The Coulda-Shoulda-Woulda Files: Kandi’s Sweet Kiss-Off

Jan 26th, 2007 // 9 Comments

kandi.jpgTime for another installment of the Coulda-Shoulda-Woulda Files, where we search through our record collection in search of a lost gem.

Artist: Kandi
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]

  1. Mike C.

    I couldn’t even attempt the “sooooo reaaal” part, but I’ll sing the chorus anytime. A great lost song.

  2. Chris Molanphy

    “Bug a Boo” was Destiny’s most underrated track. It was the only single from that album not to peak in the Top 10 (it barely made the Top 40), and with the possible exception of “Say My Name,” it’s the best one.

  3. Richfourfour

    Agreed: a great great great song. But you know, No. 24 is nothing to turn your nose up at — how many other Xscape girls can say they landed in the Top 40 by themselves?

  4. rad_matter

    None of the other girls–the Xscape members that pursued solo careers other than Kandi weren’t signed on major labels.

    ^Hi, Rich!

  5. Anonymous

    I’m only slightly embarrassed to say that I’ve had this song on my computer for a year after finding it on a mix cd of mine from high school.

  6. Stevie

    Oh, that was a good one. My college roommate and I liked to sing along with this one, but she was a prude, so she’d always drop out whenever the song got to the line “When you’re feeling good in somebody’s spot, getting hot, don’t stop.”

  7. IamnotStarJones

    Tiny from Xscape is living with TI.

    I love this song too but understand why it wasn’t a hit

    if Aaliyah or Destiny’s Child
    had the song
    it would have been a hit.

    Tiny from Xscape is living with TI — she was with him when he taped a Showtime at the Apollo episode last year.

  8. njbaemg

    I still listen to this song every so often. It came out right after a big breakup and it was definitely on my “Get Over Him Mix”

    Love me some Kandi

  9. Anonymous

    Destiny’s Child’s “Bug-A-Boo” made me long for Ed OG and Da Bulldogs “Bug-A-Boo”. Thank God for YouTube!

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