Bone Thugs N Harmony


Bone Thugs-n-Harmony have a style all their own. Mixing aggressive, streetwise lyrics with an uncanny ability to harmonize together, the Bone Thugs are an instantly recognizable force in the rap game. Though they rap like Biggie or Tupac , they can also sing together like an inner-city Simon and Garfunkel. Members Krayzie Bone, Layzie Bone, Wish Bone, Flesh-n-Bone, and Bizzy Bone alternate between rapid-fire rap and slow, harmonious synchronization, often multiple times within the same song. One of the few early 1990's rap groups to remain active today, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony have a inimitable sound that has largely influenced many artists in the present day hip-hop community.

Coming from Cleveland, Ohio and originally billing themselves as the B.O.N.E. Enterpri$e, the members of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony had been rapping together since 1990, and recorded their first underground album Faces of Death in 1993. In 1994, after an improptu audition with former NWA member and prolific producer Eazy-E, they landed a contract with his label, Ruthless Records. They recorded their first album Creepin on ah Come Up the same year. Singles like Thuggish Ruggish Bone and Foe Tha Love of $ became instant hits, and their memorable street-choir sound brought them to the forefront of the rap scene.

If Creepin on ah Come Up was a hit, then their second album, 1995's E 1999 Eternal, dropped like a sledgehammer. Certifying 6x platinum and winning a Grammy for Best Rap Performance with nostalgic, introspective track Tha Crossroads, the Bone Thugs were at the top of their game. Over the next seven years, Bone Thugs-in-Harmony released four more albums. Of these the most influential was 1997's The Art of War, which featured a long-awaited collaboration with Tupac and sold triple platinum.

After the lackluster sales of Thug World Order in 2002, Flesh-n-Bone's 2000 imprisonment on gun charges, and Bizzy Bone's 2005 dismissal from the group, there was speculation as to the fate of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. After a five year absence from the hip-hop scene, the remaining members of the group released their latest effort, 2007's Strength & Loyalty. Demonstrating a mature evolution of the Bone Thug trademark sound and a double-digit guest list, Strength & Loyalty is their way of coming back stronger than ever. I Tried, featuring fellow rapper/vocalist Akon is a shoutout to their childhood in the streets of Cleveland, while Lil' Love with Mariah Carey and Bow Wow is a fast-paced, poppy effort that would be more at home in the clubs than in the streets.

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Formed: 1993 // Cleveland, OH, United States

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Bone Thugs-n-Harmony is an American Hip Hop group from the Glenville section of Cleveland, Ohio. They are best known for their fast-paced, aggressive rapping style and harmonizing vocals. The group was mainly produced by Los Angeles producer, DJ U-Neek. In 1997, the group was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance with their song "Tha Crossroads" from their E 1999 Eternal album. Since its conception in 1993, the group has been honored with numerous other awards. Bone Thugs-n-Harmony also collaborated with Eazy-E, 2Pac, Big Pun, and The Notorious B.

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