Where did the baby name Envyi come from in 1998?

Photo of duo K.P. & Envyi from Vibe magazine (Aug. 1998).
Envyi and K.P.

The name Envyi appeared for the first and only time in the U.S. baby name data in 1998:

  • 2000: unlisted
  • 1999: unlisted
  • 1998: 6 baby girls named Envyi [debut]
  • 1997: unlisted
  • 1996: unlisted

Where did it come from?

The short-lived R&B group K.P. & Envyi. The duo was essentially two solo artists — rapper Kia Philips and singer Susan Hedgepeth — who were paired up by their label to record the song “Swing My Way” for the compilation album Rhythm & Quad 166 Vol 1 (1998).

The song, “a perfect example of late-’90s Southern-style crossover,” was released as a single in late 1997. It peaked at #6 on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart and at #5 on the Hot R&B Singles chart in March of 1998.

Here’s the music video for “Swing My Way”:

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Image: © 1998 Vibe

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