Stuff you didn’t know about bone-bone-bone Bone
By Christie MathernePosted Mar 21, 2012
With over 20 years of music making behind them, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony is on tour again in 2012 and has slated a performance at Bogie’s this Friday, March 23. To prepare ourselves, we told the Dig supercomputer to print out everything it knew about those 20 years of Bone Thuggin’ and…well, somewhere between the occult references and Flesh-n-Bone’s incarceration, it ran out of ink.
Apparently, it’s rough being a Bone Thug – especially in harmony. The fact that all five of them will appear on one stage this Friday is something of a moderately sized miracle. To show our admiration, here’s a short list of a few of the stranger things you might not have known about Bone Thugs-N-Harmony’s past.
=>The group maintains a status as the only group to work with 2Pac, The Notorious B.I.G., Eazy-E, and Big Pun while the four were still alive.
=>Their first album, released by Stoney Burke in 1993, was titled Faces of Death.
=> N.W.A. rapper Eazy-E signed the group to Ruthless Records in 1994…minus Flesh-n-Bone.
=>E. 1999 Eternal was released in 1995. The album combined violent imagery and a new emphasis on spirituality, sprinkled with occasional, mild occult references.
=>The Bone Thugs tribute to the late Eazy-E, “Tha Crossroads,” won a Grammy in 1996.
=>After their 1997 release, The Art of War, Bizzy Bone (and to some extent, Flesh-n-Bone) went missing from most of the group’s music videos, public appearances, and tour dates.
=>The Art of War was largely a retaliation album against several rappers that the Bone Thugs referred to as “clones,” including Do or Die, Crucial Conflict, and Three 6 Mafia.
=>Their fourth album, BTNHResurrection (2000), would be the last time Flesh-n-Bone appeared on a Bone Thugs album until 2010 – he was sentenced to 11 years in prison following a conviction for armed assault and criminal possession of a firearm.
=>Circa 2000, Bizzy Bone became increasingly irate toward Ruthless Records, claiming they owed him money, and would fight publicly with his fellow Bone Thugs.
=>In 2002, the group branched out and recorded a song with Phil Collins, called “Home,” for their album Thug World Order. Shortly after the album’s release, Bizzy Bone was kicked out, leaving only three Bone Thugs.
=>The stars aligned for a full reunion in 2007, when Flesh-n-Bone was released from jail, and a newly religious Bizzy attended a Bone Thugs performance. They released Uni5: The World’s Enemy in 2010, which showcased Bizzy’s Christian perspective.
=>A month shy of a year later, Krayzie Bone left the group to pursue a solo career. Flesh-n-Bone called Krayzie’s departure a disrespect to Eazy-E and briefly entertained the idea of recording an album called Majority Rules as a middle finger to Krayzie.
=>That same summer (only a few months later) the group made a blog post announcing plans for a new album in 2012, stating that it would be the final album featuring all five members. Krayzie Bone has made a statement saying he would be present for the ensuing tour but will not be part of any future Bone Thugs releases.
See the group that powered you through way back when – it’s likely the last tour the five original members will make! Bone Thugs-N-Harmony is at Bogie’s (705 E. Boyd) on Friday, March 23. Be sure to stop by early for free drinks, with $20 cover charge, from 7-10 p.m.!
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