Time for another installment of the Coulda-Shoulda-Woulda Files, where we search through our record collection in search of a lost gem.
Song: “Don’t Think I’m Not,” 2000
What happened: After some teenaged success in the vocal group Xscape, Kandi Burress went into songwriting; she helped pen a bunch of R & B hits, including TLC’s “No Scrubs” and “Bug A Boo” by Destiny’s Child. Sony gave her a solo record deal, and her first album, Hey Kandi, contained “Don’t Think I’m Not,” which peaked at No. 24 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Why it should have been a hit: “Don’t Think I’m Not” is a frothy post-breakup track, and its bitter-ex lyrics that read like a Livejournal entry directed at one person. But at around the two-minute mark, “Don’t Think I’m Not” goes into its bridge, and even though it’s pretty simple, the break where Kandi belts out a long “sooooo … reaalllll” always, always gets us to sing along, and we couldn’t have been the only people to have that reaction.
Kandi – Don’t Think I’m Not [MP3, link expired]
Destiny’s Child – Bug A Boo [MP3, link expired]
Kandi [Official site]