Cleveland Plain Dealer: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Brings Rapid-Fire Rap and Smooth Melodies to Cleveland’s Agora Theatre for 20th Anniversary Show

The Cleveland Plain Dealer published an article about Bone Thugs-N-Harmony today, promoting the upcoming 20th Anniversary show at the Agora Theatre in Cleveland, OH.

The other interesting bit of information posted in the article indicates that Bone Thugs-N-Harmony is eligible to join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019.

CLEVELAND, Ohio — In 2019 — 25 years after their first album — Bone Thugs-N-Harmony will be eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It’s a concept that pretty much blows away Flesh-N-Bone of the Grammy-winning Cleveland-born rap group. But Flesh — real name Stanley Howse — is ready for the challenge.

“I’m gearing up for that right now,” said Flesh, laughing, in a call from a solo tour stop in Indiana in mid-September. “In 1994, [then-Mayor] Michael White declared Oct. 30 official Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Day. We’re hoping we can do something special for the city of Cleveland [by making the Rock Hall].”

Flesh and his four bandmates — Layzie Bone, Wish Bone, Krayzie Bone and Bizzy Bone; real names Steve Howse, Charles Scruggs, Anthony Henderson and Bryon Anthony McCane II, respectively — take another step toward possible enshrinement Saturday with a 20th-anniversary gig at the Agora. It’s not, as some might think, a one-time gig, either. All five original members will be on the stage.

“It’s a full-blown, Bone-is-back type of deal,” Flesh said. “We just did the ‘Rock the Bells Tour’ and we’re trying to use this momentum to take this to the next level.”

The issue, said Flesh, is that it’s not really a reunion or comeback. Bone has always been together, despite Flesh’s eight-year prison stay in California for threatening a man with an AK-47 assault rifle and despite the announced “departures” of Krayzie and Wish two years ago.

“We’re on one period, we’re off one period,” Flesh said. “From the outside looking in, the group’s in disarray.

“Right now, Wish and Krayzie, they’re by themselves in Australia. When they get back, we’re going to do what we need to do. Right now, I’m in Indiana doing a solo show, but that does not mean that we’re not together,” he said.

It’s easy to see how others could perceive the band as “the former band.” Flesh and Layzie live in Los Angeles. Bizzy spends time between Los Angeles and Columbus. Krayzie has a house in Aurora and another in Miami. Wish pretty much stays in Cleveland.

“They got houses in the ‘burbs,” said James Norton, who grew up with the guys in their St. Clair neighborhood and now works with the two siblings in Bone — Flesh and Layzie — as an executive with Flesh Bone Global group. “Everybody wants to improve their living situation. [In the ghetto] you might know everybody, but there’s still that hard criminal element, so you get your house outside the city so you can relax and put your family [in a safe place].”

There have been rifts and splits. Some have resulted in the vocal quintet at times falling off the mainstream hip-hop radar. But the group signed to Ruthless Records by N.W.A.’s Eazy-E in 1993 continues a history of creating and re-creating itself. Sometimes, those separations are necessary.

Flesh insists he and his bandmates are as relevant today as they were when “Tha Crossroads” won the best rap performance by a duo or group Grammy in 1997. Fittingly, that song, delivered in Bone’s ground-breaking mix of staccato rap over melodic harmonies, was a tribute to their mentor, Eazy E, who died of AIDS in 1995.

“It’s not about changing or evolving,” Flesh said. “We’ve matured as adults. We have children. I’m an artist and I’m a businessman. I ain’t got time to fool around.

“When I’m in the studio, it’s top-notch,” Flesh said. “I create my own lane with no gimmicks, no remakes. It’s clear-cut and creative. That’s how an artist maintains longevity.”

Bone has maintained that longevity better than anyone in hip-hop, save for Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube.

“I just did a show with 70,000 people in attendance,” he said. “I’m relevant. We created a lane, we created a style. We gave hip-hop a face-lift. We changed the whole structure of the game.”

