#TBT Video Of The Day: Next "Too Close"

December 11, 2014

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Too Close” is a song by R&B group Next, featuring uncredited vocals from Vee of Koffee Brown. It was released in September 1997 as the second single from their debut album Rated Next (1997). The song is about a man who has become aroused by a young woman who is grinding on his crotch at a club and cannot control the arousal. (“I feel a little poke coming through”, as well as “Now girl I know you felt it… You know what I wanna do”, and “You’re making it hard for me.”)

The song reached number one on the U.S. Hot 100 and R&B charts and has gone Platinum making it their biggest and best known hit. In the 1998 U.S. Billboard End-Year chart, the song reached number one. It contains a sample of “Christmas Rappin'” by Kurtis Blow. “Too Close” was a massive hit on Urban Contemporary radio stations by its fourth month of airplay in January 1998 and still the most played single by Next.