Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

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BIZZY BONE & B-REAL GET BIZZY ON "UNITE THE MIC" TOUR - Hip Hop Press (press release)
May 7th, 2009 - Between them, B-Real (Cypress Hill) and Bizzy Bone (Bone Thugs-N-Harmony) have sold over 40 million records as the leaders of their respective and storied groups. This spring both will join forces and "Unite The Mic" over the course of...
Five Spot: Big MOE of the SUC - Houston Press
This song is one of the few that was able to skip right past those first three steps into the Listen To It Every Day status. Some others: "Lights" by Journey, "Shoop" by Salt n Pepa, and "Crossroads" by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony....
Wass this way: A final reflection - Arizona Daily Wildcat
I remembered driving to Los Angeles with fellow football beat writer Brian Kimball and listening to Bone Thugs-N-Harmony all the way there and how we were about to get paid to sit in the Rose Bowl press box. I still don't know how we made it there...
UT Martin baseball: Twins lead interesting lives - Jackson Sun
"We grew up listening to (Bone Thugs-n-Harmony) and Three 6 Mafia with a group of friends that knew about music and played instruments," Miles said. "I am the tech guy, so we just messed around and recorded a couple of songs in our basement....
From the promoter: - Austin 360
There was also a short-lived beef with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony that inspired a one-off EP, Live by Yo Rep. And there were cinematic ambitions, too -- albeit direct-to-video in nature (Choices). That such a group would ever cross over as Three 6 did in the...
Markus Schulz marks the spot - eTaiwan News
Hip-hop artists such as Naughty by Nature Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Flo Rida, Ying Yang Twins, Shop Boyz and Li'l Jon; turntable killers such as DJ QBert, DJ Premier, DJ Skribble, Hifana, DJ Shorty and DJ Jazzy Jeff and electronic masters like Armin van...
Spotlight Independent Artists: The Dark Side Thugs - Tri State Defender
As things started to come together we started to approach groups like Bones Thugs N Harmony, Juvenile, and Too Short where we met them back stage at the Pyramid. We met Crazy Bone when he performed at the New Daisy. We gave him one of our demos to...

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony is an American hip hop group from the Glenville section of Cleveland, Ohio. They are best known for their fast-paced, aggressive rapping style and harmonizing vocals. The group was mainly produced by Los Angeles producer, DJ U-Neek. In 1997, the group was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance with their song "Tha Crossroads" from their E 1999 Eternal album. Since its conception in the early 1990s the group has been honored with numerous other awards. Bone Thugs-n-Harmony also collaborated with 2Pac, The Notorious B.I.G., Big Pun, and Eazy-E while they were still alive.

Formed in the early 1990s, the group consisted of four members: Krayzie Bone, Layzie Bone, Bizzy Bone and Wish Bone. Their first album, Faces Of Death, was recorded in 1993 under the name B.O.N.E. Enterpri$e. After adding current member Flesh-n-Bone to the group and heading to Los Angeles in search of famous producer and N.W.A. member Eazy-E, their careers took off. In hopes of securing a record deal, the group was given an audition over the phone receiving an unfulfilled promise from Eazy-E to call them back. Discovering that Eazy-E was performing back in their hometown of Cleveland, the group took a charter bus back to their home turf to open Eazy-E's show and they were then signed to Ruthless Records on the spot.

Released in June 1994, the EP Creepin on ah Come Up, was Bone Thugs-n-Harmony's debut with Ruthless Records and their first introduction into super stardom. After a slow start that saw the album's success limited to gangsta rap audiences, it broke through to the mainstream with the release of the singles "Thuggish Ruggish Bone" and "Foe tha Love of $," the second of which featured a verse by Eazy-E. The sound was raw and explicit, while the lyrics were violent and aggressive. Songs poured out feelings of anger against society for growing up on the violent and economically oppressed streets of Cleveland. Videos for the mega hits "Foe tha Love of $" and "Thuggish Ruggish Bone" increased the group's reputation among audiences. Beats were supplied by Kenny McCloud, Rhythm D, DJ Yella, and newcomer DJ U-Neek. The album has been certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA.

While Creepin' On Ah Come Up's subject matter was focused almost entirely on violent criminal activity, E 1999 Eternal saw Bone diversify its content and musical stylings. It debuted at #1 with 307,000 copies sold in its first week. The G-Funk style beats were smoothed by DJ U-Neek (with co-production from Tony Cowan and Kenny McCloud). The singles 1st Of Tha Month and Tha Crossroads were both huge successes, the second of which reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. A considerable portion of the album's concept was built upon violent subject matter, yet Bone proved their ability to incorporate deeper themes, as its songs dealt with more spirituality and occult mysticism. E 1999 Eternal also introduced Bone's trademark tracks devoted entirely to the use of marijuana. One of the group's more commercially successful albums, it has since been certified 4x Platinum by the RIAA.