Secret lies in melody

The band’s Wikipedia page notes that has ranked Bone at No. 12 out of the top 25 rap groups in the history of the genre, and MTV has tagged them “the most melodic hip-hop group of all time.”

The origin of that sound? The doo-wop of the 1950s and ’60s.

“Our first musical influences were our parents,” Flesh said. “I was brought up in households where they’d doo-wop. We got our harmonies from our moms, our aunties and our uncles. They’d sit around the table singing, and we’d join in there and sing.”

The sounds of Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson can still be heard if you listen closely to Bone’s music. The trademark Bone flow, said childhood friend Norton, wasn’t so much created as evolved.

“It was something they picked up from different rap styles coming out, like D.O.C. and even some old singing like Marvin Gaye,” said Norton. “Curtis Mayfield had a high harmony almost like he was speaking, and I believe it was more Layzie and Krayzie who developed this rapid spitfire sound. It always started with a slow beat, because of all the R&B they listened to.”

Bone’s music is a kind of gangsta variation of that, with references to sex, with a proliferation of profanity and the N-word.

To some, that is offensive, and it’s easy to understand that point of view. But it’s also a reflection of just who Flesh, Bizzy, Krayzie, Wish and Layzie are: black men who grew up in the projects of Cleveland.

“In your audience, you’ve got some people who are sensitive to certain things,” said Norton. “The unfortunate truth is that these are things these same people see in front of their own eyes daily, in real and raw form.

“It’s not to turn people off, but this is how they communicate, this is how the people in their community communicate,” said Norton, who still lives in Cleveland. “It’s not to be detrimental or to set the race back. They’re speaking the language the people in their community can relate to.

“The people who get caught up in the words and think it’s negative, if they really pay attention, the message is real, the message is truth,” Norton said. “They’re speaking honestly and from their hearts.”

“Every time I go to Cleveland, I’m St. Clair-bound,” said Flesh, who now lives in Los Angeles. “I’m the type of cat, I go where I want to go. I’ve got family from St. Clair, Superior, Cedar, the 105, Hough. I was born in these streets, and I always go back to pay homage.

“You want to talk projects? Longwood, Central,” he said. “I always touch these places all the time. My old street, Remington, I go back there.”

Broad appeal somewhat puzzling

And yet, as much as Bone is a product of the projects, the band’s music belongs to a wider ethnic and economic base. It’s true today, and it was true in Bone’s heyday.

“I wish I really understood the nature of that,” Flesh said. “Why do we appeal to such a wide base and demographic?”

It comes, Flesh said after some thought, because of the songs as much as the delivery.

“We have songs with universal content,” he said. “Everybody can relate to these songs, everybody goes to work, hustling in any capacity, can relate to the first of the month, to the love of money. All the races love us.”

Norton agreed but said the wide acceptance by all races did come as a bit of a surprise.

“The devil doesn’t focus on your race or gender,” he said. “Drugs affect every community. Same with death, assault, robbery. That happens to everybody.”

Bone may not initially have been aware of the universality of all that early in the band’s career, but over time, the members have realized that “it’s not unique to us. It’s global,” Norton said.

But Bone isn’t ready to rest on its laurels, not at a time when hip-hop needs the band as much as the genre ever did.

“You can call [rap] watered down to a degree,” Flesh opined. “It’s not as [socially] conscious as it used to be. It’s more about the jerkin’ and jerk dances and all this other stuff. That’s why we’re here, to bring it back.

More songs like “Tha Crossroads,” a deeply introspective tune about crossing over from this world to the next, are what’s needed, he said. There are artists — Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, others — who are doing good work. But Flesh is convinced that rap needs Bone more than Bone needs rap.

“We will forever be relevant,” he said. “I could retire here and be happy, but we’ve still got a lot of hard work to do. A lot of this music is meaningless gibberish put up under a beat. That’s not what our communities need. Our communities need a real expression of art.”

Besides, it’ll sound good at the 2019 Rock Hall induction concert.

