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A few reasons you should go on ahead and watch ‘SWV & Xscape: The Queens of R&B’

by The Grio

SWV and Xscape LaTocha Scott-Bivens, Tiny Harris, Tamika Scott, Kandi Burruss Tucker, Tamara Johnson George, Cheryl Gamble and Leanne Lyons attends “SWV & Xscape: The Queens of R&B” purple carpet at The Aster on March 02, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew J Cunningham/Getty Images)

Editor’s note: The following article is an op-ed, and the views expressed are the author’s own. Read more opinions on theGrio.

I have to be honest, I had zero plans to load up on another reality television show. While there was a point in time when I couldn’t get enough of the pseudo-scripted shenanigans of some of our favorite kinda, sorta celebs, one day, it seemed as if I just lost interest. I tried to get back in the saddle. When I saw that Ray J was one of the participants on BET’s “College Hill: Celebrity Edition,” I gave it the old college try — pun intended. But that lasted for maybe three episodes. I’ve taken to watching “Love & Marriage: DC” since I know (not well) a few of the folks on the show. But I’m not sure how long that will last, either. 

But then I saw a commercial for “SWV & Xscape: The Queens of R&B,” a six-part limited series documenting the runup to a joint show featuring the two legendary ’90s R&B groups. I realize calling them legendary might be in dispute, but for me and my heart, they’re both legends in the game. Especially since SWV is far and away my favorite female R&B group. They did hip-hop R&B better than anybody, including the queen, Mary J. Blige. SWV has both classic uptempo party jams and downtempo ballads that are guaranteed to have entire rooms full of Black people singing at the top of their lungs. That is not in dispute. Ditto for Xscape. Plus, both groups have some of the most epic cheating jams in R&B history. Both groups were on Mrs. Steal-Your-Man time in melodious fashion. Anyway, on the heels of their May 2021 Verzuz “battle,” it only made sense…

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