Kicking off their latest tour with the first stop on their multi-city ticket being in Minneapolis, the hit makers, who were short Bizzy Bone (a founding member) Bones Thugs-N-Harmony took to the stage with a bevy of classic tracks and a celebration of new beginnings, by offering the crowd a seamless show that had everyone in the room wishing that they could freeze time and remain in the Crossroads of their infamous live music catalog.
Throughout their set, the group paid homage to some of music's fallen greats by blessing the mic with tributes to 2Pac, The Notorious B.I.G., Michael Jackson, and of course Eazy E, the former NWA member who lost his battle with AIDS right after helping BTNH jumpstart their career in entertainment. They also wowed the crowd with some of the songs that bookended their success: The Crossroads, Thuggish Ruggish Bone, East 1999, 1st of tha Month, I Tried, and their new hit Meet Me in the Sky and Rebirth.
The Cleveland natives, who for the past 19 years have seen an onslaught of victories that were never faded by the troublesome cloud that hung lightly over them through portions of their career, are reunited with all five founding members, Krayzie Bone, Flesh-n-Bone, Bizzy Bone, Wish Bone and Layzie Bone in celebration of their long awaited return with the album Uni5: The World's Enemy.
BTNH's music, although immersed in the heart of their own daring adventures and haunting stories of street life, are recognized for their uplifting messages and the rawness of their content upon the impact of each touted hook and catchy anthem. But over the double decade span of their successful career, current musical styles have changed immensely and the radio has spun a new flock of artists who may or may not be celebrated for the purity in their lyrics and the potency in their affirmations of street life and survival, quite like the Quintet have always been known for.
The levels of musical acceptance have changed and no longer are artists spouting out songs about mourning the death of their fallen street soldiers, rather radio is being overtaken by the celebration of superficial ditties and world renowned club anthems that make the listener wish to do all but re-evaluate their circumstances and make a change for the better. "Even when we first came out, we didn't mix with anyone as far as style was concerned. We were doing something totally different and everyone else came on board and started doing what we're doing. We're coming at it the same time around this time too," Krayzie Bone told Insight News.
For a group like BTNH, who pioneered areas of the Hip Hop genre' and have heavily influenced their protege's, they see opportunityu rather than fear of needing to ride with the times. They are taking their rightful titles back of being known as a musical force to reckon with, by reminding us that they're like a four-leaf clover in an open field; beautifully rare and intrinsically moving.
With Flesh out of prison after a 10 year stint, and all give gents arching their bow for a successful new and noticeably mature start to the current battle for worthwhile Hip Hop Music, it's only a matter of time before their luck of taking over the musical airwaves strikes twice in one lifetime, like lightening carving a continued path towards honor and greatness.
For more information on the tour and to find out when the new album drops please visit www.BoneThugsNHarmony.com