Flesh-N-Bone Global Presents Bone Thugs-N-Harmony – Rock The Bells Reunion 2012 DVD; To be Released Thanksgiving 2012

Flesh-N-Bone Global Presents “Bone Thugs-N-Harmony – Rock The Bells Reunion 2012”
OFFICIAL PREVIEW – performing E.1999

Produced by Stanley Howse and Isaac Carlen for Flesh-N-Bone Global
Filmed and Edited by Isaac ‘RILLAH’ Carlen for FBG/Hit Joint Records

Shot on location at:
NOS Fairgrounds – San Bernadino, CA
Shoreline Amphitheater – Mountain View, CA
PNC Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ


Flesh-N-Bone’s new album BLAZE OF GLORY now in stores.
Ducttape Gang’s DUCTTAPE EVERYTHING coming 10/16/12

Special Thanks To Guerilla Union, Live Nation, RTB, The State of California, The State of New Jersey, Jeff Joseph

©2012 FLESH-N-BONE GLOBAL A Revisit With Bizzy: The Bone Thug Finds His Harmony Part 2 has now published Part 2 of the latest interview with Bizzy Bone. In the final installment of the interview, Bizzy explains a little behind the latest project Art of War III, his autobiography, along with the groups future plans. A must read!

For nearly 20 years, rapper Bizzy Bone has been part of a dynasty that the fans won’t seem to let die. As a member of the award-winning, multi-platinum group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Bizzy has seen his fair share of successes and defeats.

Recent years have found Bizzy Bone down at times – weight gain, group disputes, and a struggle with alcohol threatened to take him completely out of the game. Still, as we learned in Part 1 of “A Revisit With Bizzy,” the phoenix always rises again. With a renewed spirit, a svelte physique, and a dose of cleaner living, Bizzy is back to claim his rightful place among rap greats – hopefully with Bone Thugs, but either way, he’s on the come up with new music and a book in store.

Check out Part 2 of our chat with the unpredictable Bone Thug: There’s been press releases and whatnot, in terms of a project coming out relatively soon. It was supposed to be called The Art of War III. Is that coming out? Do you want to clear that up?

Bizzy Bone: Okay, okay. Well, this is what happened. This cat, we signed a deal with this cat, with this label. I’m not gon’ say anything as far as the name of the label, because we just sent the termination paperwork in today. So once that’s all the way complete legally, then I can go further with that. I just don’t want to talk about nothing that has anything legally going on. Okay, so I guess that’s kind of on hold; that’s to be determined and not set in stone, obviously.

Bizzy Bone: To make it all clear, I just sent in the termination papers today on behalf of the members of the group, that the deal was signed for. In terms of the Bone thing and how you guys are going to work that out, with your solo career at the forefront as well, what can fans expect in terms of what’s coming for you and what you’ve been doing?

Bizzy Bone: I’ma tell you, what they can really expect is just a lot of fun. Now, it’s really just about having fun, putting out great music that people want to hear, and having that energy around people to where it isn’t as if I got to always play my music. It’s no dreary, cloudy sh*t around me, not in my music or anything. Everything is bright and happy ‘cause n*ggas is happy. When the kids are eating, you’re in shape, you’re healthy mentally, physically, spiritually, and you’re smoking weed? Oh, come on, man, man, come on. You already know what we doin’ over here. I’ve heard something about a book? Is that something that you’ve authorized? Do you have a book coming out?

Bizzy Bone: Yes, definitely. It’s actually taking on a life of its own right now. You know, I’m all about marketing and promoting, and my biggest fear is putting out something beautiful and it not being marketed and promoted properly. I’ve been in that position before numerous amounts of times, and I don’t like it. So when I do these things, I just worry about the marketing and the promotion. But, I mean, we got the magazines backing us up. People Magazine came on the table; we got a couple of news stations out in Los Angeles, but I just want it to be more, I want it to be further.

I want to get in touch with Chelsea and Wendy Williams – she owes me an interview. She clowned me on the interview, called me a drug addict and all these other things, now she got everything cleaned up and all that cool stuff, and I want to be a part of that, too. She can be loved, too. We can squash beef, too. That’d be wonderful for us to do that, but that’s neither here nor there at this point. She’s not a shock jock anymore; she on some Oprah sh*t, I respect her gangsta.

