Readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past.
So, as our retrospective features ‘From the Vault’ and ‘TGJ Replay’ allow us the chance to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday of one artist, our newest feature Chart Rewind – a variation of our current Retro Rewind assay – accedes salutes to an entire era of music history.
This week we think it’s time to jam out to ‘Don’t Think I’m Not,’ the lead single from Kandi Burruss’ debut solo album, ‘Hey Kandi…’
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While the 1998 disbandment of Xscape came as bittersweet news for fans of the quartet, group member Kandi Burruss (better known mononymously) took it as an opportunity to flex her penmanship on hits for other artists and on a deal for her first solo album.
When not helping to cook a number of hits across genres outside of her native R&B, the 23-year-old rushed to put the finishing touches on her own LP – kicked off by the Kevin “She’kspere” Briggs-produced ‘Don’t Think I’m Not.’ A club-ready party-starter, the cut – released in August 2000 – also earned thumbs up from listeners for its lyrical content which housed themes of female empowerment (a staple in Burruss’ work). Quickly earning a spot among summer 2000’s regularly rotated on R&B radio, ‘Think’ eventually worked its way to #24 on the Hot 100 where it peaked this week that year. Embraced even better across the pond as it sailed into the top 10 in New Zealand and the United Kingdom as well as the top 20 in Australia, the song seemed poised to be the perfect setup to a promising solo career for Burruss. The nonperformance of the tune’s parent album, ‘Hey Kandi…,’ and the singer’s inability to match her debut single’s success on the Hot 100 may have shown us that history disagreed with that sentiment, but from where we stand ‘Don’t Think I’m Not’ will still get heads bobbing and shoulders rocking!
As we relive the magic of that moment, look below to see who joined Burruss in the top 25 this week 19 years ago.
Hot 100 This Week in 2000
Hot 100 This Week
Click here to see the full ‘TGJ Chart Check.’