Bone Thugs N Harmony Breaks down albums part II

Layzie: “The reason we came out with a double album was because Tupac did it. That nigga Krayzie was like, ‘We are going to make two albums out of this.’”

Krayzie: “it’s not like we were feeling ourselves where we thought we could do anything we wanted to do. We just happened to have so much material and so many songs recorded we wanted to get all that music out. We had been sitting on some of those ideas for years before we even got signed. That’s why those albums were so easy for us to bang out. After we did Eternal we were ready for another album. We went into the studio and banged out World War 1 and World War 2. On World War we were able to work with Tupac (“Thug Luv”), which was great. We met him coming out of the Le Parc hotel in Los Angeles. He was just getting released from prison. We walked past each other and when he saw us he was like, ‘Oh shit…Bone…what’s happening?’ We chopped it up and he was like, ‘Man, we got to get in the studio together.’”

Layzie: “I actually remember the conversation we had with Pac when he pulled up in front of the Le Parc. He was in a brand new drop top Benz 500. When he got out the car I was like, ‘Pac, where the weed at?’ That nigga had a Philly box up under the seat and gave me a handful of weed. He was so real.”

Krayzie: “But then after that Bizzy Bone ran into Pac while he was on his way to the studio. The two of them went into the studio and made the song ‘Thug Luv’ happen. We didn’t know anything about it until we heard the song later!”

Layzie: “Bizzy was trying to do his own thing. But when we heard Bizzy on that song with Pac, we were like, ‘Hold up. We are going to be on this song…that’s Pac! Fuck what you are talking about [laughs].’ So we jumped on.”

Krayzie: “It was crazy because just like Biggie, two or three months after we did the song with Pac, he passed.”

Krayzie: “The Mariah Carey song came about when I was in Cleveland. I got a call from my manager Steve Lobel and he was like, ‘Mariah wants to do a song with y’all. She wants to pay for y’all to come down in a couple of days. We were like, ‘Cool.’ But what’s crazy is when me and Wishbone got on the plane, we didn’t want to leave Cleveland. We had so much going on at that time. So we were talking about getting off the plane, but we procrastinated so long to where they closed the doors and we were like, ‘Man, fuck it. Let’s just do the session.’”

Layzie: “I told them that I would just stay home. But Mariah was like, ‘Get that nigga here.’ She sent a plane just to get me in the session. I’ll never forget that.”

Krayzie: “So we get to the studio and Mariah isn’t even there yet. Puffy and Stevie J, who produced ‘Breakdown,’ had a silver platter sitting on the studio counter with Hennessy and nothing by bomb ass weed. Man, we walked in that bitch and lost our minds [laughs]. We got so high that we passed out before we even heard the song. When we woke up, Mariah and everybody were in the studio listening to the beat. They were like, ‘Y’all alright?’ [laughs] But when Stevie J. let us listen to that track we went straight to work. Mariah was the nicest person. Very down to earth…real cool and laid back. And she was so creative.”

Flesh: “I was really excited about this project. I was able to record and see the album through the mixing and mastering phase and get ready to shoot the fucking videos and then I got popped. I should have been able to go through the clean phase without going back to jail. I had been through the drug treatments and failed them. But circumstances led to what happened that evening. At the end of the day I was protecting myself. I felt like I was in a situation where I had a couple of [altercations] that night. The situation escalated. (On September 22, 2000, Flesh was sent to Pleasant Valley State Prison for 10 years on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and probation violation.)”

Krayzie: “It was a shock in terms of how it all went down with Flesh. Especially when I heard about the amount of prison time they gave him. I was like, ‘Man, that’s crazy…just like that?’ And then with Bizzy off doing his thing away from the group I could see the whole vibe not being as strong as it was supposed to be. It made us look like to the public that Bone was falling apart. People were looking at us like, ‘Well, these dudes can’t get their shit together…these niggas are still untamed.’ That really hurt us.”

Layzie: “Bizzy’s problems were bigger than the group. They stemmed from childhood. There were things that we didn’t know about. I was so in love with the whole Bone Thugs thing, so it really hit home. Losing my little brother Bizzy was hard. But we had to keep it going and that was the bottom line. There was no stopping me, Krayzie and Wish. We wanted to keep Bone Thugs-n-Harmony together for eternity.” (In the early ‘80s, Bizzy and his sister became victims of child abduction by the hands of their biological father. For more than a year, they were led to believe that their mother was dead. Bizzy’s disappearance was even featured on America’s Most Wanted and his picture was shown at the end of the 1983 TV movie Adam. Years later, Bizzy talked candidly about the mental abuse he suffered during the ordeal, which he said deeply scarred him.)

Krayzie: “I was listening to Phil Collins’ greatest hits when the song ‘Take Me Home’ came on. The beginning had an instrumental part to it and I was rapping to it like, ‘Damn…this sounds like something Bone would rhyme to.’ I sampled the section and the hook and I laid a verse down to it and the rest of the members heard it and they were like, ‘Man, we should use that song.’ But we were like, ‘There’s no way Phil Collins is going to clear this song [laughs].’

“He had never done anything with a rapper and no one had ever done anything over his music. So our manager at the time knew Phil’s management and he called Phil and he agreed to do it! And he agreed to shoot the video as well. But he told us if we wanted him to appear in the video we would have to fly to Switzerland where he lives. So we get on the plane and get out there and it was so cold…like 20 below out there. We all had to have on two pair of pants, four jackets…we were bundled up. Phil later told us, ‘The reason why I granted the song to be cleared is because I said to myself these dudes must have great taste in music because ‘Take Me Home’ is one of my favorite songs.’ That whole experience was great.”

Layzie: “We were trying to collect our money from Ruthless. We were getting used to Eazy being gone, but we just needed a change. We were on the same label for 10 years, so we wanted to do something for ourselves and not just make money for Ruthless. That’s why we did the independent thing [with Koch]. Initially, we didn’t leave Ruthless on kosher terms. But immediately after we left, we all came to the conclusion like, ‘Maybe we should try different things.’ This was all happening even before Thug Stories. We went into Thug World Order knowing it was going to be our last album for Ruthless.”

Part III coming tommorow!

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