Bred by the East 1999 block of Cleveland – united by the strife and struggle, hunger and hustle, fraternity and friendship – Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (Bizzy Bone, Wish Bone, Layzie Bone, Krayzie Bone and Flesh-N-Bone) went from rags to riches to find salvation, success, and harmony in one another. A blend of dynamic beats, R&B, soul, and smooth gangsta rap, the Bone Thug sound is imitable. Hit after hit, album after album, melody, pitch, and lyricism accord in a manner unparalleled by any other rap group past or present.
True to themselves and their corner, Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony juxtapose violence and virtue. To this day, they embody the very “by any means necessary” street mentality that drove them to put it all on the line, buy a one-way, 3-day Greyhound to LA, and seek out Eric “Eazy-E” Radley of Ruthless Records. Only after four months of slangin’ in The City of Angels and putting in countless calls, did the young thugs hear back from the N.W.A. legend (spoiler: they didn’t take no for an answer, Eazy signed them). Beneath the buckshots and blood, however, the Bone-Thugs ultimately preach a message of undying kinship and spiritual harmony evinced in – #1 hit and tribute to late producer/mentor Eazy-E – “Tha Crossroads.”
Internal conflict and moral ambiguity are conveyed in all things Bone Thug, down to their alter egos (i.e., Krayzie Bone = Mr. Sawed-off Leather Face). It’s what their music so impactful, genuine, and memorable (Any 90’s hip-hop fan can fill in the blank, “Wake up, wake up, wake up it’s the 1st Of The Month, so [……]”). Perceptive beyond their years, Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony were the first to deliver conscious gangsta rap providing unprecedented insight into the troubled conscience at the opposite end of that sawed-off. On the real, only a bonified thug can spit with Pac over the eruption of a 12 gauge in “Thug Luv,” call for “Mo’Murder,” rationalize it all away in “I Tried,” and spin a western narrative about outlaw ghetto cowboys that you can actually get down to.
In contention as the best rap group of all time, and rightfully so, the quintet represents the dying breed of true gangsters. For over two decades, Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony have been on their grind, yet they haven’t lost an ounce of energy since the moment they stepped on that bus in 93’. Bound at the joint, the Bone Thugs perform with a synergy and emotion demanding shared pain, pleasure, perspicacity. On top of it all, they’re only group to collaborate with all the greats: Biggie, Pac, Eazy, Big Pun (the list goes on). No rap group can have you feeling every beat and every bar like the bone boyz can! So, “you better count yo’ money,” cause come Saturday July 16th, the “Ghetto Cowboy’s” are fixin’ to ride-up on The Ranch and steal the stage.