What Went Wrong? Supergroups That Could Have Been Awesome, But Were A Bust
A lot of popular musicians admire one another and often work together on projects. But every now and then, these people try to come together to create an actual supergroup of sorts. Multiple established individuals working under one name, one sound. And while the idea of supergroups is cool, many don’t make it. Why? Label conflict, big egos, and sometimes, fans just aren’t feeling what they’re selling. Here are 10 examples of supergroups that have been a bust for a variety of reasons.
Ever wonder what it’d be like if “Real Housewives of Atlanta” crossed over with “Love and Hip Hop”? Meet Peach Candy. Comprised of singer/songwriter Kandi Burruss and rapper Rasheeda Buckner-Frost, the duo provided a unique sound of crunk/hip-hop tracks with an R&B flare. The group disbanded because of their busy schedules and never released an album (they ladies are still close friends though). But they did release several singles like “Crazy,” “Bam,” “Wish I Never” and “Rain At Home” featuring Lil Scrappy.
When Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank announced that they would come together and form a supergroup, we weren’t sure what to expect. However, after releasing an official remix to Tank’s “Please Don’t Go,” TGT proved that they were an R&B force to be reckoned with. Despite being together for almost six years, due to individual scheduling issues and label conflicts, the group didn’t release their first album until 2013. In 2014, the group was nominated for The Best R&B Album Grammy, as well as BET’s Best Group. And while they sound good, they aren’t as solid as they should be and have put on some…”interesting” performances (I’m looking at you Ginuwine). The men have slowly but surely gone back to focusing on their own projects.
Andre 3000, Kanye West Fonzworth Bentley and music group Sa-Ra suited up to make their public debut as the Cool Outrageous Lovers of Uniquely Raw Style to help push Bentley’s song “Everybody.” Although we’re more than sure this was a one-time thing, we still can’t get enough of watching Kanye jig in between the smooth verses spit by Fonzworth and 3Stacks.
Child Rebel Soldier (Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco)
Individually, each man that made up this supergroup has an incredible sense of style and a lot of talent. So it’s no surprise that their first track together showed off such unique talents, but blended into a powerful and thought-provoking hit entitled “Us Placers.” Sadly, this collaboration, along with the remix to “Everyone Nose” and the track “Don’t Stop” was the most we got from the group as each artist began to delve into their individual projects. Despite rumors of their return, in 2013 Lupe Fiasco announced via Twitter that Child Rebel Solider was officially defunct.
What do you get when you put Lil Wayne, Juvenile, B.G. and Turk on a track? One of the greatest rap supergroups of all time! No one put it on for “the 99 and the 2000” better than this supergroup of trapping and rapping New Orleans natives. After their first studio album soared to number 37 on the Billboard Hip-Hop/R&B charts, we knew that this group was destined for more success. However, after each member found success in their solo careers, that was all she wrote…
Don Cornelius was truly onto something when he decided to create Soul Train “spin-off” group, Shalamar. The project that was originally meant as a disco-driven vehicle went on to become a hit R&B group that included super talented Soul Train dancers Jody Watley and Jeffrey Daniel and introduced the world to Howard Hewett. The group topped the charts with hits like “A Night to Remember,” “This Is For The Lover In You” and “I Can Make You Feel Good.” But the original members started to file out of the group one-by-one and were eventually replaced with members we just couldn’t get with.
Milestone almost became a real group. The group consisted of Babyface, brothers Melvin and Kevon, and K-Ci and Jo-Jo. The men came together to make a fictional group called Milestone to release the song “I Care About You” for the Soul Food soundtrack. The only reason they didn’t get to put out any other music as a group was because of label conflicts.
Before the record label, there was Murder Inc. the supergroup, which was comprised of rappers Jay Z, Ja Rule and DMX. Together the trio released a plethora of singles produced by Irv Gotti. But after being together for some time, egos reportedly split them apart, specifically drama between Jay and DMX.
Fantastic Four (Common, Black Thought, Talib Kweli, Pharoah Monch)
The Fantastic Four was pretty much a conscious hip-hop collaboration dream. Despite the buzz and their joint appearance on Lyricist Lounge Vol. 1, the group never released an official album and don’t seem like they’ll be reuniting anytime soon.
Brandy & Monica
While they never officially called themselves a supergroup, Brandy and Monica collaborated more than once (“The Boy Is Mine” and “It All Belongs To Me”), have covered magazines together and were planning to tour together. Well…that didn’t happen. Once the single “It All Belongs To Me” did less than stellar, Brandy stated that she wanted to hit the road by herself.
“Um, honestly, we haven’t really talked about it since we stopped promoting “It All Belongs to Me.” I just honestly think Monica and I are in different places in our music. And my vibe is a little bit different this time around so I don’t know. I kind of wanna do my own thing.”