3. Xscape "Just Kickin' It" (1993)
Album: Hummin' Comin' At 'Cha
Producer: Jermaine Dupri
Tamika Scott, Kandi Burruss, Tameka "Tiny" Cottle and Tamera Coggins were discovered by Jermaine Dupri while performing in Atlanta at 1991's Martina Luther King, Jr. Festival. After signing them to his then new So So Def label, the quartet released the Hummin' Comin' At 'Cha LP, as well as lead single "Just Kickin' It". The song would become the group's biggest; it was released in August of 1993 and was platinum by November of that year, peaking at No. 2 on the Hot 100.
It was written by Jermaine Dupri and Manuel Seal, who would write many more songs with Dupri, including Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" and Usher's "U Make Me Wanna" (neither of which were So So Def recordings). The song's relaxed groove, dirty lyrics, and off-the-cuff vocal style made for risque radio.