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Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's 'UNI-5: The World's Enemy' tracklist revealed

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Official album cover art / Warner Bros. Records

The tracklist for Bone Thugs-N-Harmony’s upcoming album UNI-5: The World’s Enemy has finally been released and it doesn’t look good; it’s quite a head-scratcher. Featuring only 14 tracks, the tracklist is as follows:   

1. The Law (Intro)
2. Rebirth (Featuring Thin C)
3. See Me Shine (Featuring Jay Rush)
4. Only God Can Judge Me 
5. Wanna Be 
6. My Life
7. Everytime
8. Fearless (Interlude) 
9. Gone (Featuring Ricco Barrino) 
10. Meet Me In The Sky (Featuring K Young) 
11. Universe
12. A New Mind = A New Life (Interlude) 
13. Pay What You Owe 
14. Facts Don’t Lie 
This tracklist was actually posted on many Bone forums on April 1, 2010. Because of the nature of this day, fittingly, many thought it was an April Fools’ Day joke. However, as days past, it became obvious that this was no joke at all. The tracklist was authentic and confirmed by Bone’s camp, many online sources – and even online CD retailers. This news bothered some fans, not to mention infuriated some, and it’s for good reasons.       
This 14-track album features an intro and two interludes. If these interludes are really what they claim to be (i.e., a short break between a longer piece), this album will feature eleven songs only. The short tracklist is no surprise to fans, because Layzie Bone made it clear via an interview that about 12 tracks would be featured on the album, after more than 100 songs were recorded for the album. This news, unsurprisingly, did not sit well with many.        
This album (dubbed a “reunion album”) reunites all 5 members after more than 10 years, so many thought the album would feature 15 to 18 songs. With years of being apart as a quintet, having a lengthy tracklist would be appropriate and advantageous to Bone – but what can the members do? Nothing. The group inked a deal with Warner Bros. Records and it calls the shots, despite the creative control the group think it has. 
In fact, record labels usually pay for 10 to 12 tracks for an album, so the tracklist is ideal. If it were up to the group, however, this album more than likely would feature more songs.
(With the exception of about two songs, majority of these songs have been released and heard through the useless think tanks in 2009, executed by Bone’s former brand manager who was let go the start of 2010.)
These 11 or 12 songs featured on this album wouldn’t be a problem if they were all extraordinary; unfortunately, some are not, but only two will be touched on briefly: “Gone” featuring Ricco Barrino and “Universe.”
Gone,” released as a single on March 9, 2010, doesn’t represent the music that Bone is accustomed to making. In truth, this song sounds like it was geared to a pop artist. The beat is horrible; the chorus (executed by Ricco Barrino) is a headache and weak; and the overall ambiance of the song screams out pop music. Rumor has it that a music video will be released; hopefully it’s not true and remains a rumor. 
“Universe” has nothing amazing about it. When Bone began recording for its new album, the members made it clear in nearly every interview that they started a new style called “universe,” where one member raps/sings a small line that is followed by another member and so forth. With so much hype and talk about this new style, one would have thought that it would fit in the category of some of Bone’s greats like “1st of Tha Month” (E. 1999 Eternal), “If I Could Teach The world” (Art Of War), “Days Of Our Lives” (The Collection: Vol. 1), “Battlezone” (BTNHResurrection), etc. – but it does not (at least this song).    
The thinking behind this universe style may have been good, but it was poorly executed in this song titled “Universe.” Like “Gone,” this song is vapidly boring.                
Both “Gone” and “Universe” are not album worthy and should have been left off – and allocated to a mixtape. These songs have no business being on the same tracklist with a great song like “Meet Me In The Sky.” Unfortunately, it falls between both tracks. 
Initially, when Bone started recording for its new album and released more than 20 songs through the think tanks and other channels, the album had all the potential to be a hit and represent something special, because some of the songs that were presented were amazing (but for some reason did not make the final cut). With this current tracklist, Bone will be in major trouble when it finally hits the market in May.        
Not only will the tracklist (with basically old tracks) hurt sales, but also the lack of promotion, causing all the hype and anticipation to dissipate. Moreover, this tracklist features mostly subdued and chill-like songs, and is missing that aggressive nature that Bone usually delivers; “Rebirth” seems to be the only hardest song, which is quite strange for a Bone album.    
In consequence, reaching platinum (i.e., selling 1 million copies) is out of the question. Every artist aspires to sell millions of records, but those days are gone – for the music business has changed dramatically. Back in the day, Bone sold millions with ease, but those days are behind them. Reaching gold (i.e., selling 500,000 copies), however, may be obtainable, but that too will be a very hard feat.    
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony’s new album drops May 4, 2010, that is, if Warner Bros. Records doesn’t push back the album again. 