In 1997, the group released the double-disc set The Art of War, backed by the single "Look into My Eyes", which also appeared on the soundtrack of the film Batman & Robin. The album saw Bone further explore a wide variety of subjects and styles, with even more focus on God and family and an overall more ambient, mellow sound. The group still incorporated violent lyrics, though, with a large portion of the album dedicated to what they labeled "clones" who claimed Bone had stolen their quick-tongued rapping style and vice-versa. The Chicago-based rap group Crucial Conflict was targeted by name, with indirect disses thought to be aimed at Twista, Three 6 Mafia, and Do or Die. The album also included "Thug Luv" with Tupac Shakur. The album is also influenced by the book of the same name by author Sun Tzu. The Art of War philosophy is littered throughout the album. While the album had initial success, debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200 (with 394,000 copies sold in the first week). "Look Into My Eyes" (which charted at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100), the only other single was "If I Could Teach the World", which won an American Music Award, but other songs on the album like "Body Rott" and "Thug Luv" received airplay from popularity. The group's efforts were though dampened by the absence of Bizzy Bone from the album's videos and large portions of the ensuing tour and public appearances. This absence fueled rumors of a break-up. The double album has been certified 4x Platinum by the RIAA.

In 2000, Bone delivered BTNHResurrection, their first group album to prominently feature Flesh-n-Bone, whose presence was limited on previous releases because he had never signed with the group's label Ruthless Records. With Flesh-n-Bone appearing on fourteen of the album's sixteen songs, Krayzie Bone and Wish Bone took a lesser role, appearing on nine and eight songs, respectively. The album's first half featured a slew of hardcore and dark tracks, with the second half being considerably more introspective and soft. The album also featured one of the group's biggest singles, "Resurrection (Paper, Paper) in which only reached Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles at #126.

Shortly before the album's release, Flesh-n-Bone was arrested and the group again began having public disputes with Bizzy Bone, having missed out on the promotional tour and appearances. The album debuted at #2 on the charts, selling 283,000 copies in its first week, but again the group ran into problems with staying power. The three singles from the album all failed to crack the Billboard Hot 100 and the big-budget video for "Change the World" failed to receive any rotation. The album has been certified Platinum by the RIAA.

On September 22, 2001, member Flesh-n-Bone was sentenced to eleven years in prison for threatening a neighbor with an AK-47.In late 2000, the group returned to the studio to record their next release, Thug World Order. By February 2002, the supposedly overly-violent and political album was complete. Ruthless Records, however, was unhappy with the end product and requested that a new batch of more mainstream-oriented songs be recorded. On October 29, 2002, a revamped version of the album was released to little fanfare. Again, a number of promotional problems had sprung up; the video for the album's lead single, "Money Money", was rejected by both BET and MTV for allegedly promoting robbery and problems with Bizzy Bone once again came to the forefront. The album debuted at #12 (selling 82,000 the first week) and quickly slipped off the charts, selling a total of 440,000 copies in the U.S.A.. The album would fare better overseas, with the single "Home" (sampling the song "Take Me Home" by Phil Collins) impacting the charts in a number of countries, most notably the United Kingdom. The Thug World Order album that hit stores saw a drastic change in subject matter and tone for the group. In contrast, several songs originally intended to be included on the album that were leaked after its release portray a much different album.

Thug Stories, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony's sixth album, was recorded on Koch Records and released on September 19, 2006. It marked the first time Bone Thugs-n-Harmony recorded as a trio for a full album this album was the group's first full-release since 2002's Thug World Order. Thug Stories sold 38,000 in its first week and peaked at #25 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on the Independent Chart. The album featured a slightly more mature style and the group leaned heavily towards its harmonic roots than its "thug" origins. It has since sold over 100,000 units despite having no singles, official videos or radio play.

T.H.U.G.S. is an album featuring previously unreleased Bone Thugs-n-Harmony songs that didn't make the final cut of BTNHResurrection and Thug World Order albums. It was released on November 13, 2007 by their former record label, Ruthless Records. The sole single off the album is entitled "Young Thugs", which is accompanied by a newly-filmed music video featuring Krayzie, Layzie, Bizzy and Wish.

Bone has also released a movie titled I Tried (directed by Rich Newey), which was originally named "What If..." The topic of the movie is how different the lives of Krayzie, Layzie and Wish would have been if they never have met Eazy-E. The cover of the DVD is on their official website. The movie was released in stores on September 25th of 2007. All three current members did an interview with DJBooth.net to talk about the project.It has since became a platinum selling DVD.

