Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Address Current Controversies

UPDATE: Uni5 tracklist now included. Exclusive: As Bone prepare for their reunion release, Uni-5, Flesh discusses his recent arrest, Wish explains Bizzy's absence.

Late yesterday (April 6th) Krayzie Bone, Layzie Bone, Flesh-N-Bone and Wish Bone briefly spoke with HipHopDX to address the current controversies that have engulfed Bone Thugs-N-Harmony of late. For the first time publicly since his re-arrest on a 12-year-old domestic violence charge, Flesh addressed the accusations being made against him. And for the seemingly millionth time over the past several years, Bone once again addressed the absence of Bizzy Bone from the group’s activities, with Wish taking the lead in explaining the motivation behind BTNH’s most eccentric member’s reported refusal to accompany his childhood friends on their current nationwide tour.

The Cleveland crew also discussed with DX the fan-influenced song selection process for their forthcoming reunion release as a quintet, Uni-5 (tentatively due May 4th), the more mature direction of the harmonizing tongue twisters ninth studio album, and the impact “Bone’s emancipator” Eazy-E continues to have on his protégés 15 years after the west coast Rap architect’s premature passing.

The Midwest pioneers of melodic sung-raps additionally spoke about their enumerable emulators, including one very notable native from their hometown who has yet to pay homage to his stylistic forefathers.

HipHopDX: Let’s get to the most important question I have for y’all right off top, and that’s…is “Gangsta’s Glory” really cut from the final track list Say it ain’t so, y’all.
Layzie Bone: I don’t know, man. I mean, we did like over a hundred songs [for Uni-5: The World's Enemy], man, and for publishing reasons all we could release was 12 songs, so… It’ll eventually make its way out there somehow, but I’m not even – [Asks the other group members] Did it make the album? “Gangsta’s Glory”…
Krayzie Bone: I don’t know.
Flesh-N-Bone: At this point, we not too sure right now [which songs made the final track list for the album]. And like Lay said, man, we got so many songs, and the final 12 that did make the cut…I don’t even have any recollection of [which songs those were] right now [because] I done been so busy. But you know, every song that we cut, all of ‘em is like on that radio-friendly [sound and] got that hot-concept vibe to [them]. [But], everybody did pick some of they favorites [to make the final track list].   

DX: Is there gonna be like a Special Delivery Volume 2, or maybe even Volume 3, to get all these new songs y’all recorded formally out to the people?
Krayzie Bone: Definitely, definitely. We definitely gonna do something like a Special Delivery Volume 2… That’s the goal. Special Delivery is the Bone Thugs [edition of my Fixtape series]. That’s our [group] edition of the mixtape. So it definitely will be a Volume 2 with some of the songs that you didn’t [get on Uni-5], that didn’t make the album.   

DX: So I mean, I guess I just need to ask, how much of this final album tracklist was Warner Brothers’ input and how much were the Think Tank listening and feedback sessions held for fans to credit?
Layzie Bone: I mean it was basically… At the end of the day it all came down to Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and what we wanted to do. Like, Warner Brothers and Think Tank they really…they couldn’t decide on…they didn’t have no input on deciding on which songs we picked [to make the final tracklist], which is a… It was all on Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. So Think Tank, a couple of songs at the Think Tank that the people was feeling we kept - some we didn’t, some we went and recorded brand new material even after we did all [five of] the Think Tank’s and all that. So, it was basically a Bone Thugs call.  

DX: But y’all [did] let your supporters into this album making process in a way I don’t think I’ve ever seen any other group do before – via UStream, Facebook, BTNHBoard. Why did y’all decide to give the fans so much input, and do y’all regret that decision at all in hindsight?
Flesh-N-Bone: Not really, man. You know, it [can go] half and half on that. But you dealing with a new industry right now, you got new media, and we conforming [to that] in every way possible. Traditional [marketing and promotion], we still got all that on lock as well, but we still getting our wings [with online social networking and getting] used to this, what’s going on on the Internet, period. So, we trying to tap into all those sources, man. If we had to give away a little bit of music to try to reach the fans, or create some type of buzz, we just try to be as active as possible [with] what’s going [on] out there [with] this new media situation.     