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Comments

  • JD 4 years ago

    Why bash a tracklist when the majority of people who buy this album will have only heard 2 songs at the most? What is a tracklist to a regular consumer? You sound like some disgruntled over obsessed fan who has been following Bone so closely that you feel like a part of the group and that they need to follow your opinion. Remove this post please.

  • ChaZ 4 years ago

    Good article. This is a weak album and will not sell good. I know my money will not go towards this album.

  • P-CELLY 4 years ago

    Ok, so you have absolutely NO IDEA what you're talking about. Listen, man...seriously, I've been DOWN with the B.O.N.E. since DAY 1 & have probably FORGOT more about them then you'll EVER know. For real, u don't know what you're talking about, yet u get on here & just bash the tracklist, the songs, the release date...EVERYTHING!!!! Bottom line: TRUE Bone fans KNOW they're the greatest group 2 EVER hit the industry AND TRUE Bone fans just want to get the album--regardless of the # of tracks--because we all want to show some love to the lyrical geniuses who've been dropping CLASSICS since b4 u were even born, so just stop writing about groups u know "0" about (stick with Soulja Boy & the other whack 'rappers' u bump 24/7). You going to cop a "Faces of Death" CD 2 weeks ago 4SURE doesn't make u a fan OR a person with any knowledge to blog about them!!! Furthermore, I've heard most of the album already &--obviously it's not another E.99--THE ALBUM'S TIGHT & SO IS 'GONE'!!!!!

  • P-CELLY 4 years ago

    WOW, YOU PEOPLE ARE DUMB AS HELL!!!! B.O.N.E. DIDN'T 'FALL OFF', YOU 'FELL IN'...A.K.A. ...YOU ALL GOT SUCKED INTO THAT B.S. COMMERCIAL, "LET'S-RAP-ABOUT-RIMS-CARS-WOMEN-BOATS-PALM TREES-AND-A BUNCH-OF-OTHER-STUPID-MEANINGLESS-CRAP-THAT-DOESN'T-HAVE-ANY-DEPTH-HEART-OR-CREATIVITY-TO-IT-WHATSOEVER" MUSIC!!!!!!! SO, GO AHEAD, KEEP BUMPIN' YOUR LIL' ______ AND YOUNG ________ ...BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW THAT 99% OF ANY RAPPER COMING OUT NOWADAYS CAN'T THINK FOR THEMSELVES, SO THEY GOTTA EITHER PICK A RAP NAME THAT STARTS WITH LIL' OR YOUNG...LMAO...WHAT A JOKE!!!!! YO, I'M THINKING YOU GUYS JUST MIGHT BE HAVING SOME TROUBLE KEEPING UP WITH THEIR LYRICS BECAUSE THEY'RE TOO QUICK FOR YOU, SO, IF THAT'S THE CASE, DON'T BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR HELP....SERIOUSLY, IF YOU NEED THE ASSISTANCE, JUST SHOOT ME AN EMAIL AT: ERIC48187@AOL.COM AND I'LL HELP U OUT...TIL THEN, KEEP ON BUMPING YOUR YOUNG 'CAN'T RAP' ALBUMS AND JUST CONTINUE TO STEADY SIP ON YOUR HATERADE, CLOWNS!!!!!

  • SciGuN 4 years ago

    hell yea thats not how u review something with ur own personal opinion.

  • Anonymous 4 years ago

    not to sure if any one checks this to much but i bak P-CELLY 5 all the way tell it how it is man bone is the best and will no die or fall

  • old 3 years ago

    only good album was creepin on ah comeup