A nice Layzie/Flesh interview at The Foundry Concert Club in Lakewood, Ohio
Layzie Bone doesn’t just rap fast, as a member of the tongue-twisting group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony — he also acts fast when he sees someone in need.
He was compelled to do just that recently while in Wyoming on a tour stop, while traveling from Casper to Riverton, when he saw a man driving out-of-control.
“He started swerving,” Layzie explained to Wyoming’s K2TV. “We like, Oh, my god, this guy’s gonna kill himself. He hit the dirt and came back, and when the concrete met his tires, he started spinning instantly.”
The rapper approached the car to try to help.
“He didn’t know who anybody was, so I said, ’Do you know Bone Thugs-N-Harmony?’ And he kinda woke up,” he said. “He was like, ’Yeah.’”
It turned out the 24-year-old driver was a diabetic whose blood sugar had gotten too low, resulting in a state of shock. Layzie lent an assist by offering fruit and chocolate to the man, which could help to raise his blood sugar.
“When I see negative things, especially things that happen as a blessing, that could have been the worst, I make it into music,” Layzie said.
“I’m not doing this interview to be no type of hero, like they put it. I’m not that person. I genuinely care about people.”
Check out the trailer featuring Bizzy Bone, Krayzie Bone, and Layzie Bone in the movie “What Now”
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony rapper Layzie Bone was ARRESTED in Calabasas, CA today on warrants stemming from two traffic violations … TMZ has learned.
Law enforcement sources tell us, Mr. Bone — real name Steven Howse — had an encounter with police at a hotel … and during the encounter, cops put his name through the system and discovered the warrants.
We’re told the warrants were issued after Bone failed to appear in court to address charges he had been driving on a suspended license.
Bone was hauled to the Lost Hills Sheriff’s station — where he was booked and eventually released on $80,000 bail.
On his way out of the station, Bone said he would “take care” of the warrants … because he “had no choice.”
He also told us Bone Thugs is putting together a new album … so, there’s that.
LOS ANGELES, CA–(Marketwire – Sep 10, 2012) – Seven Arts Entertainment Inc. (NASDAQ: SAPX) (“Seven Arts” or the “Company”) announced today that its subsidiary Seven Arts Filmed Entertainment Louisiana (“SAFELA”) has commenced theatrical, video, digital and television distribution in the United States. This new division will be managed by Keith Leopard, an experienced executive in United States ancillary distribution, and Kate Hoffman, Chief Operating Officer of Seven Arts. Seven Arts Film Distribution has, through Mr. Leopard, an agency for physical distribution through Viva Pictures, and will handle all other media directly. Seven Arts Film Distribution will also distribute in conjunction with David Garber’s company, Lantern Lane Entertainment, an experienced distributor of motion pictures, television and digital outlets in the United States and GFM Films, Seven Arts’ partner in international distribution. Mr. Leopard will be actively seeking acquisitions for Seven Arts Film Distribution. Three acquisitions are now pending.
Seven Arts’ intends that the first motion picture to be distributed by Seven Arts Film Distribution are the following motion pictures owned by Seven Arts:
1. ”Schism” – a new psychological thriller with horror elements from director Adam Gierasch and starring Callum Blue, Vinnie Jones, Ashlynn Yennie and Nicole Lalibertie.
2. “Nine Miles Down” – a supernatural thriller from acclaimed director, Anthony Waller, starring Adrian Paul and Kate Nauta.
3. “DMX Uncut” – featuring multi-platinum Seven Arts recording artist DMX in concert and “behind the scenes.”
4. “It’s A Bone Thing” – featuring platinum Seven Arts’ recording artist Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.
Keith Leopard is an industry veteran with over 23 years of experience in purchasing, acquisitions, merchandising, marketing and analysis of major studio and independent suppliers to the home entertainment market. Keith spent 22 years at Blockbuster Entertainment and recently was at Millennium Entertainment as VP of Business Development, and spearheaded Millennium’s IVOD strategy.
Chief Operating Officer, Kate Hoffman, said, “It is a natural extension of our existing international sales and production business to take control of our destiny in the ever competitive and ever changing world of US distribution. I am thrilled that Keith has decided to join our company and very much look forward to working with him, David Garber and the team at Viva.”
Keith Leopard said, “I am excited about this opportunity to assist Kate and the folks at Seven Arts with building their distribution business. Along with David Garber, I feel certain we can build a solid business and maximize all opportunities to deliver quality content to consumers, in whichever way they want to consume it.”
About Seven Arts Entertainment Inc.:
Seven Arts Entertainment Inc. is the successor to Seven Arts Pictures Plc, which was founded in 2002 as an independent motion picture production and distribution company engaged in the development, acquisition, financing, production and licensing of theatrical motion pictures for exhibition in domestic (i.e., the United States and Canada) and foreign theatrical markets, and for subsequent worldwide release in other forms of media, including home video and pay and free television.
