.

  • SUN

    She’s like Nile Rogers from Chic,did so much for other artists and you would never know until some one mentions it..Then your like well Damn! Wow!!

    • Steve Stone

      Good point. And what a lot of folks don’t know, is that while the artists get the pub, the writer/producer keeps making that scratch years later. Nile Rodgers and Kandi ain’t going to be hurting anytime soon.

  • I must admit most of the songs I have never heard of but that still does not diminish the talent that she has……She made her own money and you cant ever be mad at that

    • LeeLeeC

      So true…but I remember Scrubs like it was yesterday…lol

    • SonnySky

      But their manager took it all–they like the boy groups back then were left penniless.

  • I know this is about songs Kandi wrote/produced but damn I cannot help but to notice how much Beyonce has changed! Wow!

    • Beejcee

      You took the words out of my mouth. I had to do a double take to make sure it was indeed Beyonce in that photo.

  • Ok

    Thats a great catalog of music go kandi…. But what recent hits has she written other than tardy for the party

    • They were only naming a few, I am sure there are more.

    • guest

      & how many hits have you written lately?

  • kiki

    i already thought kandi was dope. i had no idea she was such a prolific writer; humble and seems pretty cool considering…. good for her!

    • Steve Stone

      yep. Todd is a lucky mf

  • Keisha Samoht

    OMG ‘it makes me ill’….i STILL remember every word to it…. im bout to download it! thanks GREAT list MN!!! *6th grade!!!*