Chart Rewind: Xscape Hit the Hot 100 Peak of Their Career This Week in 1993

Published: Saturday 19th Oct 2019 by Rashad

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’ll just shout out ‘Just Kickin’ It’ – the debut single from veteran R&B group Xscape.  Look inside:


Despite the early 90’s having no shortage of chart-topping girl groups, three R&B composites – En Vogue, TLC and SWV – were leading the way by respectively wielding some of the eras most memorable hits.  The former – a model-eque quartet who thrilled audiences with complex harmonies and dazzling gowns – were the poised and complete antithesis of TLC, a trio of ‘street, but sweet’ performers whose “in your face” dance routines and music capitalized on the New Jack Swing movement of the moment.  With SWV falling between the two (sonically and visually), it appeared there wasn’t a need for another group to check any of those conceptual boxes.  That is, until Xscape came into the picture.

Marrying the harmonic manners of En Vogue with the street personas of TLC, Xscape – under the guidance of Urban producer Jermaine Dupri – aggressively pushed an R&B agenda that saw them fuse the genre’s core styling with sonic arrangements that were more Hip Hop leaning.  Nothing evidenced the strategy better than their debut single, ‘Just Kickin’ It.’

Launched as the introductory tune from their debut album, ‘Hummin’ Comin’ At ‘Cha,’ ‘Kickin’ may have drawn criticism for some of its adult lyrical content (as the members were teenagers upon its arrival to radio), but that didn’t stop it from dominating radio airplay charts.  Eventually working its way to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 where it was found this week 26 years ago, the song peaked at the runner-up position due to its inability to dethrone then-chart champion Mariah Carey and her megahit, ‘Dreamlover.’

An impressive start for girls Columbia Records branded ‘the ghetto En Vogue,’ ‘Kickin’ – released in August 1993 – was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry of America (RIAA) by mid-November of the same year and helped its parent album do the same.

Standing as one of the most appreciated gems from their short, but prized discography, look below to see who joined them in the top 25 this week in 1993.

Hot 100 This Week in 1993

 

Hot 100 This Week

 

Special note:  As of time reported, Xscape has not had another song enter the Billboard Hot 100’s top 5.

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  1. Tino October 19, 2019

    1993 i was 3 and 4 yrs old but i still remember, love, enjoy and prefer all those classic hits over the garbage current music we have.

    • Fancy BISH October 19, 2019

      Your comment is everything chile lol ✅ 💯

  2. Fancy BISH October 19, 2019

    Ok, I could legit cry lol 😭 Look at that chart, omg 🥰 I Get Around, If, Dreamlover, Just Kickin It, Again, Another Sad Love Song, Lately, Anniversary, All That She Wants, Right Here (Human Nature Mix)/Downtown…LAWD.

    • SMH October 20, 2019

      So true. And the streaming generation has the nerve to try and compare the current chart trash to that moment in time? It’s downright laughable.

      • Will_xo October 22, 2019

        Its down right ludicrous honestly

    • musiclovah October 20, 2019

      Fancy B, I 1000% AGREE!! It was both quality and quantity in the 1990s. All those songs are like classics and tends to derail most of what’s out today. It makes you question of how we lost our way. If only we could have it back once.

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  4. MUSIC HEAD October 20, 2019

    I still can’t believe how terrible today’s music is. It’s trash.

  5. Detruth October 20, 2019

    I see Chris holding on to that top 10!

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