DX: Now from what I’ve heard of the album so far this has got to be like the most uplifting album y’all have recorded to date, with songs like “See Me Shine” , “My Life” and others. Is Bone officially on its grown-man shit?
Wish Bone: Oh yeah.
Layzie Bone: Officially on the grown-man. But every now and again though we might talk about bussin’ some heads or something, you know. It depends on what day it is, and how we feel…and who done acted up. That’s a element you’ll never be able to break away from, is that street, that gangsta, thug [element], whatever you wanna call it. But we definitely on some mature, grown-man shit [for Uni-5].  


 

DX: Speaking of the aging process, I gotta thank Krayzie for making somebody like myself, who’s only a few years younger, feel old as shit by referring to himself as the “granddaddy” of the Bone flow on “Rebirth” [Laughs]
Krayzie Bone: [Laughs] 

DX: So y’all really believe what y’all was saying on that joint, about there being a bunch of Bone clones in 2010?
Layzie Bone: [Chuckles]
Wish Bone: I mean, what we brung to the game has been touched on a whole lot by not just rappers but R&B artists [as well]. And we just wanna be recognized for what we did contribute to music and the whole thing.
Layzie Bone: Like cut on the radio right now and there be a clone on there, there’ll be a Bone clone on there. But you know, [“Rebirth”], that’s just taking it to a clowning level though. But, man, it’s been a lot of people that emulated Bone’s flavor and our style, [and] implemented a little bit of element of Bone Thugs in they own little twist. And for the most part, it’s a flattery thing, man, and we clown ‘em a little bit [on “Rebirth”] but we respect what they trying to do.

DX: And we ain’t naming names? We ain’t naming names?
Krayzie Bone: Maaan, it’s just a lot of ‘em. It’s a lot of ‘em.
Layzie Bone: All you gotta do is turn the radio on. Just say all of ‘em…flat out. We ain’t gotta name no names. But if you on the radio you know you doing some type of element of Bone Thugs, whether it’s you trying to sing with the rap, or you flipping the flow. Every time I turn the radio on it’s somebody [influenced by Bone].  

DX: I guess I’ll just ask, [since] he’s from the ‘Land too, what y’all think about somebody like Kid Cudi who’s sorta doing that: the more melodic element into the vocals, singing and rapping sorta combined?
Krayzie Bone: Kid Cudi hasn’t even admitted that we influenced him, that we was a big influence on him as well as other artists. So like, I mean that basically speaks for itself when he says that.

DX: Now I wanna sneak in one more nitpicking fan question: I just gotta ask, ‘cause I heard those snippets like a few months back, why’d y’all scrap the more dramatic stadium sound of the original “Meet Me In The Sky” for the somewhat more mellow video version?
Layzie Bone: Well you know what, that was the version that got out…and um…
Krayzie Bone: [Inaudible] it wasn’t mixed.
Layzie Bone: And that version wasn’t mixed…[but] we went back to the original one on there. So, on the album you can expect to have that first sounding one.

DX: Both versions of “Meet Me In The Sky” are on par with y’alls classic lost loved ones tribute “Crossroads.” So I just wanted to get any thoughts y’all have to share with our readers a couple weeks removed from the 15th anniversary of the passing of “Bone’s emancipator”?
Layzie Bone: I mean, man, we just always give up love and pay homage to the man that put us in the game. We always show love to [Eazy] E. We show love to the west coast, and show love to Compton. And, show love to Ruthless Records, period. Because without him we wouldn’t be in this game at all, like I don’t think it was another man that coulda dealt with us as wild as we was back then but a gangsta like Eazy E. So, like I said [on “Meet Me In The Sky”], he is our emancipator, man. He gave us our lives, our running shoes, and we been moving ever since [and] so our hats is always off to E.

