Bone Thugs-n-Harmony hail from Cleveland, Ohio and are comprised of Krayzie Bone, Layzie Bone, Bizzy Bone, Wish Bone, and Flesh-N-Bone. Bizzy Bone has been in and out of the band over the years due financial disputes. Flesh-N-Bone was away from the fray from 2000 to 2008 due to being incarcerated for assault with a deadly weapon and a probation violation. He was arrested again in 2009 and 2010 but charges were eventually dropped. Layzie Bone also stepped away briefly to pursue a solo career.
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony began their career delivering a pretty straight-forward brand of gangsta rap. What separated them from others was their use of melody and the high speed at which they rapped (called “chopper style”).
They frequently employed the technique of rapping very quickly over slow rhythms and many of their songs use extended verses with few choruses. Bone Thugs-n-Harmony describes their style as “flip flop flow.”
When they began, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony generally rapped about violence and marijuana. They have since evolved. Nowadays, their lyrics tackle a wide variety of subjects.
1993: Faces of Death
1994: Creepin on ah Come Up (EP)
1995: E. 1999 Eternal
1997: The Art of War
2002: Thug World Order
2006: Thug Stories
2007: Strength & Loyalty
2010: Uni5: The World's Enemy
2013: The Art of War: World War III
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony broke into the business thanks to the help of legendary rapper Easy E. In fact, BTNH signed with E’s own record label in 1993. To get an audition with the former N.W.A. member, the band rode a bus from Cleveland to Los Angeles only to discover that Easy E was getting ready for a show in their hometown.
E’s concert in Cleveland was promoted by the co-executive producer of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony’s debut album, Faces of Death (released on an indie label). The promoter got the band an audition with E backstage at the venue. Easy E then flew the band to Los Angeles to sign the contract.
E named the quintet “Thugs-n-Harmony.” At the time, they were called “B.O.N.E. Enterpri$e.” The guys wanted to keep the name “bone” so they added it to the front of Easy’s suggestion.