AllHipHop.com: A Revisit With Bizzy: The Bone Thug Finds His Harmony Part 2

AllHipHop.com 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:

AllHipHop.com: 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.

AllHipHop.com: 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.

AllHipHop.com: 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.

AllHipHop.com: 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?

AllHipHop.com: 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.

AllHipHop.com: 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.

AllHipHop.com: 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.

http://allhiphop.com/2012/09/24/a-revisit-with-bizzy-the-bone-thug-finds-his-harmony-part-2/

AllHipHop.com: A Revisit With Bizzy: The Bone Thug Finds His Harmony Part 1

AllHipHop.com 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 AllHipHop.com 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.

AllHipHop.com: 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?

AllHipHop.com: 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.

AllHipHop.com: 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.

AllHipHop.com: 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.

AllHipHop.com: Anytime you get to a point like that, everyone always wants to say something. Those rumors that MediaTakeOut.com 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.

AllHipHop.com: 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.

AllHipHop.com: 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 AllHipHop.com’s exclusive interview with Bizzy Bone.

http://allhiphop.com/2012/09/20/a-revisit-with-bizzy-the-bone-thug-finds-his-harmony-part-1/

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: http://soundcloud.com/gangstagibbs/kush-cloud-w-krayzie-bone

TheMusic.com: Off The Bone with Wish Bone

Themusic.com 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 will.i.am 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

http://themusic.com.au/interviews/all/2012/09/12/bone-thugs-n-harmony-wish/8449/

TMZ.com: Bone Thugs Rapper Pleads NOT GUILTY to DUI

KRAYZIE BONE
Bone Thugs Rapper
Pleads NOT GUILTY to DUI

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.

http://www.tmz.com/2012/09/10/krayzie-bone-pleds-not-guilty-dui-arrest/

BTNHLegacy.com Exclusive Interview with Big Sloan and HC The Chemist of Mo Thugs Music

JeremyMT caught up with Mo Thugs Music recording artist Big Sloan a.k.a. Sloan Bone and in-house producer HC The Chemist for some Q&A’s with the Mo Thugs family. Sloan and Humble Child took my phone call to answer some very entertaining questions, in this exclusive and first interview from BTNHLegacy.com.

http://www.mediafire.com/?pxo1d4hhfiivdin part 1

http://www.mediafire.com/?kh6krg9c4lx8q6g part 2

http://www.mediafire.com/?ih7fdymxl1jhz9z part 3

http://www.mediafire.com/?9x9c6x738ccb0tx part 4

http://www.mediafire.com/?suzukubsi2k78vi part 5

http://www.mediafire.com/?bfltnnnixvjfyf0 part 6

People.com: Bizzy Bone Loses 30 Lbs. – How He Did It

People.com recently spoke to Bizzy Bone about how he lost 30 Lbs. The full article and link is below:

Bryon McCane is now sporting a slimmer frame better suited for keeping up with his lightning-fast lyrics.

Down to a “crisp 165 lbs.,” the rapper – also known as Bizzy Bone, of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony – credits his 30 lb.-weight loss to giving up alcohol, cutting out fast food and keeping his stress in check.

“I was drinking more than I should, so I said, ‘Let’s put the bottle down, period,’ ” McCane, 35, tells PEOPLE. “I got back to the basics, getting my health together.”

After hitting his highest weight of nearly 200 lbs. seven months ago, McCane says he began “buckling down,” cutting out hamburgers, fried food and late night pizza-and-soda binges.

“Now I eat because my body needs to be fueled,” he says. “I still eat what I want to eat, but I stay away from the bread, potatoes and cheese.”

The 5’11” rapper, whose autobiography Inside a Bizzy Mind is out this month, now aims for 200 sit-ups a day – with his ultimate goal to reach 1,000.

“I make sure I do my sit-ups and push-ups when I wake up and go to sleep,” he says. “I’m constantly walking and being active.”

Currently traveling with Bone Thugs-n-Harmony as part of the Rock the Bells hip-hop festival, McCane admits, “When I’m on stage, it’s like going to Pilates. Afterward, my back doesn’t hurt because I’ve been drinking, it hurts because I’ve been performing.”

Other changes are even more noticeable.

“I can see my jaw line again. Holy smokes, I’ve got cheekbones!” exclaims McCane. “I finally think that I’m picture-worthy. I’m focusing on my six-pack now!”

http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20626307,00.html

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony in the Studio with The Game – Celebration Remix

Layzie and Krayzie writing their verses. Flesh and Bizzy are in the other room writing.

AllHipHop.com: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Call Game’s Song “Celebration” A “Compliment”

Shortly before their set at Rock the Bells’ San Francisco Bay area on Sunday night, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony told AllHipHop.com they were appreciative of Game’s new single “Celebration,” which features Wiz Khalifa and Lil Wayne and samples both Bone’s music and stylings.

“I feel like any song that we do that someone remixes we may have looked at as being disrespectful back when we were young and getting in the game,” Wish Bone said from the tour stop in Mountain View, California. “But us being in the game for 20 years and younger cats coming up behind us doing our style, a style that we invented, that’s kind of a compliment.”

Ironically, when asked whether the longtime rumors that Eazy-E was so impressed with Leimert Park’s Freestyle Fellowship’s style that he signed Bone to essentially copy their recipe and go mainstream, Bizzy Bone was quick to explain that wasn’t the case.

“No BS aside, I’ve heard the same thing, but I think it was the vibe, the Midwest vibe,” Bizzy Bone said. “Twista was around, [the Freestyle Fellowship] was around. Actually Layzie Bone was the first one to come up with it [from our camp]. If you go back to Faces of Death, in ’91-’92, that documents that we were there. Everything is from the heart, everything is original and sometimes when you gather a great idea, a lot of people are a part of it.”

Bizzy Bone further applauded Game, as well. “I kind look at it how like my brothers look at it with the remix that my brother Game and them did,” Bizzy Bone said. “We not bitter at anything, no matter what … thank you for the homage.”

As far as their slot on this year’s Rock the Bells co-headlining the second day of the two-day show with Nas, Flesh N Bone emphasized that the experience was a treat for the fans.

Back by DJ Quik’s band, the veteran group from Cleveland, Ohio, are “representing as general and veterans in the game,” Flesh N Bone said. “We’ve got a lot of history, a lot of expertise when it comes to performing, whether with a DJ or a live band. You can’t download a live performance – you have to experience it.”

Rock the Bells travels to New Jersey this weekend to conclude the third and final installment of the annual summer concert series this year.

A fourth, more scaled-back Rock the Bells, will take place in Miami in December.

http://allhiphop.com/2012/08/28/exclusive-bone-thugs-n-harmony-call-games-song-celebration-a-compliment/