This may sound blasphemous or cold, but when Michael Jackson died, I really didn’t see why everyone was so shocked and heartbroken. I mean he had been on his deathbed for a while and even when he was healthy, his later years were more controversial than musical. It was sad to see a legend go, but he really wasn’t the icon that people held him up to be in the later years. It wasn’t like he was cut down in his prime like Aaliyah or Tupac. I had the same reaction when I heard that
is now officially broken up, with the departure of Layzie Bone. It is sad to see a great group (that is no stranger to departures) officially come to an end, but then again, when was the last time Bone Thugs really made something that mattered? For those curious Layzie’s announcement read as follows:
What up my fan Family. i just want to take this time to let you know that I'm not part of any of the "Everything 100" shows that are scheduled. I know everyone is asking Where you been Layzie? Well I'm letting yall know that I've been working on My brand new album "Perfect Timing" & Building My Brand Harmony Howse Entertainment. I'm doing what makes sense right now for my family and my self which is building my own brand. I will be performing with Bone thugs n Harmony at the Rock the Bells dates and for a TV Appearance with them, but after that I am not obligated to do anything else with Bone Thugs N Harmony. Let the record show that I'm part of 1 deal with Bone thugs n harmony which is only the single for "Everything 100" Which is all i'm obligated for. I would like to Thank you all kindly for your support!!! If you would like up to date information on Me, Harmony Howse Entertainment and my Artists please check out my official websites & social networks.
-L-Burna aka Layzie Bone-
I don’t want to come off as a hater, although that is probably inevitable, but I am not that heartbroken. I think Bone Thugs doesn’t get as much credit as they deserve when you talk about 90’s hip-hop, but that is just the problem. They were awesome in the 90’s but have had a less than stellar, turmoil-filled career after their initial success; it seemed like every other day, someone was either out of the group or joining back. They still had a ton of success later, but it never reached what it was. 2007’s Strength & Loyalty (which was actually my first Bone Thugs album) went gold and had a few bangers, “Flow Motion”, and “Wind Blow”—but this group jumped the shark well before 2007 which is why I’m not shocked, nor heartbroken that the BTNH saga is now at the end.
Now before you jump on me remember that I fucking love Bone Thugs and I have a tremendous amount of respect for them. Not only did they a win a Grammy for “Tha Crossroads” back in 97, but they also worked with B.I.G, Pac, Pun, and Easy-E (for whom they wrote “Crossroads”). I know they are widely liked and every seems to be a casual Bone Thugs fan—I have friends that claim to love them but couldn’t name a song other than “Thuggish Ruggish Bone”—but the Ohio natives never really seem to get the respect they deserve. I rarely hear them considered as one of the best groups ever, but they are definitely right up there. They are known for their rapid-fire flows, but the R&B/melodic sound was very original and has inspired guys like Future today. It’s a shame they couldn’t really keep it together long enough to sustain their legacy, but if you put their resume next to anybody else’s, I don’t think they are too far off.
So where do you put them RefinedHype Nation? Do you think they are underrated too or am I out of touch? While they still have a few shows and a recent sing, “
” it still sounds like this is the official end to Bone Thugs. Is it sad, yeah, but again, don’t be too upset because it isn’t like their best days are still ahead of them. See ya at the crossroads (or at Rock The Bells) Layzie!