Freestylers Eye Dust Brothers, Sugar Hill Gang For Next LP

The Freestylers have unleashed their brand of multi-styled, B-Boy flow with “Here We Go,” the group’s first U.S. single and video from its debut LP, “We Rock Hard.” But rather than rest and ride out the success of the current material, the Freestylers have already begun work on material and lining up collaborators for the next record.

In a recent interview with MTV News, Freestylers DJ and co-founder Aston Harvey talked about the band’s wish list for record number two, which he hopes will include cuts with such rap and hip-hop luminaries as the Sugar Hill Gang and the Dust Brothers.

“Yeah, we’ve approached Jurassic 5 for the next album,” Harvey said of the next Freestylers record, “and I was actually talking about Sugar Hill Gang if they don’t do it, ’cause the track I have in mind for them is that kind of style. Obviously, [working with] the Sugar Hill Gang would be even more
kind of brilliant, you know what I mean? We might also be doing a track with the Dust Brothers, and we’re actually working on a song [to do with them] at the moment.” [RealVideo]

Harvey said that a new Freestylers album probably wouldn’t drop until early 2000, but noted that the group had already laid down several basic tracks for the project and that other vocalists may be sought out to expand the band’s sound even further. The Freestylers currently employ Tenor Fly and Navigator as lead men, but have also utilized the lyrical skills of Soul Sonic Force and Definition of Sound both in concert and on “We Rock Hard.”

The Freestylers have just completed a handful of promotional dates with the Lo Fidelity Allstars, and are next scheduled to play alongside Blink-182, Kid Rock, Sugar Ray, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers at this year’s KROQ Weenie Roast and Luau, set for June 19 at Irvine Meadows in Irvine, California.