The book supposed to be that goddamn serious, about a little kid kidnapped and all that other stuff, make it in the music industry, Eazy-E dying, and all that good stuff with the Bone Thug crew in there, the war stories, things we did as kids. I mean, the book is f*ckin’ insane, it’s beautiful. It’s a great book, ‘cause it talks about the sh*t that the people and the fans don’t really know about, like the ‘hood stories, like robbin’ muf*ckas, and when CC (Wish Bone) got shot in the leg by Krayzie Bone. It’s a fun *ss book. Did you think it was going to be anything else? It seems like you’re laying the foundation to write that final chapter the way it’s supposed to be written and not remembered as the back alley thing, or always drunk, like you said. Now looking at it as a Bone, how do you see that final chapter as a group playing out?

Bizzy Bone: Well, if I had to tell the fans anything personally, I would say that as a crew, we are all individuals. And what I’ve learned with Bone, you don’t tell them what to do, you show your friends what you’re doing, and hopefully, we can all fall in the same line.

We all know what Bone needs to do to be successful – work, be physically and mentally in shape, and be ready. Because when we get out here, they need to see us the way they first seen us, the way we looked when we were young. And that’s just really about that, and it’s just about showing not just this new generation, but the generation that’s to come. This is the road to Aerosmith-dom, Megadeath-dom. You understand? Those groups of when they’re 40, 50, 60, they can still get out there and kick a show’s *ss and kick a stadium’s *ss. It’s the 20th year anniversary, and we look like we’re 12 years old. Because we started it when we were 14 and 15. So we still have the opportunity; it’s just if everybody wants to go for it simultaneously, like at the same time. But if not, ain’t gon’ happen, captain. Does it surprise you that through everything, and through all the hardships, the opportunity is still there? And not just there; it’s up to you guys, it’s not like you’re getting pushed out the door.

Bizzy Bone: I’ma tell you why. I think it’s because even at 65 percent, Bone is still a good ticket. We got enough drama around us and enough things you could look up on the history and enough things swirling around all five members, but we’re still a good ticket in any city. Nobody has belittled themselves to $50 in the back alley, and just destroyed themselves. So that’s one good thing that I think each individual member has done as a survivor in life, so from that point on, we already are all musically talented, flat out. And I just look at it in that terminology. How would you hope that people looked at you if you had to look ahead two, three, four years from now? What do you hope people are saying about Bizzy Bone?

Bizzy Bone: ‘Look at that boy go for it. Look at that n*gga run. Go get it, n*gga. Run for it, n*gga. Oh, yes, get that sh*t! That’s how I would probably look at it in three or four years. A Revisit With Bizzy: The Bone Thug Finds His Harmony Part 1 published part 1 of an interview with Bizzy Bone today on their website. Head over there to read it. In the interview, Bizzy talks about his weght loss, and the recent Rock The Bells tour with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.

He was instrumental in building one of the most accomplished, innovative, and celebrated groups in Hip-Hop history, yet when the name Bryon “Bizzy Bone” McCane comes up, there seems to always be more questions than answers.

For years, Bizzy’s sanity, sobriety and commitment to his craft have come into question. For much of the new millennium, it seemed the Hip-Hop community had written off the Ohio rapper, and were quick to put him in the pile of athletes and entertainers that couldn’t shake the pitfalls associated with fame.

When one looks at the recent history of Bizzy Bone, it isn’t unfair to think the Grammy Award winner’s best days are clearly behind him. His weight ballooned to nearly 200 pounds, the turmoil surrounding his group reached and all-time high, and his profile within Hip-Hop was diminishing.

However, those who know the history of Bryon McCane, surely knew the Ohio native wouldn’t go down without a fight. After overcoming a childhood filled with abuse, a kidnapping, and poverty one would have to see to believe, getting his music career back on track was a walk in the park.

