The video, not extravagant but rather the opposite, was recorded during a Bone concert which is clearly depicted through the few clips shown. Nonetheless, majority of the video stays focused on a decrepit room that is painted with graffiti where each member delivers his verse. The run-down nature of this location fits the roughness of the song.
Speaking of roughness, Layzie seems to lack that essence because his delivery is weak, low, and dry, allowing the beat to overshadow his performance. His voice sounds powerless and unenergetic. With a song that thumps, “We’re going hard hard hard hard and it ain’t no stopping .... we hear you knocking like Bone(7x)!” in the chorus, a similar thumping by Layzie would have been fitting in the recording process; but sadly, the end result presents a faint clink.
In contrast, Krayzie, who occupies the second verse, and Flesh, who closes the song, do a nice job by delivering their vocals with vitality, bringing intensity to the song.
“Hear ‘Em Knockin,” in total, is neither great nor poor; it’s simply decent. It will be featured on either The Definition or The Meaning, two solo albums by Layzie Bone that will be released on the same day, February 22. (The video is viewable on the left-hand side of the article; the content is mildly explicit.)