Cautionary Information Regarding Forward-Looking Statements.
Forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made under the Safe Harbor Provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the anticipated. Seven Arts assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements contained in this release as the result of new information or future events or developments.
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Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Performance – Tha Crossroads
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NBCSanDiego.com has released a new article on the history and reunion of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. Flesh and Bizzy describe the moments together, the impact they’ve had in the industry, and the much anticipated 20th Anniversary Rock The Bells Series Tour.
1993. Before the rap game became a maze of money, Moet and complex metaphor (à la Jay-Z/Talib Kweli), there was Bone Thugs & Harmony.
20 years since their beginning, the iconic Grammy Award-winning group is still at the top of its game, embarking on a cross-country reunion tour presented by Rock the Bells that will stop at 4th & B on Oct. 27.
Drawing root from their recent summer performance at the Rock the Bells festival, the annual hip-hop showcase, the core of this tour is a celebration of family, for it is their undeniable chemistry that has won Bone Thugs & Harmony a gold medal in longevity, a feat not be taken lightly.
Rap is a boxing match dance of survival of the fittest. Who can endure the grit of the music business, who can remain relevant, who will write the manual all the Lil Wayne’s, Drake’s and Kanye’s will try and emulate?
While learning that dance to success remains a complex routine, whatever two-step shuffle ball change it takes, Bone Thugs & Harmony know it.
“When [Bone Thugs & Harmony] come together it’s one of those special situations, it’s fireworks and sparkles,” says Flesh, joining Bizzy on the phone for an exclusive interview with SoundDiego.
Reuniting the original Bone Thugs crew (Layzie Bone, Krayzie Bone, Wish Bone, Bizzy Bone and Flesh-N-Bone), the Rock the Bells tour they’re set to embark on will keep it old school, focusing on their greatest hits, the best moments from their history. “I’m excited to go back to a moment, like we never went nowhere and time stopped,” says Bizzy.
For both Bizzy and Flesh, their rise to fame and subsequent success is nothing extraordinary. They just happened to be a group of Cleveland kids in the early ‘90s who became bound together by a shared dream to make sense of their story, a drive that would take them from the Cleveland streets to Los Angeles.
“We just met up in one cool time, in one cool place, and decided to take a chance on going to L.A. and making something of it,” says Bizzy, laughing. And from there? “The rest is history! We’re one of those stories, like ‘What do you know… [we] little knucklehead kids actually did it!”
Like anyone else, they worked non-stop, stalking down the industry heads of that era, starving for someone to listen to them. “Hey we all have our aspirations, hungers, and desires,” says Flesh. “But, there is a difference in an artist that tries to bring a certain reality to life.”
And that difference happened to make all the difference, separating them from all the rest who were trying to make it.
Creating an aural anthology of a cultural feeling, the group released its first album in 1993 and quickly began topping charts with tracks such as “Tha Crosroads,” “Money, Money” and “Thug Luv,” featuring rapper 2Pac.
Infamous for their ability to examine the world through raw, real talk, the lyrics of Bone Thugs crafted a message through songs, spinning simple words into melodies and providing a relevant soundtrack to a generation that was rapidly changing.
“Whether it’s songs about reminiscing on someone, or getting stuff off your chest, or kicking back having a good time, we have a way of talking to you where we get right to the point,” Bizzy explains.
In a society craving honesty, Bone Thugs & Harmony quickly became popular. In the face of their growing celebrity, however, the group would quickly learn a few truths of its own.
With fame came a great deal of disharmony as their careers grew quickly. Some dealt with substance abuse issues. Some dealt with jail time. All dealt with dealth as the ’90s saw a huge shift with the passing of several rap icons. Mentor and friend Eazy-E, the West Coast producer who first gave the Midwest transplants a California chance and later produced some of their most iconic songs, passed away from AIDS with little warning.
Many in the group moved onto solo projects. Some involuntarily, such as Bizzy who was forced to leave the group 10 years ago when various issues resulted in a group-wide dispute.
But for all of the challenges, the collective energy that transported them from Cleveland’s streets to universal rap titans has once again trumped their differences.
“On the outside, [people] might look at us and think, ‘Oh, they trippin,’ but they don’t know the internal,” says Flesh. The petty drama behind them, the group members are committed to one another.
“No matter what, we understand how to inspire and encourage each other,” Flesh adds.
With a focus on keeping harmony among the Bone Thugs family, Bizzy explains, “We wanna make sure nobody goes crazy. We just wanna keep a smile on everyone’s face all the time.”
“Everybody is a genius in their own right,” says Flesh. “It takes a lot of compromising,” but ultimately, he explains the audience remains the group’s “common goal.”
Blurring together groups that might otherwise stand divided, with two decades behind them, Bone Thugs & Harmony certainly attract an eclectic demographic. “It’s an older crowd, it’s a younger crowd, it’s not like what you’d expect,” Bizzy says.
