April 29, 2021
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During an Instagram live with The O’Jays singer Eddie Levert and his daughter Ryan Levert, Kandi Burruss disclosed that Boyz II Men was amongst her worst collaborators in the studio.
The Xscape member discussed the many hats she’s worn while in the entertainment industry and listed the artists who were easiest to work with during the span of her career.
“I’ve had a lot of great people that were easy to work with,” shared the 44-year-old. “… Once we got into the flow, Destiny’s Child was easy to work with. It was just that initial getting to know each other phase, once we got cool with each other that was amazing. TLC, I mean, I had a great relationship. Even after “No Scrubs” I worked with them again on the next album. So, they are like one of my favorite artists to work with.”
Levert then asked The Real Housewives of Atlanta reality star who the most difficult artist was to which she hesitantly responded, “I hate to do it, I hate to do it.”
“Ain’t no love lost, I mean, this is 100 years later, so it doesn’t even matter. But yeah, I had a bad experience in the studio with Boyz II Men,” she revealed.
While explaining what made the experience bad, Burruss made it clear that their talent wasn’t the issue but rather their attitudes.
“It wasn’t about the singing at all. …We fell out after that,” she laughed. “It was an issue. I don’t think I’ve ever been disrespected like that before in a studio in my life. It was crazy, really. But at the end of the day that was a long time ago. Clearly, you know, we’ve moved past that or whatever.”
The Grammy-winning artist then mentioned that the encounter was “weird” because she had a friendship with a few of the members prior to working with them.
“It was kind of weird for me, we were friends prior — well, some of us were cool. …I knew a few of them. We had hung out different times prior to being in the studio working together. So it was kind of unexpected to me that working together would have that result. It wasn’t a good situation.”
In 2000, the Georgia native wrote “Good Guy” for Boyz II Men’s fifth album, “Nathan Michael Shawn Wanya.” The album is certified gold by the RIAA and peaked to the third spot on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums on Billboard.