After putting down the bottle and dropping nearly 40 pounds, Bizzy has a new lease on life and a brand new outlook. In this exclusive, the Bone Thugs N Harmony member makes it crystal clear that the Bizzy Bone you think you knew is long gone, and that the rap game may not be ready for what a more focused Bryon McCane has in store for everyone in 2012 and beyond. Bizzy, anybody who saw footage of “Rock The Bells” noticed there’s a big physical change with you. You managed to get in much better shape. Tell us how that came about, and how much weight you lost.

Bizzy Bone: Well, you know it’s been a process and it’s like, 30-plus pounds thus far. It’s just beautiful, you know what I’m sayin’, getting back into shape. It’s everything you can think of – mentally, physically, spiritually – it’s the same story as it always is when a brother trying to do better for himself, you know? A big part of a change like that for anybody, there’s a large mental aspect to it. How much have you changed mentally in that span?

Bizzy Bone: Well, mentally, the drinking has stopped. I go the club, I get a club soda, you know what I’m sayin’, have a Swisher in the back with a couple of security guards, come back in and I be already on mine, grab me a Red Bull or something.

So thinking like that and thinking 17 shots of Cognac and whatever is flowing around that evening, it’s just a different mindstate, like a different world, especially in Hip-Hop. You conduct yourself a lot more reserved, open, but more reserved, and hella less intoxicated and sh*t like that. That sh*t been played out, being all drunk in public. Do that sh*t at your crib, man. The funny thing when I scour the message boards and hear people talking about you, you haven’t put out music since the transformation, but everybody is treating it as Bizzy Bone is back. You look like your old self, it seems like you got more energy. How close to true is that?

Bizzy Bone: Yes, the energy is back. The drink is in the gutter. Because when you get to a certain age it’s like, look, if I got a five or I got a 10-year plan I can’t really have them long nights with the bottle. Or if I only have a two-year plan, or a six-month plan. So I’m working on the five to 10-year plan, so when we done and we finally say you know what, I love music forever, right now it’s time for me to let the kids do what they do. You know, 50 [Cent], Jigga age type sh*t. When you get to be around Jay-Z age and you make your mint, you make your life, you enjoy your life, and you take the good with the bad, that’s what I’m working up towards. So I got my 15-year plan. Just had a birthday, so still the 15-year plan is in effect, and I’m just happy, man, just staying young, vitamin’d up and healthy as I can, bro. Now one thing to help a fan understand, and this doesn’t just apply to Hip-Hop, you lived that rock-n-roll lifestyle, and when you were doing it you were making your best music back in the day. But then I guess it hits a certain point where it becomes negative. How do you get to a different place, be happy, not live that lifestyle, and still be able to put out that music that people want to hear?

Bizzy Bone: Being a musician…it’s not difficult to put out great music, it’s whatever you’re into at the time you enjoy. You smoke weed, you rap about weed. You drink alcohol, you sing about alcohol. You sing about the things that you do.

I’m the kind of musician that has come to terms with simply, no matter what, a solid voice and a beautiful voice, and when you can definitely sing and carry a tune, you can stay in this business. So to me I’m more into that music, and keeping that Hot 16 lovely. I just did a song with The Game, and I’m killin’ it. Being healthy, you get to enjoy it more as opposed to being drunk. So it’s like an experience that I know has happened for me, but I never experienced it, because I was too goddamned obliterated out of my muthaf*ckin’ mind. So it’s a beautiful, beautiful thing. Anytime you get to a point like that, everyone always wants to say something. Those rumors that had about you being on drugs – how much did that bother you?

Bizzy Bone: I mean, you know what, I’m gonna be very, very honest with you. I can’t comment on that, and I can’t talk about that particular situation at this point. But just on my behalf and in my defense, I’d like to tell my fans, as far as the Bone Thugs-N-Harmony core fanbase that believe in the music, them grateful dead motherf*ckers that been there for 10, 20 years, some of them been there for two, three years, some of them been there for five years, I want to let them know everything that I’m doing is not just for me, it’s so I can keep putting out great music, they can keep enjoying music, and their children can see a young, vibrant, healthy Bizzy Bone that they used to see. And that’s what I’m doing it for as well, if that makes sense to any of my muthaf*ckas out there. Bone came together recently for “Rock the Bells”; to be recognized and be on a stage like that in New Jersey and in California, how did that whole experience feel?

