With their harmonious, melodic, yet rapid-fire gangsta style Krayzie, Layzie, Bizzy, Wish, and Flesh dominated the 90s hip hop airwaves as Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. Signed by west coast pioneer and Ruthless Records co owner Eazy-E, in 1993, Bone debuted their EP Creepin on ah Come Up, which featured their breakout hit "Thuggish Ruggish Bone". After a sucessfull career, the Cleveland Ohio based hitmakers shocked fans once they announced that they were bidding the hip hop game farewell.
In 1995, the group released its second album E. 1999 Eternal, which included hits "1st of tha Month" and "Tha Crossroads” A tribute to their friend an mentor Eazy E who had passed away shortly before. "Tha Crossroads", won a Grammy Award in 1997. Bone have also collaborated memorable hits by iconic rappers 2Pac (Thug Love) the Notorious B.I.G. (Notorious Thugs) among others. MTV called them "the most melodic hip-hop group of all time".
Although still a member of the group, Bizzy Bone with his trademark high-pitched delivery started his solo career in 1998. His solo debut, Heaven'z Movie, was critically acclaimed and certified platinum and featured the hit, "Thuz Cry". Due to conflicts within the group, longtime members Krayzie Bone and Wish Bone officially left the group in April 2011 to work with their independent label, The Life Ent. They would later return, officially reuniting the group. In August 2013, Layzie Bone announced that he would be stepping aside to work more on his solo career. Also, in the same month, Bone signed with eOne Entertainment (formerly known as Koch Records).
Bone's subject matter has both spiritual and occult undertones ("Hell Sent","Mr. Ouija", and "Mr. Ouija 2"). At first, their subject matter was almost always exclusively about violence, death and marijuana use. Today, their subject matter includes other topics such as urban socio-political issues, and positive messages. Besides minor changes to subject matter and sound, their lyrical style, and overall appeal remain intact, and has been the influence of many new artists today who often imitated their unique style.
On July 15, 2014, it was announced that Bone Thugs-n-Harmony will release their currently untitled final album in 2015. The group will also conduct a 20 country world tour beginning in December 2014.
What an awesome run they’ve had! We will miss them, and wish them all the best in their future endeavors.