[October 27, 2009]
Monday, October 26, 2009, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony sat down with provocative radio hosts Angela Yee and Leah Rose of Lip Service to speak about their upcoming album, the group reuniting after ten years, and miscellaneous subjects (including sex talk).
Bizzy Bone was not present for good reasons; according to the members, he stayed behind in Los Angeles, California to attend court-ordered drug rehabilitation classes, while the rest of the members took the trip to New York to promote their approaching album Uni5: The World’s Enemy. The four other members, Krayzie Bone, Layzie, Wish Bone, and Flesh-n-Bone, held it down, however, and gave a shout out to Bizzy Bone and stated everything with him is great.
This was not a conventional interview but rather a laid back, carefree, and playful interview throughout. It was quite entertaining and humorous – and perhaps one of the most lighthearted interviews they have ever done. It lasted approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes. The entertainment and questions were countless, so this piece will feature a brief recap of what went down via bullet points.
- Indirect question regarding so-called breakup
Naturally, this indirect question was fitting, considering the group’s constant foursome and trio appearance due to Bizzy Bone’s off-and-on presence (after Flesh-n-Bone was sentenced to prison). Wish Bone stated all families have fights and problems, but the group never broke up and was always intact; members were just doing their own things, but they always had plans to come together as a five-member group when Flesh-n-Bone was released from prison. (Flesh was released July 13, 2008.)
- Regarding hometown of Cleveland
They talked about how Cleveland is one of the poorest cities in America, and how everything is basically the same since they left. Even though they were born and raised in Cleveland, they said they have houses elsewhere and live outside of Ohio. Flesh-n-Bone stated he has not visited Cleveland since his release in 2008, but has plans to visit his hometown in the future.
- Question regarding reality show
Krayzie Bone stated the group would partake in a reality show, but it has to be under the right circumstances. He added that they are looking for a show that depicts them as professional businessmen and not as a bunch of idiots. The group actually had a pending reality show titled Living In Harmony, where several footages were already recorded, but Bone’s manager Bobby Francis recently revealed that the show was canceled because it was not the right situation.
- Question regarding sharing and fighting over women
They emphatically said they have never sexually shared women, or had women come between their friendships because they have boundaries: never mess with a woman that your friend and/or family is involved with. In a disgusting voice, Krayzie Bone said, “That’s nasty to me.”
- Question regarding leader of group
Throughout the group’s career, the question of who’s the leader has been asked several times, and the answer has remained the same: there is no leader (but Layzie Bone takes credit as the unofficial spokesman). The members basically said each member is a leader and plays his role and contributes when need be. When it’s time to speak out, they emphasized that there is no problem, because they have known each other since they were kids and have a close relationship. Thus, speaking out on any matter, especially regarding music, is natural.
- Question regarding best fighter in the group
This segment was rather funny. Krayzie Bone, with some added bass to his voice, said he would beat the [expletive] out of them. Layzie Bone jumped in with rejection, claiming his bigger brother and eldest member Flesh-n-Bone could beat up everybody (and faintly added his name in the equation for approval). Wish Bone, strongly rejected with two words: “Hell no!”
- Account regarding Flesh-n-Bone’s prison fight
Sticking to the subject, Flesh-n-Bone revealed a hilarious story about a fight that he had in prison with a troublemaker, stating that he abused this fellow inmate from one side of the gym to the other and left him bloodied – so bloodied that he was sent to the infirmary.
- Question regarding relationships while in prison
One host asked the members a complex question pertaining to “would [they] wait for a woman who had a 10-year prison stint.” Wish Bone jokingly said yes, but staying monogamous would be out of the question. Layzie Bone said that every man would wait for his woman but, at the same time, he would sleep around until she is released. The question was sparked when Flesh-n-Bone revealed that his 10-year prison stint caused his marriage to dissolve.
- Question regarding Flesh-n-Bone’s transition, prison to real world
Flesh-n-Bone stated his transition went rather smoothly, but he did have to get accustomed to the new technology. For example, he saw someone talking without any device in his hand and thought the person was crazy. However, the person had an earpiece (i.e., Bluetooth) and he had no idea what it was, which generated some laughter.
In the latter part of the interview, R&B singer Omarion came into the studio and embraced and shared a few words with Bone.
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony also talked about their new album and what new style they are bringing as a five-member group. Their leading single “See Me Shine” featuring Jay Rush, Lyfe Jennings, and Phaedra was also played twice – at the beginning and near the end.
Unsurprisingly, they announced a new release date of December 22, 2009(?) for UNI-5: The World’s Enemy; this is actually the sixth time the album has been pushed back.
Overall, the interview was interesting. Angela Yee and Leah Rose are known for their provocatively sexual tone, and they did not shy away from that motif with Bone. They presented a carefree atmosphere and Bone reciprocated that vibe.
Lip Service, the two-hour show, comes on every Monday night on Sirius at 8:00 PM.
[Originally published October 27, 2009 on now-defunct Examiner.com]