Bizzy Bone: It really started with a show and a festival when I was really right about there, but I didn’t put the bottle down. It started with a festival with DJ Quik, and I was watching Tyler, The Creator. And he was jamming to the Dipset show, and I had did a show with Quik and did a guest appearance, 30,000 people there. And right there when I seen the energy of that young brother, and I seen his excitement towards the love of Hip-Hop, man, it made me say that’s what I love it for! And from that point on, I started on a serious musical mission. I can’t complain. All of us there, everybody standing strong, all five Bone members, getting back into the vibe of things. So it’s just beautiful, totally, totally beautiful, back into the swing of things. Man! It’s just a really good feeling right now.

I want to give the kids and the younger generation a shot to see the Bizzy Bone that their parents seen, or whoever seen. So that to me is very important in a career. This is a career, this is music, and I do love it. And before we leave, we want to do something really, really nice for the people, something great to remember. I don’t want nobody to remember me, like, f*cked up and sh*t, you know what I’m sayin’, in some f*ckin’ back alley and sh*t like that. You mention “Rock The Bells” and the excitement that you had being a part of that. The past few months, things have seemed to be pretty good with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, but there’s still that uncertainty. Do you think that being able to come together, the five of you, and being able to see people you’ve influenced, and being able to perform in front of a crowd like that, you think that gave you guys a shot in the arm?

Bizzy Bone: Well, I think the problem as we all sat back, ‘cause after the shows, we all sat down, all four members. Flesh stayed home because he needed to get some rest, but the rest of the members sat down and said okay, what the f*ck should we do after this? And everybody was just kind of trying to ponder on what the f*ck we was gon’ do. So the plan is basically, everybody get they passports on one super photo-imposed copy, so we can start sending it out, and then we all just gon’ get back on the road, get some road work done overseas, get the meshin’ and gellin’ back with each other, and put together a record that the people can love.

My personal opinion is, when we’re gellin’ together, it’s not just five members being alive, or five members being there, or their voices being there, I think when our hearts are into it like it was on that stage at “Rock The Bells,” and it stays that way to where it’s not just a two-day, or three-day, or four-day, or two-week thing, that’s when they gon’ get some of that original buddah lova bomb sh*t. You dig?

Check back for Part 2 of’s exclusive interview with Bizzy Bone.

Kush Cloud – Freddie Gibbs Featuring Krayzie Bone

Krayzie Bone tweeted this morning #KushCloud, with the cover of Freddie Gibbs’ upcoming mixtape

Krayzie Bone tweeted this morning #KushCloud, with the cover of Freddie Gibbs’ upcoming mixtape

You can listen to Kush Cloud featuring Krayzie Bone here at the following link: Off The Bone with Wish Bone recently interviewed Wish Bone about a number of topics, which you can read below:

Fans can expect “a little old, a little new” at Bone Thugs-N-Harmony’s upcoming shows. Cyclone­ clocks in with OG member Wish.

Are Bone Thugs-N-Harmony the ABBA of hip hop? Indeed, Australians have adopted the Cleveland, Ohio group – Krayzie, Wish, Layzie, Bizzy and fifth ‘Bone’ Flesh-N-Bone – who pioneered sing-rapping, or ghetto doo-wop, at trippy speeds.

Wish (aka Charles Scruggs) has his own theory as to why the posse are so popular in this, their “second home”. “Australia has a lotta history of a lotta good things and a lotta struggle, so that’s depicted in our music very deeply,” he drawls. “I think they just relate to us because we make real music from the heart.” BTNH may (again) have five members, but it’ll be just Scruggs and Krayzie (Anthony Henderson) repping down under. Tricky? “We have a lotta material,” Scruggs assures. “We just make it do what it do. We get a lotta energy from the crowd, we bring a lotta hits, and we mix it up with a little old, a little new. We just get up and we have a good time.” Scruggs, today covering for Henderson, occasionally sounds hurried, and his answers are succinct, but he’s ready for the interview call when many a hip hop star blows out.

