Bizzy Bone Interview
|Next Project:||A Song For You (Feb '08)|
|Website:||Bizzy Bone's Website|
At one point a member of the best selling rap group of all-time, rapper Bizzy Bone is now exploring the solo route. After watching his Bone brothers release “Strength & Loyalty,” the first major Bone Thugs N’ Harmony project since 2002’s “Thug World Order,” Bizzy and his label After Platinum Records got busy. Invested in his music and clear of any psychological demons, the Columbus, Ohio, native is set to release his third solo project “A Song For You” next February. During an interview with DJBooth’s DJ “Z,” Bizzy explains the personal struggles he went through while recording the project, why despite his religious nature he won’t be preaching to his listeners and why he doesn’t blame his former group for leaving him out of their fictional film, “I Tried.”
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Bizzy Bone Interview Transcription
DJ Booth: What’s goin’ on ya’ll? It’s your boy “Z,” doin’ it real big, and joining me inside the DJ Booth is a pioneer who hails from Ohio. No further introduction necessary – Bizzy Bone, how you doin’?
Bizzy Bone: How’s life treatin’ you, brother? How are things goin’ over there, Z?
DJ Booth: Life’s treatin’ me good. You know, the Chicago weather has been kind of weird lately – goes from 90 to 67 to 85 to 54. Wherever you are, is it any better?
Bizzy Bone: Well, it’s gloomy out here in New York, and I heard it was gloomy in Columbus, but everything is good on the inside, and that’s what counts.
DJ Booth: Doesn’t matter how the weather is on the outside – as long as the music is good, it helps you get through the stormiest of days, correct?
Bizzy Bone: You know what, that is the truth.
DJ Booth: The hip hop media made a spectacle over your departure as a part of the Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. Was that situation blown out of proportion?
Bizzy Bone: Yeah, I think that they blew the entire situation out of proportion. I think that when it’s at certain time for things, they happen. And it’s still a good relationship, but everything has to change, and it’s just growth, just like birth or any other thing that you deal with – everything must change.
DJ Booth: There was a point when it seemed, at least from an outside perspective, where things weren’t exactly stable in your life. With an album release out on the horizon, how would you describe your current state of life?
Bizzy Bone: Everything is okay – I can’t complain. I really, really can’t complain. Every day is brand new, and everything is workin’ out really, really good. I’m, thankful and grateful for every moment.
DJ Booth: New album, “A Song For You.” That title makes me feel like you’re personally speaking to me. What angle did you take when you came up with that name?
Bizzy Bone: “A Song For You,” is, a very touching, emotional song, and the guest appearance from DMX is definitely one of his best – it is so good, man. The psalm is just touching, it’s beautiful.
DJ Booth: “A Song For You,” as you mentioned, guest stars DMX along with Twista, Jim Jones, Trina, punk rockers Good Charlotte –this being your third true solo project, why did you feel the need to bring on these guest spots? ‘Cause I know that neither of your previous releases really contained many at all.
Bizzy Bone: I think that’s the reason why the label wanted to put it together, to give ‘em something new and something innovative.
DJ Booth: Which guest spot, out of the ones that I just named, do you feel complimented the Bizzy Bone style of hip hop?
Bizzy Bone: I can’t even choose the best, I really couldn’t. That isn’t even for me. I think that is for the people that listen to it.
DJ Booth: That’s fair. The Twista collaboration, “Money,” is the lead single off of the project. After the silly beef back in the 90’s between Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and Twista, what did it mean to put that all aside and collaborate on the same track?
Bizzy Bone: Oh, man, I think that that was a phenomenal thing to put that together. The song is wonderful, everybody loves it, and it’s just a beautiful thing, man. The radios are havin’ a great time with it, the people love it, and it’s just really something that’s gonna get the people to listening to the new record.
DJ Booth: Do you feel like the topic of money, attaining money or having money, is overused in the current day of hip hop?
Bizzy Bone: Mmm… it might be, for those that are looking at it in a certain way, and then it could be that way for people that aren’t even thinking about it – it just depends on the certain person that you may be dealing with at that time. I don’t really have an opinion, and I’m not really good at judging – I’m more, find the good out of it, to the point to where there is no bad.
DJ Booth: Your album’s being released off of indie After Platinum records, with a distribution deal through EMI. Knowing the state of the recording industry over the past few years, what are your expectations for this album?