DX: Talk about another dude that don’t get his just due. I mean he set off the whole west. I mean Ice-T was already there, but no Eazy-E, man, the west coast wouldn’t exist basically.
Layzie Bone: Yeah I mean if it wasn’t no E, man, it wouldn’t hardly be none of us here. Like Ice-T, like you said, he was doing his thing, but E was the man. Everybody – It wouldn’t be no [Ice] Cube, no [Dr.] Dre, no Snoop [Dogg], no Bone, no uh…DJ Quik, no uh…Eminem…
Wish Bone: 50.
Layzie Bone: No 50 Cent. So, we all gotta just…I feel like we should pay more homage to Eazy-E as being that dude – he was a visionary, man.

DX: Speaking of that homage, we gonna get a CD quality version of that “Eazy-E” song y’all recorded for the new album?
Wish Bone: You talking about the tribute, right?

DX: Yeah, yeah, yeah, it was just like titled “Eazy-E.”
Layzie Bone: Right.
Krayzie Bone: Definitely. Yeah, it’s definitely gonna come out on a CD.

DX: Okay, cool, cool. Now, you know before we wrap this quick conversation up I gotta get into a couple of questions about the in-the-news stuff. So I need to talk to Flesh… I just gotta ask, man, they waited damn-near 12 years to come after you for some bullshit domestic case?
Flesh-N-Bone: Well yeah, that’s exactly what it is, bullshit, some falsified, fabricated, whatever it is. I don’t even remember the situation. It’s just something that was buried away, because even California [where I was incarcerated from 2000-2008] didn’t know it was on the radar. It was off the radar until somebody found out I was coming to Cleveland [for our show at the House of Blues on March 28th], and then they went and dug it up out the bottom of the barrel. Because like I [said], California’s system did several checks to see if I had nationwide warrants and I didn’t have – When I was released from prison [in July 2008] I didn’t have warrants, until I went to Cleveland [last week]. So, it’s something that hopefully – It’s just a little ‘nother little bump in the road. It’s nothing. We go through these trials and tribulations. But it’s nothing for us. And it’s nothing to me. It was just another ordeal to have to go through and get cleaned up at the same time so [that] we can keep moving on with this movement.

DX: And just officially for the record – I can’t believe I even gotta ask this question, but officially for the record, you didn’t really pistol-whip ya own mama?
Flesh-N-Bone: God forbid that. Like I say mayne, I’m sitting here right now [a free man]. If this thing was as serious as they said I wouldn’t be sitting here on this phone with you right now.

DX: Is your mom alright? I read when they arrested you during the show it damn-near gave her a heart attack.
Flesh-N-Bone: Yeah, mayne. When I got out of prison in 2008 my mama lived with me for a whole God damn year. Feel what I’m saying? She stayed with me for a year. She was there to pick me up from prison, so what the fuck these people talking about something that happened 12 years ago? The shit didn’t happen.

DX: Alright that brings us to the last question, and I think y’all can guess what it’s about [Laughs.] The second in-the-news question is obviously about Bizzy: Once and for all, did y’all kick him off the tour or did he bounce on his own?
Wish Bone: He never began the tour first and foremost. He never started the tour with us. He chose not to participate before it started.

DX: And that was for monetary reasons?
Wish Bone: Yeah I mean, it’s a promotional tour [that we’re on right now]. We know what it takes to lift the project up and get it going, but in Bizzy [Bone]’s mind, at some point in time, in all ways he has to be compensated more than anyone else. So, we just gotta keep it moving.

DX: So I mean are y’all gonna still do any type of performances together or…
Wish Bone: I mean, he comes in and out when he feel like it. He shows up [sometimes].
Krayzie Bone: We actually have a big show coming up in L.A. April 16th and he’s supposed to be performing with us. So, it’s gonna be shows here and there. You might see him pop up on - Well, as far as [this] tour, man…you never know, you may see him on some of these dates as well. So, you never know.

DX: So can we say that Bone is officially still "Uni5"?
Krayzie Bone: Oh yeah.
Layzie Bone: Yeah, I mean you can basically – You can say that all the time Bone Thugs-N-Harmony is Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. Bizzy will always be a part of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, he just got his different issues. And I feel like Bone Thugs-N-Harmony is a revolving door, we all go through our different issues but we all still will be there for each other in real brotherhood. Even more than over the music we care about his well-being, so that’s what that is. He may come in, he may get on our nerves, and then he might do something stupid and then come in and then go right back out, but it’s always a work in progress.      

