Ed Pitt from Scenario records hooked up the Nextmen with Pete Rock's younger brother Grap Luva, and together they released 'Break the Mould'. It did pretty well reaching No.1 in the Hip-Hop Connection chart and receiving glowing reviews elsewhere. Continuing their knack of linking with the correct people, Grap's connection surprisingly ensured that the track received plays on Bobbito's show in New York and a little acclaim, which is almost unheard of for a UK group. The release of their debut album ‘Amongst The Madness’ caused a bit of controversy in the UK for the choice of using so many American MCs, but also included contributions from Red Cloud, who Brad had been working with for some time, Pen, a guy who simply blew them away when they herd him and TY, an MC who they have rated highly for a long time. The LP sold well here and abroad generating them a fair amount of recognition both within the Hip Hop community and the British music scene as a whole, although they like to keep their heads down and until recently rarely exposed themselves to the media. The success of their LP led to them being asked to record the music for the mainstream Channel 4 series ‘The Hip Hop Years’ in 1999.
Hip Hop may be at the heart of the Nextmen but they refuse to limit themselves to one genre. Search has contributed to material on the Groove Armada album, Alex Gopher and released his first record, a solo EP 'Fracture', also on Scenario. Baloo is involved with Advertising the Invisible who had material out on Marble Bar Records. As a production team their work includes more remixes for Masta Ace, Aim, Souls Of Mischief, and new Telstar signing Nicole as well as The Egg from Talkin' Loud. Continuing that connection, the duo are also currently working on some of the highly anticipated new material for Skinnyman who recently signed to Talkin Loud as well.
In recent months they have been locked in the lab cooking up fresh new beats for their forthcoming album. Due for release in September the LP will feature the likes of Rodney P, Mystro, Ty, Penultimate and Soulson amongst others.
The first single features mic duties capably taken care of by Mystro on the A side ‘Next Trend’, which showcases the Nextmen’s trademark fat beats and booming bass around an infectious vocal hook. This track is just too heavy, and Mystro showcases just a portion of his immense rhyming skills. On the flipside Mystro then teams up with his usual Low Life records spar Braintax for the ‘Liven It Up’ track, which, although it maybe doesn't quite hit the spot as much as Mystro's track which would be marked 'eleven out of ten' in an exam, this one is still rated at 'nine out of ten' and does exactly what the title says. Together with lively rhymes, funky guitar and the Nextmen's beats again this is a solid 12" which is deserving of your attention - it’ll definitely get the party jumpin’!
There are also rumours that they have produced a mix CD entitled ‘Listen and Lose Weight With The Nextmen’. It features masses of exclusive tracks and the odd cheeky bootlegs as well as that infamous Public Enemy remix. You can also find The Nextmen DJing every 4th Saturday down at Friends & Family at The Embassy on Essex Road. Next date 25th May.