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RADIOSCOPE REWIND: Xscape Talks ‘Off the Hook’ CD in ’96, Two Years Before Everything Went Left (Listen)

*Xscape had set the bar high for their second album.

The Atlanta-based quartet made an immediate impact with their 1993 debut “Hummin’ Comin’ at ‘Cha” – a critical and commercial triumph that saw platinum sales of a million within a year – that the pressure was on for their second studio album “Off the Hook,” released in July of 1995.

Jermaine Dupri, who discovered and signed the quartet to his So So Def label, was back in the producer’s chair for the album’s 12 tracks, four of which became singles: “Feels So Good,” “Who Can I Run To,” and the songs “Do You Want To” and “Can’t Hang” released as a double A-side.

“Off the Hook” would eventually become their second album to go platinum, largely on sales of its most successful single, “Who Can I Run To,” which peaked at No. 8.

We sat down with future reality stars Kandi Burruss and Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, and siblings LaTocha and Tamika Scott to talk about the success of their first album, being driven hard by Dupri to duplicate the success of “Hummin'” remaining level headed in the game and much more.

Listen to the RadioScope segment on Xscape and their album “Off the Hook,” which originally aired the weekend of Jan 6, 1996.

No one could know that just two years after this RadioScope interview, LaTocha’s solo aspirations and Kandi’s affair with Dupri would lead to the group’s breakup, only to be followed in 2017 by a reunion that was almost as messy. Watch recaps below:

Xscape: Still Kickin’ It: Kandi Confronts LaTocha About Her Solo Project (Episode 2) | Bravo

Kandi talks about her tryst with Dupri on “Wendy Williams”

“Who Can I Run To” – 2018 Reunion Performance at ASCAP Urban Awards in Beverly Hills

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