Butta Love – Next | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#16) and R&B (#4); 1997

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

Aspiring artists can always use a little help, and for Next it came in the form of Kay Gee of Naughty By Nature (Hip Hop Hurray, O.P.P.), who asked them to give him a demo tape. It was 1995, three years after Lo-Key’s Prof T. and Lance Alexander caught a performance by brothers, Raphael “Tweety” and Terry “T-Low” Brown, and Robert “R.L.” Huggar. They cut some tracks on the St. Paul/ Minneapolis trio, then the group – known as Straight4ward – went on to gigging at local clubs. So, when Kay Gee caught them at the Mall of America, looking for acts for his Divine Mill label, the boys called Next were experienced and ready. Rated Next hit the street in September of 1997, yielding the breakout single Butta Love. Love and its follow-up, singles, Too Close and I Still Love You, drove Rated Next into multi-platinum sales.

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Produced by:

  • Lance Alexander

Lyrics Written by:

  • Lance Alexander