Without Benson, the group might have had to split due to "bankruptcy".
Jessica's first performance was on Live with Regis & Kelly, followed by a performance on Soul Train.
That same summer, the group performed a concert special on Nickelodeon titled Live on Sunset.
By August, the group was set to release its newest LP, A Girl Can Mack, when member Naughton left the group for good after heated arguments.
The album went on to be certified platinum by the RIAA, selling 1.3 million copies in the United States.
In the summer of 2001, the group embarked on the MTV Total Request Live tour along with Destiny's Child, Dream, Nelly, Eve, and Jessica Simpson.
In fall 2003, 3LW departed from Epic, signing with Jermaine Dupri's So So Def label.
The group then began working on their fourth studio album.
The album and its intended lead single "Uh Oh" were presented to the label, who felt it did not have enough urban radio appeal.The movie was released in August 2003 and was a ratings success.The Cheetah Girls soundtrack debuted at #33 on the Billboard 200 and was later certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA.A Girl Can Mack's release date was pushed back a month, but sales were still disappointing debuting at #15 on the Billboard 200 with a disappointing 53,000 copies sold in the first week.Approaching the time that the group was ready to deliver their second album, Naturi Naughton announced that she was no longer a member of the group.