Team Work Didn’t Make The Dream Work: Performers Who Kicked Their Groups To The Curb

August 8, 2013  |  
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Groups may be a good way to get on, but when it came time for these standout singers and rappers to really make a name for themselves, they had to kiss their group members goodbye.

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Bey started off her career as 1/4 of the group Destiny’s Child. We think after all that controversy surrounding Beyonce regarding the problems in the group, she must of said forget this, I rather do this alone! She ultimately made one of the best decisions for her career.

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Before getting his start on Interscope Records, Eminem was apart of the group,D12. This group gained a little celebrity in their home town, but Eminem went for the ultimate career goal by starring as his own solo artist and bringing the team along afterwards.


Bobby V

The R&B group Mista had one hit song, “Blackberry Molasses,” in the 90s. Many people had no clue that ex-DTP artist Bobby V was apart of this group. It’s safe to say that Bobby V deciding to branch off on his own was a good idea. Mista died out after Blackberry Molasses.

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R. Kelly

Before R.Kelly took the world by storm with his solo album, “12 Play,” he was the lead singer of a group called Public Announcement. These guys would sing back up for R.Kelly as he wowed the crowd. We all know that R. Kelly didn’t need them as much as they needed him.


Kandi Burress

When the SoSo Def group XScape disbanded in the late 90s, it was rumored to have been Kandi’s fault because Latasha was suppose to be the lead singer and Kandi was now singing lead on every track. Well, Kandi still gets the last laugh as she became a hit song writer and a decent recording artist. XScape was stunting her growth.

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2 Chainz

It never dawned on us that 2 Chainz was apart of the duo, Playaz Circle. We have no idea what happened between now and then but it’s the same person rapping. We guess he switched up his swag and got the right people on his team. 2 Chainz is a hot commodity now.

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Shawty Lo

D4L had everyone jamming to their hit, “Laffy Taffy,” but when Shawty Lo decided to do his own thing with his hit song, “They Know” after the group went south, he showed everyone that he didn’t really need them. He was determined to make it on his own.



Marsha Ambrosius

Floetry was a fly group. Their songs were soulful and together they made good music. However. Ms. Marsha Ambrosius got a new style, new attitude, lost some weight and went solo and is doing more than fine on her own.


The Braxtons

The Braxton sister all started their singing careers as a group, minus Traci. After Toni Braxton was discovered, she left the group and went off to have award-winning albums. Fortunately for her sisters, she used them as her do wop pop pop backup singers.

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Dawn Richard

There’s no surprise that Danity Kane didn’t last long. They didn’t stand a chance with Diddy as their boss. However, it’s always good when the boss likes you because he took Dawn under his wings and now she’s the only member of Danity Kane that actually still has a career.


K-Ci and JoJo

K-Ci and JoJo were 1/2 of the R&B group Jodeci. We guess K-Ci and JoJo felt they didn’t need Devante and the other member. They both went on to have a good career before the drugs and alcohol.

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Michael Jackson

Jackson 5 was a solid group; however, everyone knew it was something special about Michael Jackson. When he decided to leave the group and start his solo career, he could not be stopped. He made the Jackson name famous and paved the way for his sister.

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Method Man

M.E.T.H.O.D Man is still a member of Wu Tang Clan, but at some point he decide to spread his wings and try his hand at a solo career. He did pretty well with a Grammy award winning song with Mary J Blige and joining Red Man on a few albums. Method Man could actually stand on his own but we still like him apart of the Wu Tang Clan.

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Missy Elliot

At first, Missy was lead singer of a group called, Fayze which was later renamed Sista. Not garnishing much success and their record label collapsing, Missy went solo and would feature on Timbaland, Ginuwine and Magoo songs. Here is where she made a name for herself as one of the hottest female rappers in the game.


Gerald Levert

Gerald Levert was a part of the 80s group, The Leverts. This group consisted of Gerald’s younger brother and a friend. They did have much success as a group but sometimes you just have to grow. Levert went solo in 1991 and the rest was history.

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