18 Forgotten R&B Girl Groups Of The ’90s

by (@sllambe)

10. For Real

Who: The soul quartet formed in 1993 and worked with Brian McKnight on their 1994 debut album. The album received rare critical success with Rolling Stone, which gave the album four stars. The album’s first three singles were minor hits and the record eventually sold over a million copies. They also contributed songs to several successful soundtracks, including Panther and Waiting To Exhale.

Biggest Hit: “Like I Do”

11. Jade

Who: The trio enjoyed a brief career from 1992 to 1995. They landed on the scene with three hit singles in 1992. However, by the end of 1993, things quickly fizzled for the group and faded into obscurity by the start of 1995.

Biggest Hit: “Don’t Walk Away”

12. K.P. & Envyi

Who: The hip-hop and R&B duo is best known for their single “Swing My Way,” which peaked in 1998. The one hit wonder’s song appeared on the soundtrack for Can’t Hardly Wait starring Ethan Embry and Jennifer Love Hewitt but that’s about all there is to say about this group.

Biggest Hit: “Swing My Way”

13. Kut Klose

Who: In 1994, Keith Sweat discovered this trio and produced their debut album. They scored a minor hit with “I Like” but failed to pick up any steam to get a second album, which is still listed as TBA on the group’s Wikipedia page.

Biggest Hit: “I Like”

14. SWV

Who: The trio easily ruled the radio in the early ’90s. Much like En Vogue, the group scored with massive crossover singles that saw them burn up the Billboard Hot 100. Their first album was one of the most successful debuts going triple platinum and producing hits, such as “Weak” and “Right Here/Human Nature.” The group eventually disbanded in 1998 handing over the R&B thrown to Destiny’s Child, who dominated the charts 1999 and on.

Biggest Hit: “Weak”

15. The Braxtons

Who: The group consisting of Toni and her sisters and Tamar, Towanda, Trina and Traci was mostly notable for launching Toni onto the scene. They released one single, “Good Life,” before being disbanded. L.A. Reid would later recruit Toni and sign her as a solo singer to LaFace Records.

Biggest Hit: “Good Life”

16. Total

Who: Total was one of Sean Combs’ major acts signed to Bad Boy Records in the mid ’90s. The trio first made their debut on Notorious B.I.G.’s single, “Juicy,” before working on their debut single, “Can’t You See.” The group produced two more top 10 R&B singles helping their debut album go platinum. The group probably earned most of their success thanks to be featured hook singers on tracks by LL Cool J, Foxy Brown and Mase.

Biggest Hit: “Can’t You See” (featuring Notorious B.I.G.)

17. Xscape

Who: The quartet, featuring Kandi Burruss, Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, LaTocha Scott and Tamika Scott were discovered by Jermaine Dupri in 1991. Their debut album was a commercial and critical success reaching number 17 on the Billboard 200. The success continued with two more albums that both went platinum. The group produced several major hits, though nothing as popular as their first single, “Just Kickin’ It.” After the group fizzled out, Burruss and Cottle both enjoyed extended success thanks to reality TV.

Biggest Hit: “Just Kickin’ It”

18. Zhane’

Who: The duo broke onto the scene as part of Queen Latifah’s hip-hop collective, Flavor Unit. They scored with “Hey Mr. D.J.,” the hip-hop party anthem of ’93 but slowly fizzled out after the release of their second album in 1997.

Biggest Hit: “Hey Mr D.J.”

Having fun jamming out to all these songs, then enjoy them all on one playlist, which includes additional tracks from each of the groups.

[Photo: Getty]

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