UPDATE:

Here is the tracklisting to Uni5: The World's Enemy by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony:

1. The Law (Intro)
2. Rebirth (feat. Thin C)
3. See Me Shine (feat. Jay Rush)
4. Only God Can Judge Me
5. Wanna Be
6. My Life
7. Everytime
8. Fearless (Interlude)
9. Gone (feat. Ricco Barrino)
10. Meet Me In The Sky (feat. K-Young)
11. UniVerse
12. A New Mind = A New Life (Interlude)
13. Pay What They Owe
14. Facts Don't Lie
 
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52 Comments

  • GFUNKX

    i understand why bizzy pisst about da money part AND LABELS JERKIN HIM....if i had to pay child support for more than 8 kids...i'd be bitching 2

  • Victory 401

    Does anyone know when Uni 5 will be released?

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  • jpipe

    aint none of yall true bone fans if you not on btnhboard.com real talk niggas really need to start giving these dudes their props for what they brought to the table. & believ it or not but ur favorite rapper & singer has used their style some where in their career.

  • Dretruth

    I wish you well and stay out the way for a while as a matter of fact just go pray to Jesus to redirect ya path.

  • ScottSauce

    BONE THUGS FOR LIFE!! Glad they didn't let this industry come between their brotherhood.

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  • STR8JACKET

    GOOD INTERVIEW DX. BTNH are one of the few that consistantly put out high quality music.

  • jjfarm58

    you guys are pretty pretentious...and i wouldnt go as far to say you influenced alot of newcomers cause they dont mention you as any sort of influence.. i may be wrong and will stand to be correced but didnt the g funk era inspire you...why dont you name and comemorate the people who influenced you... also didnt twista kill you niggas

    • kendall

      BONE ALWAYS gives it up to their inspirations/influences man, wtf you talkin' bout???? Open your ears before your mouth next time homie!

    • WhereUtryin2BeAt...

      And Twista made a truce with them niggas. Chi Town dont gotta beef my nigg, Its the whole cow compared to Bone. But Bone got solid classics too.

    • WhereUtryin2BeAt...

      And Twista made a true G...

    • WhereUtryin2BeAt...

      Uh... The Gfunk era wasnt on deck when Bone came out.(duh) Now your corrected.

  • Guttaque

    Before I get into my soap boxx, I must first admit that I think I'm the biggest bone fan ever so with that being said, I read every comment. In my opinion and my opinion alone, Bone is what NWA was going to be but the ego got in the way for NWA. Yeah Bizzy is a lose cannon, but go back and listen to the Strength and Loyalty album and you can tell what or shall I say who Bone was missing in the group. 3 or 4 men don't make Bone, they need all five to push each other to a lyrical point that no other rap group can do. Bizzy does what he does because he saw Bone shitted way before any of the other members did so give him respect for recognizing bad business before hand. Lyrically, no one in the world would put their best against any member in Bone except for probably Wish. Wish Bone is like the dude in Do or Die outside of Bee-Lo and AK, he just completes the group. But no nigga in the bizness want to see none of these dudes on no rapping or harmonizing tip. Give respect where its due because bone had the biggest influence on the game than anybody. On a sidenote, how can people say niggaz like Jay Z is the greatest of all time when he will get slaughtered by every member in bone. the only niggaz in the game that can even come close to Bone as far as delivery, skill, and lyrics is Eminem, Jadakiss, and 3000.

  • Sleeg

    Yo man WTF!!! there alot of niggas owt here hating on bone WTF!! is up wit dis shit man people should be paying made respect to these dudes all of them, they all done massive things for music weather bizzy around or not dat dude is one trippy fulla but that dont make him any less bone. . . all you bitchs out here hating are full of shit you probably just some kids that dunno shit you just into these new pieces of crap like some fucken justin bieber or wateva that lil shits name is ill knock him out wit my finga. so shut da fuck up and respect ur elder and greaters fuckn lil shits hating out here u need a bullet

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  • hairy cliff

    this is what it sounds like, when a thug crys...