For regardless of genre, music will always hold an uncanny ability to bring people together, a philosophy which Flesh attributes to the search for inspiration. “People need inspirational feedback; [they] are thirsty to be motivated,” he says. “Art? That’s the stuff that outshines everything else. Without it you wouldn’t even get out of bed in the morning,” he adds.
For Bizzy, art is an evolutionary process. Quick to shy away from overanalyzing how hip-hop might have changed from witty wordplay to a heavily club-influenced scene, for Bizzy the future is all about movement.
“You can’t say let’s get back to this or let’s go back to that. No! That’s where you came from, so you have to let it grow and take on a life of its own,” he says.
Committed to keeping it fresh and not resurrecting the past, for Bizzy the tour marks a new beginning, built on years of experience.
“All these years! It’s a beautiful thing. We work work work work, and it turns you into getting really good!” he says. “It’s sort of like one of those Charlie Sheen things, we’re winning.”
“Without getting messed up first,” he quickly adds, quoting the actor’s infamous tagline.
“We even look the same as we did 10 years ago!” Bizzy says, “But now we know what the hell we’re doing!”
“Everybody has the opportunity to succeed, but we were lucky enough to have Eazy-E who did a great service by pointing us in the path of accomplishment,” says Flesh. While talks of a new album have surfaced, manager Jamie Adler says the focus for the rest of the year remains staying on one thing at a time, and at present that is the tour.
“We’re just pursuing the same things as everybody else with a happy life,” says Bizzy. “Staying healthy. Getting rest. Eating veggies. No fast food,” he says.
With all new momentum, Flesh gives San Diego one warning, “Get ready. If you ain’t in the building SD? Get right.”
Boost Mobile in association with Guerilla Union presents
ROCK THE BELLS TOUR SERIES 2012
ROCK THE BELLS TOUR SERIES TO HIT VENUES NATIONWIDE
FEATURING THE 20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY REUNION OF BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY
Boost Mobile in association with Guerilla Union have announced that Rock the Bells Festival—the world-class hip-hop festival series that occurred in three major markets this past summer—will be hitting venues nationwide in the ROCK THE BELLS TOUR SERIES. Legendary hip-hop group BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY—who were billed as the festival’s “Special Guests”—will continue celebrating their 20 year anniversary reunion as headliners of the Tour Series.
The ROCK THE BELLS TOUR SERIES will kick off on October 26 at The Grove of Anaheim in Anaheim, California and continue through the rest of 2012, making stops in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Arizona, Milwaukee, Hawaii and Guam. In addition to an exclusive performance from all five original members, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony will also pay tribute to the late Gangsta Rap pioneer, Eazy-E.
Krayzie Bone, one of the group’s members, states: “It’s a wonderful thing that we were able to team up with Guerilla Union after the Rock the Bells experience was such a success. Now that the official reunion dates have been confirmed, I really look forward to getting back out there and reaching our fans and giving them what they been wanting for a very long time, and that’s a tour with all five members. With the help of Guerrilla Union we can finally make that happen. It’s going to be historical, mark my words.” Guerilla Union founder Chang Weisberg adds: “Seeing all five members on stage at Rock the Bells this summer, for the first time in years, was a moment long-awaited in hip-hop! Those that made it to the festival in San Bernardino, Mountain View, or New Jersey experienced history right before their eyes. We do understand that, unfortunately, not everyone had this opportunity, but with the Rock the Bells Tour Series, we’re able to bring the music to the fans that weren’t able to come to us. Thanks especially to Bone Thugs’ booking agent Jamie Adler and long-time manager and CEO of A2Z Entertainment Steve Lobel, who were major players in realizing this reunion, people all over the nation will get a chance to witness a milestone in not just hip-hop, but music-history.”
Tickets for the ROCK THE BELLS TOUR SERIES are now available. Fans are advised to check their local venue for info on tickets, and are encouraged to sign up for the Guerilla Union newsletter for important announcements and up-to-date information regarding the tour. For more info, please visit www.rockthebells.net or www.bonethugsnharmony.com.
ROCK THE BELLS 2012 TOUR SERIES DATES & VENUES:
10/26 – The Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim, CA
10/27 – 4th & B, San Diego, CA
10/28 – The Dome, Bakersfield, CA
11/16 – Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Maui, HI
11/17 – Kaka’ako Waterfront Park Amphitheater, Oahu, HI
11/18 – Kilohana Plantation, Kauai, HI
11/23 – Yigo Amusement Park, Guam
11/29 – Studio 503, Portland, OR
11/30 – Dos De Oro, Yakima, WA
12/01 – Revolution’s, Boise, ID
12/14 – Marquee Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
12/15 – Salt Air Pavilion, Salt Lake City, UT
12/21 – The Rave, Milwaukee, WI
WEWS NewsChannel 5 posted a video on Youtube of Layzie Bone and Flesh-N-Bone stopping by a President Obama field office to encourage people to get out and vote this November. You can watch the news segment below: