Staying power is an accurate determinant of longevity and success in the music industry and this is especially true in a genre in which the fans are as much involved in scrutinizing albums as the critics are. In the Hip Hop mainstream, where quickies are preferred over music that will buck with your mind for a guaranteed climax, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony seem to steadily compete with everyone from ABC rappers to rappers for sell.
In the midst of it all, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony has dealt with notable label, legal and internal issues, especially pertaining to its eccentric member Bizzy Bone. Despite their group struggles and inevitable punches thrown by the music industry, Bone has more than stayed above the water, recently winning American Music Awards’ “Rap/Hip-Hip Band/Duo/Group” category, as their most recent album, Strength & Loyalty received RIAA’s gold certification (pushing over 500,000 units). As the Hip Hop trio (now consisting of Krayzie, Layzie, and Wish Bone) continues their promotional tour, and promoting their 2007 independent release T.H.U.G.S. through Sony/Red, HipHopDX catches up with masters of melodic flows to discuss individual growth, latest acting endeavors and their staying power among new and old fans alike.