  • esco_414

    BIZZY is the best in BONETHUGS hands down but if dude is still willen out and trippen thru all these years and will let fans suffer by not fully being with the group then dude need to sit down and go solo. i WENT TO THE THE CONCERT IN MILWAUKEE AND NIGGAZ WAZ WILEN OVER BIZZY BONE NOT BEING THERE? this some bullshit Bizzy u my nigga but get your shit together!!!

  • DUBEM

    I love all the old Bone Thug albums but they new shit is wack.

    • Dretruth

      Very much so. I got their real album all the way to exstacy however you spell it then it went down hill. I want to see training day.

  • brokebone

    ay yo "M.O.D" Yo stupid ,this is 2010 that Ruthless shit is over with Bizzy bone is a bitch how the fuck do he think he can get paid more then B.O.N.E on a fucking promo tour .your stupid ass must be in love with that half breed loser.get off his dick .

    • M.O.D

      Half-Breed?! That's a racist joke!. That's igonart of u.I ain't on nobody jock.I'm straight nigga, u are a hater. I know it's 2010. He ain't no bitch, they reunited right, he showed up for both videos right? The only videos he was not was Home, and Weed Song. He only miss a couple of interviews or shows. He is not trying to get paid more than Bone. Interscope did not give them enough creative control. Sure, Bizzy has messed up with alcholic and wilding out but look at his past, foster homes, his dad died and he was abducted so it is understandable that he would have problems. You are stupid dude.

  • chronwell

    Support support!I still gotta copy of Resurrection. That joint go hard!

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  • Ceazar

    yall got 2 start back listening 2 ur first cd.

  • fatboyrule

    Bizzy sucks - kick him out - sounds like he belongs with Cypress Hill anyway. If anyone deserves to be "compensated more" it's Krayzie, he's been holdin' it down while the rest of em' just fuckin' shit up...

  • blakk n dekker

    kid cudi did has spoke about bone thugs and their influence on him http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbFoLa_XhVY

  • He

    C'mon Bone get together!

  • RIP_Proof&Dilla

    Legends for sure crazy all 5 of them are back together

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  • Ah hell

    Money and blood don't mix like two dicks and no bitch, find yourself in some serious shit. Yah they aren't blood, but they are all brothers. Fuck Bizzy Bone, all those albums and I only heard the first one and it sucked. Fuck outta here.

    • Brookaveli

      I don't think Bizzy Bone can carry an entire album. He doesn't suck but the Bone members together are greater than the sum of all parts. Bone kinda fell off of my radar after 1998 but I was impressed by how good Strength & Loyalty was.

    • M.O.D

      Heaven's Movie is classic you is on one seriously!

  • Really Doe

    Cudi needs to ante the fuck up. It's not "cool" to like Bone, but without them, nobody in rap would give a fuck about the mistake-by-the-lake.

  • brokebone

    Fuck you bizzy bitch ,bone thugs kick that bitch out and keep it moving he aint got no love for yall .he a bitch so fuck him .

    • M.O.D

      This tells u don't ish about Bone, Tomica Wright screwed them outta money they why they left Ruthless and Bizzy was the first to speak out about it. That's why they had diffrences, that's why he didn't show up because he felt he was being compansated right by the company he still should have show up for the love of hsi brothers, the music, and the fans I'm dissapointed but he's grown so he has issues to deal with. He is a real, cool dude from what I seen,l never has he been a money-hungry selfish guy.

  • JulesWinnfield

    Hmmm, only 12 tracks on the new album. I wish there were at least 15, damn. Oh well, the shits gonna be hot regardless. I hope 'Cradle to the Grave' and 'Life's Been Good' make the cut. And lol at the rumor of Flesh pistol whippin his mom. People will do anything to try and hold a brother down. Fuck them tho, get that paper !

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