Where would hip-hop be today without Bone Thugs-N-Harmony?
When you look into their history, you’ll see that they are the true definition of perseverance, a group that refused to let barriers stand in their way of bringing their message to the masses.
No one thought that the Cleveland, Ohio-based group, which consist of Bizzy Bone, Wish Bone, Layzie Bone, Krayzie Bone, and Flesh-n-Bone, would make any difference in an ever-evolving hip-hop world, but that’s exactly what they’ve done over their 28-year history.
The dream started in 1991, and back then, the group was known as “The Band-Aid Boys.” They would go on to form B.O.N.E. Enterpri$e (yes, that’s how it was spelled) and released their first album from that imprint, Faces of Death.
Faces of Death would be universally panned by the critics, and the group, now known as “Bone Thugs-N-Harmony,” knew that their second LP would be the make-or-break album. So, they retooled their sound and released the Creepin on ah Come Up EP in 1994, and they saw their fortunes dramatically change.
Turning their attention to violent criminal activity, Creepin on ah Come Up went to number 12 on the Billboard 200 and just missed out on number one on the R&B/Hip-Hop Album chart. That LP would spawn one of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's most well-known singles, “Thuggish Ruggish Bone,” and it would set them up for the hit that would break them out as rap superstars.
1995 would see the release of E. 1999 Eternal, and on that LP contained “Tha Crossroads,” a glorious song that explained the tragedy of death surrounding the gang lifestyle. “Tha Crossroads” was, at the time, the highest-debuting rap song on the Hot 100, starting out at number two, and it became the group’s best-selling and best known single.
It was proof positive that their “Cleveland Sound” was a viable hitmaker, and though they’ve slowed down their recording somewhat over the years, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony has never left the scene. In fact, if you’re in the San Francisco area, you can see this legendary rap group in person at The Regency Ballroom in February.
Tickets are on sale now and get them early because this show is expected to sell out. See you at “Tha Crossroads.”