Bizzy Bone: No expectations – I’m just lookin’ forward to the record coming out, and looking forward to just everything going good. Once everything is finished and everything is completed, there is a light at the end of the road, then that’s a good thing.
DJ Booth: So nothing in particular has to happen for this project to be a success in your eyes?
Bizzy Bone: No, uh-uh – it’s successful just because it was completed. Just to get it completed happened to be a major struggle – we’re gettin’ the videos together, the radio, and all of those good things, and praising Allah every step of the way.
DJ Booth: You mentioned there was a lot of struggles that you went through for the project to be finished. What struggles did you go through?
Bizzy Bone: Oh, spiritual – it’s a bunch of spiritual fightin’, and all of those things, and all of those type of things goin’ on. Just a bunch of spiritual fightin’, you know?
DJ Booth: How did that come to an end where you were able to put it past you and move forward?
Bizzy Bone: Try to block as much of it out as you possibly can, and move forward, and keep on praisin’.
DJ Booth: Last we spoke, you and Layzie were promoting the “Bone Brothers” project off of Koch Records, and during that interview, you said, “I’m gonna just let it do what it do, baby.”
Bizzy Bone: Yeah, gonna let it do what it do!
DJ Booth: Same philosophy three years later?
Bizzy Bone: Yes sir. Definitely.
DJ Booth: For all of your die-hard, long-time fans, who have been with you since the first Bone Thugs-n-Harmony release, what promise can you make them, when this album drops, February 2008?
Bizzy Bone: Can’t really make any promises – all I can tell them is as a servant of Jesus Christ and as a slave of Allah, I’ve done my best. Quite sure everybody in the temple would agree, and I not only speak on behalf of myself, I also speak on behalf of everybody that’s in this temple – every emotion, every thought, every candle that’s lit, every jewelry, every diamond, all of those things, that are well within everyone, that I speak on. It’s gonna be a very spiritual record, and hopefully everybody enjoys it, and goes the right direction.
DJ Booth: I know through your struggles and some of your hard times, you’ve turned to religion. When someone listens to this new album, are they going to feel like you’re preaching to them, or just that it’s very important to you?
Bizzy Bone: Yeah, it’s very important to me – I don’t think that they are going to feel like they’re being preached towards. I think that they’ll understand that to be more of a personal thing – that’s where the battle came in. It’s like not asking anybody – forever Allah, by the way –else to believe in anything else except Allah, and it’s within you, just like you told me. It’s all within you. You don’t have to look any further, you don’t have to crusade, you don’t have to maraud – it’s all in you.
DJ Booth: After the newest Bone Thugs project, “Strength & Loyalty” was released, was there any sense of frustration or jealousy due to not being a part of the album after being a member of the group for so long?
Bizzy Bone: No, no – no jealousy.
DJ Booth: Last month I spoke with Layzie, Krayzie, and Wish prior to the release of their fictional movie, “I Tried.” The plot summarizes the start of your career as a collective, but they said that there was no reason to have you be a part of the project. Based on history alone, do you agree or disagree?
Bizzy Bone: I agree.
DJ Booth: You agree? Were you not there with the group as they were starting their trek toward success?
Bizzy Bone: Yeah, but during the rebirth and things of that nature, when you go in separate directions, things change. People’s outlook on life and the things that they remember – things change.
DJ Booth: The project chronicles the rise to stardom, and I know that you were a part of that, so wouldn’t it be fair to include you in a project like that?
Bizzy Bone: It would be fair to make sure that they have their own free will to do what they want to do, what makes them comfortable – as long as they’re comfortable with their situation, forever Allah, do your thing and enjoy.
DJ Booth: All right Bizzy, you sound like you’re in a really good place in life-
Bizzy Bone: Thank you, brother.
DJ Booth: -so I’m not gonna challenge you whatsoever.
Bizzy Bone: Oh, of course not.
DJ Booth: I wish you nothing but the best of luck.
Bizzy Bone: Oh man, brother, I wish you the best as well. Thank you very much for such a good interview, and if there’s anything other that you need to know, I’m here. And I pray that you keep yourself in good spirits, and that you praise Allah continuously, and that’s just the way it is. I’m a servant of Jesus Christ, and I am a slave of Allah, and I thank you very much.
DJ Booth: Well, I thank you for your time. Have a great day.
Bizzy Bone: Thank you, brother.