Bone Thugs-N-Harmony: The Interview!
The Wrap Up caught up with Krayzie Bone and Wish Bone of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony fame to talk about music in the nineties, staying relevant in the industry today, their relationship with the late Eazy E, UK hip-hop, preparing themselves for an amazing 20th year anniversary reunion and much, much more…
The Wrap Up: It’s a huge pleasure to speak with you guys. How are you finding London?
Krayzie Bone: Thanks, man. Yeah, we’re really digging London. This is our first time back in a while and, right now, we’re here doing a few shows. I mean, it's changed a lot since the first time we came here; we’re just soaking everything up.
Wish Bone: What has really changed is the music scene. I think that the hip-hop scene is a lot bigger now. We came here like way back in 1997, or something, and it was different.
TWU: Yeah, the rise of the hip-hop/grime scene has been immense over here in the UK. Are you keeping up with it all?
Krayzie Bone: Oh yeah, I like how it has its own swagger. The accent is different for us, but we've been seeing a lot of flows, that Bone Thugs flow, and we really love that.
TWU: How do you think the standard compares to the talent across the pond?
Wish Bone: We’ve been listening to a lot of music, especially with that flippity-floppity flow and the harmonies, and a lot of them have been really good.
TWU: You continue to enjoy a career which has inspired generations and spanned nations, but what have been some of the highest and lowest points in your lives thus far?
Krayzie Bone: Meeting the great Eazy E was the biggest point, because he was a hip-hop icon in our eyes, so for us to be signed to him and have the success that we had is amazing. I still sit back sometimes and think, ‘Wow! We actually hooked up with a person we admired as kids.’ Him passing away was kind of crazy for us. With him being absent from our careers, we made a lot of bad mistakes.
TWU: When you guys first started out, there were a lot more in the group. What happened!?
Wish Bone: There have been problems in the group, but what we realized is that Bones is a family. Even though we may quarrel over business matters, I still talk to all of my goons on what's going on. I am with them every day, all of them: Bizzy Bone, Layzie Bone and the others, so it’s not as serious as everyone thinks. We plan on doing something really big next year, as it's going to be the 20th year anniversary of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. It will take the whole year to go on the road, do a big anniversary tour, album and everything else in between.
TWU: Speaking of business matters, how has the business of music changed from when you guys started out?
Wish Bone: With the advancement of technology, it has definitely changed. Like, when we were out, we had Tupac, Biggie, Bad Boy, Def Jam on our side and labels weren't scared to just put money out. It's just a transition but, if you love music, you have to adjust.
TWU: Are fame, money and success still as important to you as when you were younger?
Wish Bone: It's cool to get acknowledged, but the best thing to me is when a fan comes and says, 'Your music saved my life', that's the ultimate feeling ever.
TWU: Seeing as we’re talking about life-changing music, we’ve got to touch on your classic track, ‘Crossroads’. Did you think it was going to be a hit when you were recording it?
Krayzie Bone: Right when we made it, we had lost five people within two months. At the time, we just thought we had to really pay homage to these people, we didn't even know it was going to be a single.
Wish Bone: I remember one of our friends, who was like the eighth member of Bone Thugs, was killed so we made the song for him. After we finished it, Eazy E died, my uncle got murdered, my brother-in-law got murdered, my grandmother died, Layzie Bone lost his son and it just was like we had to do it again, so we all agreed to remix the song.
TWU: You both still work so hard, with your Bone Thugs music and your record label, and you’re about to go even harder with your tour next year. Do you manage to balance family life with it all?
Wish Bone: It's definitely hard. You miss your kids, and when they want to go in your backpack, all you can say is, ‘Daddy will be back.’ It's crazy, but they love it when they get to go and we have a special seating area for them so they get to see what we do.
TWU: What are some of the biggest misconceptions that people have of Bone Thugs?
Wish Bone: That's a trick question! (Laughs) I mean, the biggest is that the group is beefing with each other, like we are enemies and that stuff – it’s just not true. Back in the day, we were planning to do solo stuff and now they’re saying that we're splitting up, but no, we told you what we were always going to do.
TWU: How do you want the Bone Thugs-N-Harmony family to be remembered?
Wish Bone: As people who actually stayed true to our words, roots and did it for the love of music. We're from the block, we never thought that we were going to make money out of it, and that's why it's a blessing. It isn’t about booty-popping and all of that, sometimes the kids just need a message.
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