UK production team the Nextmen (Brad Baloo and Dominic Betmead) concoct a vintage brew of hip-hop beats borrowing from jazz, soul, R&B, and funk, inviting a handful of American MCs to rhyme over their beats for a truly cross-Atlantic hip-hop project. This album includes appearances from enough underground MCs to keep the internecine gossip between crews bubbling for weeks.
There's Ken Boogaloo from Brooklyn, New York's Wee Bee Foolish camp on "Buck Foolish" and "My Way," Philly MC Soulson on five tracks, producer Pete Rock's brother Grap Luva on "Thinking Man's Session" and "Break the Mould," and Asheru from Brooklyn's 7 Heads crew on "Sex, Lies and Videotape." MCs from Puerto Rico (Velcro) and the UK (Ty) also join in for this who's who of underground hip-hop. Considering AMONGST THE MADNESS is an MC-centric concept album, the rhymes are not always as inventive as you might expect, but they're always tight and well delivered.