In November 2007, Layzie Bone confirmed that he had completed the Bone Brothers III album with Bizzy Bone, spurring speculation of a full Bone reunion. In a video interview, Krayzie Bone stated that they all wanted to reunite but that record label issues may prevent an official reunion. Bizzy Bone had attended a Bone Thugs performance during the time and he and the three then-standing members had a "good conversation".

After nearly a decade of incarceration, Flesh-n-Bone was released from prison on July 13th of 2008 and was soon photographed with all four other members. The reunited Bone Thugs-n-Harmony have reportedly been seen in studio working together for the first time in many years. In an interview, Bizzy confirmed his return to the group, spurred by Flesh's release and Layzie Bone's diplomacy; the five are indeed now working on a new studio album, Uni5, having recorded 10-20 tracks out of a possible 100-200. Producers are set to include Krayzie Bone, Damon Elliott (son of Dionne Warwick), Anthony Cowan a.k.a. Tony C, Scott Storch, and possibly Dr. Dre and Akon.

In October 2008, a post on the official Bone Thugs message board, signed as Flesh-n-Bone, revealed that there is currently a direct line to the recording studio. Callers will have their voices recorded to serve as dialogue on the background of the unreleased track, "Thuggs n' Blood". The line will be open to the public until January 2009.

On April 2nd, 2009 A car carrying Flesh-n-Bone was pulled over for a tail light violation. A subsequent search of the car revealed an unnamed narcotic and a firearm. Flesh was taken into custody and is currently being held without bail until arraignment the following Monday.

Known mostly for their flow rather than lyricism, Bone's style and technique can be described as melodic, yet dark, rapid-fire and aggressive. Their flow is often interwoven at a high speed melodic pace or slow harmonic pace. They also tend to ride the beat that they're rapping over. Sometimes there are very few choruses separating their verses from one another. In the beginning, circa Faces of Death, Bone used a pseudo-Jamaican patois delivery with their trademark style, though they rarely do this now. Bone's subject matter has both spiritual and occult undertones (e.g., "Hell Sent", "Intro", "Mr. Ouija", "Mr. Ouija 2" and "Da Introduction"). At first, their subject matter was almost always exclusively about violence and smoking marijuana. Today, however, their subject matter includes other topics such as urban socio-political issues, their old friend and mentor Eazy-E and religion. Besides minor changes to subject matter and sound, their lyrical style, locution, and overall methodology remain intact.

The group has become one of the most commercially successful rap acts, selling 20 million records in the United States, and over 40 million records worldwide.

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Bone Brothers 2

Bone Brothers 2 cover

Bone Brothers 2 is the second release by the Bone Thugs-N-Harmony side project made up of Layzie Bone and Bizzy Bone. It is actually a remix album rather than a proper follow-up to the first Bone Brothers. Bone Brothers 2 does not contain any newly recorded vocals. Instead it consists of verses taken from Bizzy Bone and Layzie Bone's previous releases with Real Talk Entertainment including The Midwest Cowboy and Thug Brothers along with new music production. The album's release date coincided with the release of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's Strength & Loyalty. Albums purchased at Best Buy include three bonus Bizzy Bone tracks.

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I Tried (Bone Thugs-n-Harmony song)

“I Tried” cover

The song entered the Billboard charts in the issue dated April 7, 2007. It debuted at number eighty-two on the Billboard Hot 100 on the issue date April 14 2007 and reached number six.

On March 7 2007, the music video officially debuted on Yahoo! and other websites. On December 31 of the same year, the video appeared at number 89 on BET's Notarized: Top 100 Videos of 2007 countdown.

The single has been certified platinum by the RIAA, and has also become a platinum selling ringtone.

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Tha Crossroads

“Tha Crossroads” cover

Originally named "Crossroad," it wasn't until the group and their producer, DJ U-Neek, decided to remake the song that the name was changed. The song "Crossroad" was originally dedicated to Bone's deceased friends, but after the death of Eazy-E they decided to remake it as "Tha Crossroads". The song is performed by four of the group's members, (Krayzie Bone, Layzie Bone, Bizzy Bone and Wish Bone), but a remix can be found which includes later addition Flesh-n-Bone. The remake contained the line "And I'm askin' the good Lord "Why?" and sigh, he told me we lived to die" from the original. Bone's lightning fast rhymes are delivered softer than is usual for the group, without profanities and creating a sad and heartfelt effect. With soft instrumentals revolving around a sample of The Isley Brothers' "Make Me Say It Again Girl (Pts. 1 and 2)," the song has a sad yet quick tone to it. After receiving high praise for their song the group decided to add it to their already launched album, E 1999 Eternal. The single rose to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 8 weeks, sold over two million copies, and would later win a Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group at the 39th Annual Grammy Awards. "Tha Crossroads" is also known to be in the best selling rap songs of all-time. "Tha Crossroads" won Bone Thugs-N-Harmony a grammy for best rap song in 1997, topped #1 in the billboard pop charts for 9 weeks, and broke The Beatles' 32 year-old record for fastest-rising single.

