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
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.
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.
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!”
Layzie and Krayzie writing their verses. Flesh and Bizzy are in the other room writing.
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.”
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.
Bay Area radio station Wild 94.9 FM conducted an interview with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony as they were in Mountain View, CA for Rock The Bells this past weekend. You can watch the interview at the link below
According to AllHipHop.com, a new Bone Thugs-N-Harmony album is on the way.
(AllHipHop News) Rap group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony have announced the release date for their newest album, Art of War III.
The latest album from Bone Thugs-N-Harmony features all five original group members: Krazie Bone, Bizzy Bone, Wish Bone, Flesh-N-Bone and Layzie Bone.
Additionally, the group linked with longtime producer DJ U-Neek and Kenny McLeod, who produced Art of War III for the rap group.
The album, which is being released through Seven Arts Entertainment, is due in stores on November 27.
“We are very excited by BTH’s new music, which brings them back to their roots and their great success with DJ U-Neek and Kenny McLeod on ‘Art of War.’ The boys are back in town!” said Seven Arts Music’s CEO, David Michery.
The first single from Art of War III is titled “Bring It Back,” which incorporates elements of Cameo’s classic single “Why Have I Lost You” and Sheila Hutchinson’s song “So I Can Love You.”
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony is scheduled for an autograph/meet-and-greet session at the Boost Mobile store in Inglewood, CA today.