Bizzy Bone of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Set To Battle On Ether Card
Lush One recently made an announcement that Bizzy Bone, of the legendary Cleveland hip hop group, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, is set to battle an upcoming battle rap emcee on the Ether card. Bone Thugs, the only group to have worked with legends Biggie, Tupac, Big Pun, and Eazy E while they were still alive, were also given their name and record deal by Eazy E. They were previously known as the The Band-Aid Boys.
Legend and interviews claim that they made repeated calls to Ruthless Records and eventually Eazy E answered, allowing them in for an audition. They performed a track called “Thugs-N-Harmony”, and Eazy E suggested they change their name to that. After telling Eazy they were from Cleveland, Eazy told them he was performing a show there in a couple weeks. A connection was made, and Eazy E helped put Bone Thugs and Cleveland on the map. After Eazy E’s untimely and unexpected death, 10 days after announcing he had AIDS, Bone Thugs felt lost in their careers. Little did they know that they would go on to create countless classics off their albums E. 1999 Eternal, which the title was dedicated to Eazy E, The Art Of War, and BTNHRESURRECTION.
Bizzy Bone is said to have caused turmoil within the group and responsible for the group falling off. In interviews, he claimed it was because he was too drunk and high all the time. He was not featured in numerous top charting music videos due to these issues, caused various problems, and one of the last shows they played before the split up, he was drinking on stage and passed out before finishing the show. This caused him to get kicked out of the group and the entire group eventually split ways with Flesh-N-Bone also having legal troubles.
Various attempts at reuniting the entire group were mentioned and planned but never succeeded. Bizzy Bone, along with Layzie Bone and Flesh-N-Bone would reunite to create some new material and drop Art of War III in 2013, with Wish Bone and Krayzie Bone not on the album at all.
It’s not too surprising to see Bizzy Bone on this card. FilmOn has reportedly done some recent work for his tours. At Rock The Bells 2013, a holographic-like version of Eazy E was produced, in which they performed with him on stage. A Pepper’s Ghost version of Ol Dirty Bastard was also produced at this same event. FilmOn apparently had nothing to do with these effects, although owner, Alki David, likes to believe he owns all rights to the effect that’s existed since the 1800’s. AV Concepts is said to have been responsible for the effects at Rock The Bells and numerous other events featuring similar effects, including Tupac at Coachella. David has been in the news for reportedly trying to sue other companies producing similar effects, claiming he owns exclusive patent rights. Ether is set to feature a Pepper’s Ghost version of the entire event outside of the venue for those dumb/brave enough to pay for cheaper tickets to see it.
With Bizzy claiming to try and get his life back together in a recent Unsung interview, it will be interesting to see how he performs as a battle rapper.