Bone Thugs -N- Harmony
to be honored in Hometown
One of the most Iconic groups, Bone Thugs N Harmony, will be honored in their hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. Driven by a petiton started by Felecia Haney. On video, she says its to pay homage and to many, its a feeling of pride when they say the street name of East 99!! The ceremony will be August 11th. The street, East 99th and St. Clair, made famous as BTNH began its rise in Music. From those humble beginnings, BTNH members consisting of Krayzie, Layzie, Bizzy, Wish and Flesh, carved out a path with many awards and nominations thru music. From Grammy Award for the Legendary "Crossroads", to MTV Vidoe Awards, Soul Train Music Awards, and on. Bone Thugs N Harmony, began around 1991 and a later music under B.O.N.E. Enterpri$e surfaced, with a digitally remastered version released in 1995. After connecting with the Legendary Eazy E of Ruthless Records and N.W.A, the group officially became Bone Thuigs N Harmony. Signed in 1993, many listeners became entrenched in their sound, when "Thuggish Ruggish Bone" which grew and grew and became an instant classic and in that moment had many running up the views on "Video JukeBox".
From the moment you hear "Thuggish Ruggish Bone' and the vocals of Reverend Calvin O. Butts' "We're not against thugs.." speech to the vocals of Shatasha Williams to Eazy E strolling down the Cleveland streets, Hip Hop started to evolve or morph into even more then many dreamed. Just listen to todays music and Harmony. Harmony, group, Icons, Visuals, just seeing a Rap group standing over fire trash cans, harmonizing as if it was a barbershop quartet or Rhythm n Blues collective, showed many, its no limit to where this can go. The question at that time to many afar, was could BTNH replicate, or come back with more to satisfy the thirst to developed in their fans. The answer was a resounding, Yes!! One hit, then two, then "Crossroads", and Bone cemented their place in Hip Hop and Music in general. Years later, as its been 32 years now since they formally joined up, and Bone continues to produce, collectively and individually.
Going back to the Iconic "Thuggish Ruggish Bone", it was so much more then JUST a song, a video or even an introduction to an Iconic group. It was everything that Hip Hop was created to be. From the street level view, to Reverend Butts. As Hip Hops painted gritty visuals that stirred the pot, as many that didnt have that view, always questioned the lyrics but NEVER why or ever really tried to solve the issues that birthed the Music. The Poverty, Despair, or even in their reasoning, the "Lawlessness". They didn't question why would the music be created but instead saw it as glamorizing. Nevermind that many Artists like BTNH may grow from the support but its many who don't have that, and still remain in the same despair, over crowded housing, street politics, and more, as many attack the music still but not the issues that spark the music and creative ways that paint a visual that so many go thru in America, that they wish would remain covered up. And with the renaming of a Cleveland street made famous by a group of 4 Layzie, Krayzie, Bizzy, and Wish and solo Artist Flesh, the collective of Bone will forever be remembered by the patrons who visit East 99th and St. Clair, but dont forget the residents.