New Music Tuesday

For the first time in 15 years Cleveland’s most well known rap group is back and fresh with the release of their new album Uni5: The World’s Enemy.

Bone Thugs N Harmony was formed in the early 1990s, and originally consisted of four members: Krayzie Bone, Layzie Bone, Bizzy Bone and Wish Bone. They recorded their first album, Faces Of Death in 1993.  After the addition of  Flesh-n-Bone the group headed to Los Angeles in search of famous producer and N.W.A. member Eazy-E.

In hopes of securing a record deal, the group was given an audition over the phone receiving an unfulfilled promise from Eazy-E to call them back. Discovering that Eazy-E was performing back in their hometown of Cleveland, the group took a charter bus back to their home turf to open Eazy-E’s show and they were then signed to Ruthless Records on the spot.

Known mostly for their fast and smooth flow, rather than lyricism, Bone’s style and technique can be described as harmonious, rapid-fire and hawkish. Their style could be best described as a web of high speed, melodic pace or slow, rhythmical pace.  They also tend to ride the beat that they’re rapping over.

Bone Thugs have released hip hop notable albums Creepin on ah Come Up, E 1999 Eternal and The Art of War with successful hit such as “Thuggish Ruggish Bone”, “1st of Da Month”, “Crossroads” and “Foe the Love of Money” to name a few.

Uni-5: The World’s Enemy is their latest release and offers the same fast, ride the beat flow as previous albums.  Their first single “See Me Shine” has a soulful R&B hook mixed in with a smooth flow riding over the beat.  The song features Lyfe Jennings singing the hook “They don’t wanna, they don’t wanna see me shine”. This song is definitely for all the haters out there.  The Game Ain’t Ready demonstrates the evolution of BTNH, combining the group’s trademark, machine-gun flow with an updated beat that lets you know they’ve spent some time not just reminiscing about the past, but on where they want their music to go in the future.

In the end – the album is good and longtime BTNH fans will not be disappointed.  Also, the possibility of the group gaining a whole new generation of fans is not out of the question as they have evolved to offer a more modern sound.

My top pick is:  See Me Shine:

Hope everyone enjoys the reunion of one hip hops notable rap acts!  Good to see them back with fresh new material!  Hope everyone enjoys the holidays and we’ll see you in the New Year!
Bone Thugs N Harmony

Make sure to check out other notable releases this week by

Mary J. Blige – Stronger With Each Tear

Twilight Saga: New Moon Soundtrack – Definitely has some good new artists and songs


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