Kandi Burruss may be currently known for her role on the hit reality show “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” but before the show, she wrote hit songs for many big-name artists in the music industry. Kandi receives royalties and residual income from some of these tracks, contributing to her $35 million net worth.
Below are 10 hit songs many may not know Kandi wrote.
Whitney Houston – “Tell Me No”
In 2002, the late great Whitney Houston released the album “Just Whitney.” The singer’s fifth studio album featured the single “Tell Me No,” which Kandi wrote alongside Babyface, Annie Roboff and Holly Lamar. “Just Whitney” went on to become triple platinum worldwide.
Pink – “There You Go”
Kandi wrote singer Pink’s first hit song ‘There You Go.” In 2000, the single, which was featured on Pink’s debut album “Can’t Take Me Home” became a commercial success, becoming her first Top 10 entry on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it peaked at #7. “I wanted to give her something that was dope. It was kind of easy. I just had to give her a hit,” Burruss told The Undefeated of the tune.
Destiny’s Child’s second album “The Writing’s On The Wall,”
Kandi wrote and produced several songs on Destiny’s Child’s second album “The Writing’s On The Wall,” including “Bug-A-Boo,” “Bills, Bills, Bills,” “So Good,” “Hey Ladies” and “She Can’t Love You,” which was released in 1999. In an interview, Kandi was asked if she was responsible for the “women’s empowerment” movement in the music industry after writing hits like “Bills, Bills, Bills.” She said she can’t take all the credit but that she contributed.
*NSYNC – “It Makes Me Ill”
Kandi is responsible for the lyrics of *NSYNC’s song “It Makes Me Ill” which she wrote along with Kevin “She’kspere” Briggs. The single was featured on ‘N Sync’s 2000 hit album “No Strings Attached.” “It gave me a chance to show that I can write dope records for men as well. It doesn’t have to be just women,” Burruss said of the song to Rolling Stone.
Mariah Carey – “Rainbow”
In 1999, Kandi worked with Mariah Carey on her “Rainbow” album. She collaborated with Carey and Briggs, to write and produce the single “X- Girlfriend” for the project. “Rainbow” was certified triple-platinum. “We came up with something pretty good, [but] I still would have rather been able to be in the studio with her,” Burruss recalled to The Undefeated of the making of the tune.
Ariana Grande – “Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored”
Ariana Grande helped an *NSYNC deep cut resurface thanks to her 2019 single, “Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored.” The song samples the boy band’s album track “Makes Me Ill,” which Burrus had a hand in writing. “I loved the song and thought it was dope how they flipped it because it wasn’t expected,” Burruss told Rolling Stone of Grande’s hit. “I was just really happy to be a part of the song.”
Alicia Keys – “Jane Doe”
On Alicia Keys’ 2001 debut album “Songs in A Minor,” she uttered the words “Kan-di collabo”on the song “Jane Doe.” She said those words to give Kandi recognition for writing the song and singing with her in the background. “Songs in A Minor” went 12x platinum worldwide but Keys was a burgeoning artist when it was released. “I really like new artists. I loved the fact that she was a musician and that she produced a lot of her own stuff,” Burruss said to The Undefeated of Keys.
Boyz II Men – “Good Guy”
In 2000, Kandi wrote “Good Guy” for hit R&B group Boyz II Men’s album “Nathan Michael Shawn Wanya.” The album was given that name because it was the first LP in which the group had more creative control. The project went gold, selling 500,000 units in the United States.
TLC – “No Scrubs”
Kandi wrote TLC’s Grammy Award-winning song, “No Scrubs.” Co-written by Chilli, T-Boz, Debra Killings, Kandu and Tameka “Tiny” Harris, it spent 15 weeks at the top of Rhythmic Top 40. It ultimately sold 6 million copies upon its release as the first single from “FanMail” in 1999. “We were talking trash about these two guys that we were dating and I started freestyling over the track,” Burruss told NPR music of how the song came to be. “It just made women be a little bit more outspoken.”
Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You”
English singer Ed Sheeran’s 2017 hit did not initially list Burruss and her Xscape bandmember Tiny Harris as songwriters. But once fans noticed the glaring similarities between it and “No Scrubs”, Burrus, Harris and Kevin “She’kspere” Briggs recieved writing credits. “Congrats #edsheeran @teddysphotos for having the #1 album! & thank you for allowing @majorgirl & I to share in the success of #ShapeOfYou! #1 for 7 weeks!” Burruss captioned an Instagram post at the time.