The song was certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA, and later appeared on the soundtrack to the 2008 film "Pineapple Express".

The song was accompanied by a music video that showed an imposing black man with sunglasses and a trenchcoat, a reaper, taking souls. Bone are the only ones who see the man, seeing him get all of their deceased friends and relatives, along with Eazy-E. Towards the end the reaper stolls through a hospital corridor than takes a baby as it was too weak to survive. He then leads the souls, baby in hand, up a mountain and transforms into an angel taking the deceased people to Heaven. It cuts back to Bone at a church (from the start of the clip) where they are singing at the funeral of a boy the angel took, where only the boy's mother sees the angel.

Blazin' Squad covered the song (under the title of "Crossroads") as their first single. It charted at #1 for one week in August 2002. They would go on to have 7 more top 20 hits, including 5 top 10 singles. The track is featured on their 2002 album In the Beginning.

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Change the World (Bone Thugs-n-Harmony song)

Change The World is the second single from the album BTNHResurrection from the group Bone Thugs N Harmony. In this single is featured Big B. The big-budget video for this single failed to receive any rotation and crack to the billboard charts.

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Creepin on ah Come Up

Creepin on ah Come Up cover

Creepin on ah Come Up is an EP by rap group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. The album was released on June 21, 1994 on Ruthless Records. In 1998 the album was selected as one of The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums .

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony's first album, with the singles "Thuggish Ruggish Bone" and "Foe tha Love of $". Features on the album include Shatasha Williams (the first Mo Thugs member) and their mentor Eazy-E, and these collaborations began a new fad of having sung vocals for chorus' and tight flowing lyrics. The first two lines of "Intro" are backwards. Played forward are "Heaven in art which Father our, Our Father which art in Heaven" Tracks 3, 4 and 6 have listed, "Keenu Songs" which is "U-Neek" spelled backwards. In The Source (8-97) article "Crossroads To Riches" Bone states that they changed their name to Bone Thugs-n-Harmony because they had a song called "Thugs-N-Harmony".

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Strength & Loyalty

Strength & Loyalty cover

Strength & Loyalty, originally titled The Bone Thugs Story, is an album by Cleveland rap group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. The album was released on May 8, 2007.

Strength & Loyalty was Bone Thugs-n-Harmony's first major album after an absence of nearly five years. The album contains guest appearances by Akon, Autumn Rowe, Bow Wow, Felecia, Mariah Carey, Swizz Beatz, The Game, Twista, will.i.am, and Yolanda Adams. Producers include Akon, DJ Toomp, Jermaine Dupri, Mally Mall, Neo Da Matrix, Pretty Boy & Bradd Young, Street Radio, Swizz Beatz, The Individuals, Ty Fyffe, and will.i.am. The executive producer of the album was Swizz Beatz.

The album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, with 119,283 copies sold. The first single was "I Tried", which features Akon, and was also produced by him. The single was released on February 16, 2007. On March 7, 2007 the video officially debuted on Yahoo! Music, and on March 17, 2007, it debuted on BET's 106 & Park. The second single was "Lil Love", which features Bow Wow and Mariah Carey, and was produced by Jermaine Dupri. The single was released in June 2007, while its video was premiered on July 5, 2007, on 106 & Park.

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Bone Brothers

Bone Brothers is an American group duo including Bone Thugs-n-Harmony members Layzie Bone and Bizzy Bone. Their first album was released after the dismissal of Bizzy Bone.

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Greatest Hits (Bone Thugs-n-Harmony album)

Greatest Hits cover

Greatest Hits is a greatest hits double album that was released in November 16, 2004 by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. It features Bone's most popular songs between the years 1994 and 2002. As of April 16, 2008 the album has sold 876,848 copies in the US .

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The Art of War (Bone Thugs-n-Harmony album)

The Art of War cover

With his father's death and Tomica Wright now heading Ruthless, Bizzy Bone was not happy, and thus did not appear for many shows or promotions. Now calling the shots, many tracks were altered by Tomica Wright, attempting to head the group into a new direction. Such tracks include Thug Luv with Sylk E Fyne, If I Could Teach the World, Friends, Ready For War and many others. While the group appeared at Sprite Nite on BET, Keenan Ivory Wayans (with Bizzy), and several other promotions, their tour began to lag without Bizzy. They also changed the name of "Friends" for the cassette version to "How Many of Us Have Them". The first single for this album was Look Into My Eyes, which was also on the Batman & Robin (soundtrack). The video did not feature Bizzy or Flesh. The next single was "If I Could Teach the World". Bizzy did not appear in this video either. Thug Luv and Body Rott were also released to radio as singles.

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