BTNH released an album independently before signing to Eazy-E’s Ruthless Records. They’d perfect their harmonic, if hermetic, gangsta rapping on 1994’s EP Creepin On Ah Come Up, produced by DJ U-Neek – the architect of their classic gothic backing. Soon after, Eazy-E died from AIDS-related pneumonia. BTNH dedicated their multi-platinum LP E 1999 Eternal to him, Tha Crossroads their biggest hit and a Grammy winner. Later, Look Into My Eyes found its way onto the Batman & Robin soundtrack.

Nevertheless, trouble ensued as BTNH battled Ruthless’ new regime. Flesh (Layzie’s brother) was jailed. Bizzy was finally ejected due to allegedly erratic behaviour. The remaining trio mounted a convincing commercial comeback via Swizz Beatz’s Full Surface with 2007’s Strength & Loyalty – their old Ruthless labelmate also involved. All five Bones contributed to Uni-5: The World’s Enemy, only for Henderson and Scruggs to quit last year, intent on developing their The Life Entertainment. BTNH then recently reunited to headline the elite US touring festival Rock The Bells (Wu-Tang Clan regrouped for the first). “It was like any other show with all five – it was wild, crazy, a lotta energy,” Scruggs enthuses. “It was fun.”

BTNH plan a new album, The Art Of War III, to belatedly mark their 20th anniversary. Scruggs confirms that, yes, the whole quintet will participate, ensuring it’s “a true Bone album”. “We’re about to start it. We’re just basically right now doing how we do – getting back in the groove of each other and smokin’ out with each other and things like that. Ideas are just gonna come.” BTNH have indicated that it’ll be their farewell album. Surely not now? “Time will tell,” Scruggs responds. “We never know what God has in store for us… But me myself, I would definitely hope that would be the case.”

Drake especially is indebted to BTNH for his sing/rap technique. Asked if BTNH would collaborate with the Canadian illwaver, Scruggs is non-committal. “We’re jacks of all trades. We’re definitely open to do songs with a lotta people, as we have done in the past – like Mariah Carey. We did a song with Phil Collins [Home]. We did a song with Akon [I Tried]. And all three of those people are in different types of music.”

Yet BTNH’s influence transcends urban into witch house and Grimes’ experimental electronica (she digs their spooky duet Breakdown with Carey). “We love that a lotta people feel our music and get inspiration and creativity from it, so we look at that like a gift.” Scruggs acknowledges that hip hop has mutated since BTNH’s formation. “It’s different, you know – everything changes.” But he’s grateful to still be in the game – BTNH, Scruggs feels, are widely recognised and “relevant”. And BTNH have even checked out some skip hop, Scruggs teases. “We’ve heard tonnes of Australian hip hop! We’ve actually been in the studio over there doing work and maybe a collaboration or two.”

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony will be playing the following shows:

Sunday 16 September – Waves Nightclub, Wollongong NSW
Tuesday 18 September – HQ Complex, Adelaide SA
Wednesday 19 September – Club Taree, Taree NSW
Thursday 20 September – Espy, Melbourne VIC
Friday 21 September – UC Refectory, Canberra ACT
Saturday 22 September – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle NSW
Sunday 23 September – The Venue, Townsville QLD
Tuesday 25 September – Metro Theatre, Sydney NSW Bone Thugs Rapper Pleads NOT GUILTY to DUI

Bone Thugs Rapper

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony rapper Krayzie Bone insists he wasn’t driving drunk when he was arrested over the summer, pleading “not guilty” to DUI today … TMZ has learned.

As we first reported, Krayzie was arrested in late July on suspicion of DUI … after cops pulled him over in L.A. during a routine traffic stop.

According to police, the rapper bombed his field sobriety test and later blew over .10 on the breathalyzer. The legal limit in California is .08.

Krayzie’s due back in court on October 5th.